This week’s review is short and sweet because I think pre-made trail mix is the biggest waste of grocery money, unless you are going on an actual trail like I recently did.
You should have a number of these ingredients in your kitchen to begin with so what’s the hassle of throwing them together in a bag? Especially when you likely want more of one particular ingredient that they don’t put enough of…for me it’s usually chocolate and cashews.
On the other hand, I sometimes can’t or don’t want to make it, so I buy it. As I write this, a pre-made bag of trailmix is waiting for my 8am flight in a few hours, so it’s good to find out your faves.
The best trail mix has the delicious blend of salt, sweet, fat and protein, because on a trail, that’s what you need delicious macro and micronutrients made to sustain. For folks with nut allergies, there are tons of seeds to choose from, including pumpkin which is a great source of complete protein.
BONUS TRAVEL FOOD HACK
Since most of us aren’t walking actual trails (Oregon or otherwise), let’s think airports and road trips. Since salad selections can be slim, consider brining trail mix to add to a weak salad, bonus points if you bring a TSA approved bottle of dressing. Both are an easy way to enjoy your trip more without lugging tons of stuff through security.
PRODUCT NAME: Essential Living Foods: Superberry Symphony
Tagline : “From the source”
First 3 ingredients: cashew, goji berry, mulberry
Tastes like ... sweet + salty trail mix!
Would go great...over salads in need of a boost
PRODUCT NAME: Malibu Trail Mix
Tagline: "Love is our ingredient"
First 3 ingredients: Cashews, Goji Berries, Brazil nuts
Tastes like ... berry butter
Would go great...over cereal in need of a protein boost
PRODUCT NAME: Sunfood Berry Adventure
Tagline: "The Sunfood Difference”
First 3 ingredients: Cashew, goji berry
Tastes like ...cashews with a few berries
Would go great...blended into a smoothie