Tips on Building your Own Snack Mix at Home

Creating a delicious, healthy snack mix at home is easier than you might think! Instead of reaching for store-bought options that are often high in added sugars and salt, crafting your own snack mix allows you to control the ingredients, boosting both flavor and nutritional value. This customizable snack mix formula pairs proteins and healthy fats with high-fiber carbohydrates, while infusing a burst of antioxidants and seasoning without the excess sodium. Here's how you can build your own balanced and satisfying snack mix:

Step 1: Choose a Protein/Healthy Fat:

To start, select your protein and healthy fats. These are essential for keeping you full and energized throughout the day. Consider including:

  • ¼ cup raw nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or cashews
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds or pepitas
  • ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup roasted or air-fried chickpeas

Step 2: Choose a High-Fiber Carbohydrate:

Next, add high-fiber carbohydrates to your mix. These are great for digestive health and help maintain steady blood sugar levels. Options include:

  • ¼ cup unsweetened dried fruit like cherries, apricots, or raisins
  • ½ cup high-fiber cereal such as bran flakes or Bran Buds
  • ½ cup dried sweet potato chips (preferably made in an air fryer for less fat)

Step 3: Spices/Flavors/Seasonings:

Seasonings add a flavorful punch without the drawbacks of excessive salt. Experiment with:

  • A mix of garlic powder, onion powder, and cumin
  • Chili powder and garlic powder for a kick
  • Exotic touches like curry powder
  • Sweet spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice
  • Savory zest from lemon pepper seasoning

Step 4: The Fun Stuff:

This is where you can add some playful elements to your snack mix. A few indulgent yet controlled options include:

  • 2 Tbsp chocolate chips for a sweet touch
  • 1 cup air-popped popcorn for volume without many calories
  • 2 Tbsp mini marshmallows for a delightful sweetness
  • ¼ cup lightly salted mini pretzels for crunch

Step 5: Mix and Store:

Combine all your chosen ingredients in an airtight container or individual ziplock bags for easy, on-the-go snacking. This not only keeps your snacks fresh but also makes it convenient to grab a balanced, tasty treat anytime.

By making your own snack mix, you’re not just indulging in a tasty treat; you’re also taking a step towards healthier snacking habits. This approach lets you enjoy a variety of textures and flavors while ensuring you stay satisfied and energized with every bite. Happy snacking!

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