The benefits of making your own trail mix at home include costs savings, choice of ingredients – e.g. salt- and oil-free nuts and fruit, and ratio customization. This base recipe lists the main ingredients of most trail mixes (nuts, dried fruits, seeds, and fun extras) and it is up to you to play around and create a unique mix all your own. This trail mix can be stored for up to one month, and we suggest using individual serving packages or bowls so you can control portion size when snacking.
1/2 cup nuts of choice, raw or dry roasted, salt- and oil-free (e.g. almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, walnuts)
1/2 cup fruit of choice, dried, oil-free (e.g. apples, banana chips, blueberries, cranberries, cherries, raisins)
1/2 cup seeds of choice, raw or dry roasted, salt- and oil-free (e.g. pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup fun extras (optional) (e.g. coconut flakes, dairy-free chocolate chips, dried edamame, pretzels)
Toss all ingredients together in a bowl. Trail mix can be stored in sealed bags or containers for up to 1 month.
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD
Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD is Founding Director of UC Davis Integrative Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health Sciences at the School of Medicine at the University of California Davis. Blending a life-long passion for food and nutrition with over 20 years of scientific experience in genetic research, Dr. Oliveira is devoted to educating people about how food and lifestyle choices can affect genetic expression–i.e. how genes are turned on and off and either cause disease or promote health. She is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in the US since 2003.