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!
Also, you can check out a round up of other trail mix recipes.
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.