This festive trail mix is packed with cashews, almonds, and superfood berries and makes for a perfect healthy treat for Valentine’s Day.
Thanks for all the birthday wishes for Isaac. We had a blast celebrating his 30th this weekend and I’m excited because we’ll be celebrating my b-day in just a few days. February is a fun month!
Speaking of which, today I have a little Valentine’s Day treat for you. The idea for this mix was inspired by a superfood trail mix that I’ve purchased before but also the fact that trail mix is a pretty sweet Valentine’s Day gift. Much better than a stuffed animal and a chocolate rose, at least in my opinion.
This trail mix packs a heart-healthy punch with two of my favorite superfoods: goji berries and mulberries; the best snacking nuts: cashews and almonds; dried cranberries and of course, chocolate. Obviously, I couldn’t leave out the chocolate — it is a Valentine’s Day mix, after all. Plus trail mix is always better when there’s chocolate involved.
For the chocolate I used a bar of Alter Eco 85% cocoa dark chocolate that Isaac received as a gift from one of his students. I really liked this bar — the flavor is great, it’s organic and only has four ingredients (cacao beans, cocoa butter, raw cane sugar and vanilla beans). Dark chocolate is heart-healthy, can help relieve stress, fight fatigue during a workout and lowers your blood pressure.
You’ve likely heard of goji berries, but you may be new to mulberries so here’s the 411. They’re a dried fruit similar to raisins and figs, in terms of sweetness and texture and they’re an excellent source resveratrol, the same anti-aging nutrient found in red wine, as well as iron, calcium, vitamin C, fiber and protein. One ounce has 4 grams of fiber and 3 grams of protein! They’re definitely one of my favorite dried fruits! I really like the Navitas Naturals brand.
Time to dig in!
- ½ cup goji berries
- ½ cup mulberries
- ¼ cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
- ⅓ cup cashews (raw or roasted & unsalted)
- ⅓ cup sliced almonds (toasted)
- 2-3 sections of dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl and serve. Store in an air-tight container for up to 7-10 days.
The mix should make about six servings if you want to share, but if you’re anything like me you’ll be able to polish it all off yourself pretty easily — I made my batch on Friday and it’s already gone…
Looks like I’ll need to make another batch before Friday! Happy Tuesday friends.