Trail mixThat slump at 3pm every day? Means your body needs more calories, well, and maybe less sugar and caffeine and maybe eating a decent breakfast and lunch but those are a whole other blog post.

Afraid of nuts? Think they are full of fat and calories and don’t really serve you well other than increasing the number on the scale? Think again.

Nuts have staying power against hunger due to the role of protein and unsaturated fat, the kind of fat that protects your heart from disease by lowering the bad kind of cholesterol implicated in heart disease. Omega-3 fats, another healthy fat, are also in many nuts – their role is to keep the rhythm of your heart steady to prevent heard attacks.

Fiber, as well as fat, keeps you full and is known to lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes. Some nuts have plant sterols, the substances margarine companies use in products like Benecol to lower your cholesterol. Vitamin E in nuts helps keep the lumen, that hollow inside, wide open so nutrients can flow freely to your body and l-arginine keeps your blood vessels more elastic and flexible. All in all, nuts sound pretty damn impressive to me.

Here’s a recipe to get you started on creating your own heart healthy, slump zapper snacks. If you want this for breakfast instead, add 1 cup of your favorite dry cereal (aim for <10 g sugar and >5 g fiber per serving), douse with your milk choice and feel the vibe!!

Classic Trail Mix

  • 1 c. unsalted roasted almonds
  • 1 c. dried cranberries
  • 1/2 c. raisins
  • 1/2 c. toasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 c. toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips

Mix all together and store in 8 individual Ziploc bags.

Makes 8-1/2 cup servings: 313 calories, 8 g protein, 21 g fat, 5 g fiber.

 

Trail mix – the go-to slump zapper

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