Thursday, April 26, 2012

Trail Mix Fanatic!

Everyone says that I eat like a bird. Probably because I do. I have a snack here, a bite there...and honestly, I contribute part of my "thinness" to the fact that I keep my metabolism up by snacking a little throughout the day. The trick to this though, is healthy snacking! Personally, I am obsessed with two things: trail mix and bananas. Weird, right? I like banana-flavored anything...but that's not the topic today! :)

The problem with trail mix is you have to be careful because is can be FULL of calories. Remember, nuts, although good for you have lots of fat and calories. So, eat the trail mix, but don't take a "ginormous" bag with you to school/work because you will eat the whole bag, and ruin all your hard work!

Here is one of my favorite recipes...and I found it on the American Heart Association definitely heart healthy!

Cooking Spray
1/4 cup sliced almonds
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tsp water
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
2 cups whole-grain oat cereal with yogurt-flavored coating
2 cups whole-grain wheat and bran flakes with raisins
1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
1/2 cup dried unsweetened blueberries

(I always add some dried, unsweetened banana chips too!)
Cooking Instructions
Put a piece of aluminum foil about 12 inches square on a platter or baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
In a small nonstick skillet, dry-roast the almonds over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly golden brown, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated and the almonds are coated with the mixture, stirring constantly. Transfer to the foil. Let cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.
Add the cooled almonds to the cereal mixture, stirring to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

What is your heart healthy snack? Please, share it with us!


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