Trail mixes are one of the best snacking alternatives that you can take. Trail mix is actually a combination of dried fruits, nuts, and sometimes other ingredients. Some trail mixes of today include candy and chocolates along with the traditional ingredients.
If you eat trail mixes for your snacks then you are eating something healthy. The traditional trail mixes are a combination of common foods which are naturally nutritious but some companies have added less healthy ingredients to it including sugar, artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. If your trail mix is organize and all natural with no sugar, then this is the best kind of trail mix to snack on. Some manufacturers put more sugar in dried fruits to make them sweeter but even without sugar, they are already naturally sweet.
If you are eating healthy snacks on a regular basis, it can make a surprising difference to your health and weight loss goals. It is not only for weight loss that you eat healthy snacks. You should eat healthy snacks all the time. Potato chips, donuts, and candy bars are favorite snack items but these are unhealthy and should not be eaten especially in between meals. Their nutritional value is very small but they have huge amounts of sugar, salt, and empty calories. Fruit has natural sugar and nuts are high in protein and healthy fat. A healthy trail mix consists of organic dried fruits and nuts.
It is important that foods be consumed moderately. Trail mix can also be fattening if eating regularly without control. if you are looking for a healthy snack to eat every day, resist mixes with chocolate. Chocolates are high in sugar and calories even if we think that they are considered healthy because they are high in antioxidants. Treat chocolates as an occasional treat but stick to nutritious trail mixes for your everyday snacking.
Today, high quality trail mixes include superfruits like blueberries, goji berries and other fruits that are high in antioxidants. They are, however, more expensive than traditional mixes that are composed of raisins, apricots, and other less costly fruits. Mixes with sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds are the extra healthy trail mixes.
If you look at regular trail mixes, they usually contain more peanuts which is one of the less healthy nuts. If the peanuts used are non organic, then they are heavily sprayed, and they are also high in calories and contain a less than ideal omega 6 to omega 3 fat ratio. You can still eat peanuts that are organically farmed. A combination of almonds, walnuts, cashews or pecans which are the healthiest nuts make up an ideal trail mix.
You can take your healthy trail mix to work or to school or wherever you are going. Make sure you always bring your healthy snack around so that you don’t get tempted to each junk foods on your break time.