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Trail Mix

Trail mix is a convenient snacking mixture made up of high energy snack foods to keep you going on a hike, though it can also be just as convenient for those surviving in the urban office jungle.

It can be made up of literally anything (ideally something edible of course, and that doesn’t melt or become sticky in your pocket!) but generally consists of nuts, seeds, oats, dried fruit and some people even put jelly beans or M&M’s into the mix as well! Sugar coated chocolate is great for adding to trail mix for a morale boost, and the hard shell generally keeps it together in warm conditions so doesn’t stick to everything else in the mix!

The best thing about making your own trail mix is that you can tailor it perfectly to each persons taste, I like quite a range of different fruit and nuts but Ryan can’t stand most of it! This isn’t a recipe as such but below is an example of what we would normally include in our personal mixes to give you a little inspiration:


Ryan’s trail mix – Dried banana and apple slices, almonds, pecans, cashews, and pistachios, granola/flapjack bits* and Smarties or similar sugar coated chocolate.


Sarah’s trail mix – Exotic dried fruit mix (pineapple, coconut, orange infused cranberries, raisins), mixed nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts), granola/flapjack bits* and Smarties or similar sugar coated chocolate.


*Flapjack bits: You know those crumbs that are left in the bottom of the tin and on the chopping board from your home-made flapjacks? Ready to sweep them unceremoniously into the bin? STOP RIGHT THERE! Save them for using in trail mix, they're simply crunchy bits of sweet cooked oats like granola and taste great - plus you just spent a long time making them! :)


You might like these adjustable snack bags to minimise space and plastic waste on your adventures, plus they're colour coded so you know who's mix is who's!


Remember that high-energy is also high-fat so if you're using it as an office snack you should limit how much you munch on (a palm sized quantity is generally considered a single serving of nuts) but on a proper hike you are likely to burn it off anyway. I eat a handful of mixed nuts as a mid morning work snack every day and have found it keeps me going a LOT longer than a chocolate bar from the vending machine and provides me with a lot of the nutrients and good fats that my brain and body needs! 


We'd love to hear from you, share your personal trail mix combination in the comments below!


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Living the #vanlife since before it was a hashtag and touring on two wheels with her husband Ryan, they have a wealth of camping and motorcycling knowledge to share, and know a thing or two about packing light! read more

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