Trail Mix to the Rescue!
Mid-mornings and mid-afternoons are notorious for low blood sugar levels and constant cravings…. We tend to go for anything that’s sweet, and this often means biscuits, muffins, lollies and the like, which are full of sugar, excess carbs, damaged fats (trans fats) and offer no goodness whatsoever.
A priceless tip for preventing this habit is to include good protein and good fats in every meal, and preferably snacks too. Together, protein and fat lower the glycemic index (GI), leading to balanced blood sugar levels and a feeling of fullness.
Commercially bought trail mixes are usually packed with dried fruit (often with preservatives) and can be rather pricey too.
Make your own trail mix in a large glass container to have on hand for those weak moments. A couple of handfuls a day will go a long way. This is because nuts and seeds are packed with essential fatty acids and good quality protein (not to mention vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre).
This is my favourite combo at the moment, but don’t let your imagination stop you (do go easy on the dried fruit however). Do go for organic or at least preservative free ingredients. If you choose activated nuts, even better!
1/2 C almonds
1/2 C cashews
1/3 C pecans
1/3 C walnuts
1/3 C chipped coconut
2 tbsp cacao nibs
2 tbsp pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp white mulberries
2 tbsp goji berries
1 tbsp sour cherries
Combine all ingredients into an air tight glass jar and store in a cool, dry place.