It says a lot that trail mix is still the go-to snack for hikers some 50 years after its invention. Our new spins on this nourishing carb-and-protein power snack will keep your engine humming whether you’re on the trailsor just motoring through busy summer days.
Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
Sweet surprise: Dark chocolate and cranberries are both great for heart health.
Say yes to peanuts: They’ll keep you full longer and may help prevent a blood-sugar spike.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, light brown sugar, creamy or chunky peanut butter, eggs, conola oil, pure vanilla extract, barley flakes or rolled oats, dried cranberries, dry-roasted peanuts, semisweet chocolate chips.
Try this recipe: Chocolate Peanut-Butter Energy Bars
Tropical Trail Mix
Ingredients: Honey, canola oil, allspice, ginger, raw almonds, raw cashews, raw shelled pistaschios, unsweetened coconut flake, dried papaya.
Try this recipe: Tropical Trail Mix
Flaxseed smarts: It must be ground to reap all of its benefits, including a protein boost and heart-healthy omega-3s.
Ingredients: fat-free plain yogurt, old-fashioned rolled oats, golden raisins, ground flaxseed, honey, orange zest, nutmeg, raspberries, nectarine, plums.
Try this recipe: Mega Muesl
Yogurt Crunch Parfait
Why add pumpkin seeds? For crunch, plus essential minerals: iron, zinc, and magnesium. Blueberries are at their juiciest and sweetest in late summer. Take advantage!
Ingredients: Light brown sugar, unsalted butter, quick-cooking oats, raw pecans, raw pumpkin seeds, plain yogurt, cubed cantaloupe, blueberries.
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Supercharged Cherry-Almond Cookies
Good news for your workouts: Tart cherries may ease sore muscles.
Almonds are the most popular nut in America. Peanuts would take first place, but they’re technically legumes.
Ingredients: Whole-wheat flour, almond flour, sea salt, baking soda, unsalted butter, light brown sugar, large egg, unsweetened applesauce, almond extract, dried tart cherries, natural almonds.
Try this recipe: Supercharged Cherry-Almond Cookies