Road Trip!

Apr 13, 2010 by Kristi Rimkus

When was the last time you packed a bag on the spur of the moment, threw it in your car, and hit the road? That feeling of adventure and freedom is exhilarating!

This is exactly what my husband and I did this weekend. 

We’re in the process of moving to a new home. Our current home is half packed, so we’re living in a state of limbo between two houses. What a perfect time to head to the ocean to refresh and relax before the big move. 

A road trip wouldn’t be the same without snacks for the drive. Part of the fun is munching on a treat while you watch the scenery pass by.

My snack of choice is a nutty trail mix. I’m not referring to the trail mix you can buy at the store that’s loaded with sodium, extra fat and plastic chocolate. I’m talking about a mix of fresh nuts and seeds, and some really terrific dark chocolate. 

I like my trail mix raw, and my husband likes his roasted, so I make it both ways. Since he does the driving, I need to make sure he’s happy too.

It’s time to hit the road, and I won’t forget to grab the trail mix on my way out the door!

Raw Nuts and Seeds Trail Mix with Dark Chocolate Chips

1 cup pumpkin seeds, raw
1 cup almonds, raw
1 cup sunflower seeds, raw
1 cup walnuts, raw
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chocolate chips, dark

Servings: Makes 24 – ¼ cup servings

Directions:

Combine ingredients and seal in an airtight container. 

To roast the nuts, preheat the oven to 400 degrees and spread out on a non-stick cookie sheet. Roast 15 – 20 minutes, taking care not to burn, until nuts are fragrant.

What’s good for me in this dish?

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein. Not only that, they provide 50% of the manganese you need in a day, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, tryptophan, iron, copper, vitamin K, and zinc.

Walnuts are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, manganese, copper and tryptophan. Omega 3 fatty acids contribute to a healthy heart. They’re known to lower bad LDL cholesterol levels, and raise good HDL cholesterol levels. They also improve and control high blood pressure.

Dark chocolate of at least 70% cocoa, contain flavonoids, which provides antioxidant effects that helps protect against heart disease. 

Amount per serving: Calories: 184, Total Fat: 13.46g, Cholesterol: – Sodium: 1mg, Total Carbs: 12.52g, Dietary Fiber: 2.88g, Sugars: 7.59g, Protein: 4.99g, Weight Watchers Points 4

Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com.

Currently, Kristi Rimkus authors her own blog over at Mother Rimmy’s Cooking Light Done Right.

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