Lower calorie trail mix

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I love trail mix, but I can’t justify the calorie whallop packed in a little 1/4 cup serving. This week, I stopped by Trader Joe’s and stocked up on some essentials to make my own. I’ve included the calorie counts for the recipe I made tonight, but feel free to adjust accordingly by adding more cereal, omitting the chocolate chips, replacing the chocolate chips with carob, etc.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 c. Trader Joe’s High Fiber Os
  • 3 c. Trader Joe’s High Fiber Cereal
  • 1 c. Craisins
  • 1 c. golden raisins
  • 1 c. dried cherries
  • 1 c. raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 c. raw pepitas
  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 1 c. raw walnuts
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

The directions are simple. Mix it all up and store it in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information (according to TheDailyPlate.Com)

Makes 27 servings (slightly more than 1/3 c. each)

  • 204 calories
  • 11 g. fat
  • 20 mg sodium
  • 25 g. carbs
  • 15 g. sugar
  • 4 g. fiber
  • 2.6 g. protein

The cereals are a great source of fiber (and the O’s have a good amount of protein). The nuts are a good source of heart-healthy oils, calcium and protein. Choosing unsalted nuts keeps the sodium really low.

In addition to eating this plain, you can use it as an oatmeal or yogurt topping.

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One response to “Lower calorie trail mix

  1. Yum!! I love mixing lighter cereals with my nuts and dried fruits. It’s such a good way to enjoy those things along with some lighter items mixed in. Your mix looks awesome! I’m glad you put chocolate in the mix. 🙂

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