Make one of these high-protein trail mixes for your next hike, or enjoy it as a snack to keep you energized.
Step 1: Make a mixed-nut trail mix Make a mixed-nut trail mix by combining 1 cup of cashews, 1 cup of peanuts, 1 cup of almonds, 1/4 cup of shelled pistachios, 1/4 cups of pretzels, 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, 1/4 cup of chocolate-covered coffee beans, and 1/4 cup Reese's Pieces in a large bowl. Put 1 cup of trail mix in individual resealable snack bags for each hiker.
TIP: Store the mix in a cool dry place so the chocolate does not melt.
Step 2: Make an energy trail mix Make gorp by combining 4 cups of cereal, 2 cups of peanut M & M 's, 2 cups of small crackers or pretzels, 1 cup Brazil nuts, 1 cup of dried apricots, 1 cup dried cherries, and 1 cup of raisins in a large bowl.
Step 3: Make a marshmallow trail mix Make a marshmallow trail mix by mixing 1 1/2 cups of marshmallows, 1 cup of dried apricots, 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup of cashews, 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/4 cup of sunflowers seeds, and 1/2 cup of shredded coconut.
TIP: Add more protein by adding chopped up beef, turkey, or salmon jerky.
Step 4: Make a toasted almond mix Make a toasted almond trail mix by combining 1 cup of toasted almonds, 1 cup pitted dates, 1 cup dried banana chips, 1 cup of dried apricots, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, and 1 cup of raisins.
Step 5: Make a spicy trail mix Make a spicy trail mix by combining 1/2 tablespoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, 6 teaspoons of ranch dressing mix, 4 cups of bite size pretzels, 1 1/2 cups of crisp cereal squares, and 1 1/2 mixed nuts in a large brown paper bag. Add the oil and shake. Place the trail mix on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Enjoy these high-protein snacks on the go.
FACT: Over 90 million pounds of marshmallows are sold each year in the United States.