Over hill, over dale,
we have hit the dusty trail….
As our stomachs go growling along….
Up and down, in and out, heart and kidneys right about,
Our trail mix keeps us rolling along.
For it’s low-low-you see, that our blood pressure is to be, Shout out our readings loud and strong.
Till our final ride , It will always be our pride
To keep our commitment moving strong….
I know. Please forgive me, as I’ve just completely defiled the original lyrics. It’s all the inspiration that I could come up with today (other than the recipe and photo).
Our trail mix recipe, or “GORP” formula has long since evolved from good old raisins and peanuts (a.k.a. granola, oats, raisins, and peanuts; or gobs of raw protein) into something more robust and DASH diet friendly (fruits, nuts, and whole grains).
No matter if it’s a seasonal, gourmet, or whatever-happens-to-be-in-my-pantry blend, I still can’t figure out why our GORP always seems to be the first “healthy” snack food to completely disappear when we’re out and about. Guess it’s good karma…
We generally blend our trail mix using the following proportions: 3 parts dried fruit, 3 parts dried nuts, one part granola, and one part “other” — usually chocolate or candied fruit. Frankly, almost any combination tastes good. Happy Trails!
PS – Keep in mind that these ingredients are high energy and pack a big punch (= serves its’ intended use).
List of Low Sodium Ingredients for Trail/GORP Mix*
Dried Fruit (make sure the manufacturer hasn’t added any sodium)
Dried apples (chopped)
Flaked, unsweetened coconut
Dried plantain chips
Low-sodium Granola (or other breakfast cereal)/ toasted rolled oats
(Air popped) Popcorn
Nuts – Un-Shelled, Unsalted, and Pan Roasted (see our blog post for more details on pan roasting nuts– sometimes we toss the roasted nuts in a light sugar mix)
Other Tasty Morsels
Candied Orange Peel
Candied Finger Lime
Low sodium marshmallows
Peanut butter chips