I’m a huge grazer. Snacks are my favorite and while I’ve been pregnant, I’ve snacked on everything under the sun. Sometimes I’ll crave rich chocolate, and other times I’ll want a Caesar salad (I had both yesterday by the way, thanks to Whole Foods). While I take pride in being a snacker, one thing’s for sure, I can definitely work on making healthier choices. Trust me, I’m all about eating the things you crave, but I know adding healthier options to my diet is always a good thing, and it’s something I need to work on.
I’ll especially want to be conscious of what I’m consuming in the coming months after the baby is born because I plan to breastfeed again and I’ll need a lot of nutrients and vitamins for both myself and the baby. One snack I’d love to turn to is trail mix. It’s a healthy alternative to a lot of other snacks and normally contains ingredients that keep you full. It’s the perfect thing to graze on, too!
Knowing that I won’t have a ton of time to prepare/make food a couple of weeks after giving birth, I’ve started to think about some things I need to stock up on, or meals I’d like to make in advance and trail mix is such an easy snack to prepare and make at home. And since today is National Trail Mix Day, I made my own version of trail mix, including some of the flavors I enjoy. It’s sweet, salty and tart all in one bite and full of ingredients that will help me feel energized, whether I’m working, chasing my toddler around, or going on a long walk/run.
If you end up making this snack, don’t forget to tag your photos with #marinamakeseats!
Autumn Trail Mix
Makes about 5 cups of granola
- 2 cups of honey and oat granola clusters (broken into bite size pieces if needed)
- 1/2 cup of salted peanuts
- 1/2 cup of dried cherries
- 1 cup of sliced almonds
- 3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
Place all of the ingredients in a bowl. Mix and enjoy!