Easy Snacks For Hiking In The Woods Or To The Couch
Trail mix is hardly new.
In ancient times nomadic tribes made concoctions of dried berries, fruits, meats and nuts for the same reasons we mix these types of ingredients today: It creates a portable, tasty, high-energy and generally healthy easy-to-store food or a snack that requires minimal preparation without standing over a fire pit or stove.
Native Americans had their own version of trail mix called pemmican. It was made with dried moose, buffalo or caribou meat, animal fat and berries. This trail mix sounds a bit more labor-intensive, but it had a shelf-life of months, and pieces could be broken off and used to start a hot stew.
In the United States, many of us have called mixtures of grains, nuts and dried fruit GORP, which stands for something like “good old raisins and peanuts” or “granola oats, raisins and peanuts.” In Germany, trail mix might be called studentenfutter or “student feed.” Denmark has dubbed it studenterhavre or “student oats.” In some parts of the world, it is referred to as scroggin.
Whatever you call it, here are a couple very easy and diabetic friendly trail mix recipes you might enjoy.
Rice Cracker Trail Mix
- ~ 4 cups assorted rice crackers
- ~ 3/4 cup dried apricots, halved lengthwise
- ~ 3/4 cup lightly salted cashews
- ~ 1/4 cup chopped crystallized ginger and/or golden raisins
Stir all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 5 1/3 cups
Two-Minute Trail Mix
- ~ 1/2 cup (3 oz) dried blueberries
- ~ 1 1/4 cup (6 oz) dried pineapple
- ~ 1 1/3 cup (6 oz) sweetened dried cranberries
- ~ 1 cup salted or unsalted soy nuts
Combine all of the ingredients in an airtight container and combine by shaking. Makes 3 3/4 cups.
Did you know Aug. 31 is National Trail Mix Day? Be prepared!