Nuts are a perfect appetizer or snack, ideal for snacking between meals. It is the best way to kill hunger between meals as they are very healthy and full of properties and nutrients. In addition, every August 31, we celebrate the Day of the most popular combination of nuts and dried fruits: mixed nuts. Will you join us to celebrate it?
The mixture of nuts and dried fruits, also called nut cocktail or scrambled eggs, is a very complete and healthy appetizer (as long as we buy them in their natural state). We can also find them roasted. In addition, they include different types of nuts, some of the mixtures also include dehydrated fruit, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, and various legumes, such as beans or peas.
And, although we can buy it already prepared, if we want to make sure that it does not carry extra salt, or have not been toasted, we can always prepare it ourselves at home. Later we will see some great mixes of nuts and dried fruits ideal for celebrating this day.
What does the mixes nuts provide us with?
If you remember, we have already seen the benefits and properties that nuts provide us. And is that they are a food that gives us a lot of energy and good fats.
Although each one of them has different contributions, in general terms, nuts help us to keep our heart in good health.
They are also perfect antioxidants, and prevent premature aging of our cells.
Nuts help us to maintain a good memory, while taking care of our nervous system.
But, as we say, this is only a small summary, because each of the nuts and dried fruits has many contributions and nutrients essential to maintain a healthy and balanced diet.
Mixed Nuts and Dried Fruits Day
It is believed that this snack was invented in 1968. Thanks to two surfers from California who started mixing peanuts and raisins to get an energetic snack, easy to carry and eat, when they went surfing. And they came up with a great combination of ingredients that gave them the energy and nutrients they needed after hours of exercise. In addition, the combination of salty and sweet, enhanced both flavors.
Although there are those who claim that this recipe is somewhat earlier, as it already appears in a book by Jack Kerouac, where his two protagonists elaborate a combination of nuts for their hiking trips.
Want to celebrate Mixed Nuts Day?
Cheer up and prepare your own mix, you will get a great and very healthy snack with your favorite nuts. Here are some options.
The great advantage of preparing your own mixed nuts is that we will avoid the large amounts of sugar that some of these preparations contain. In addition, we will prepare it completely to our taste, thus avoiding the typical selection that we all unconsciously make when buying a nut cocktail.
We can also add an extra flavor by adding different spices. When you have it ready, store it in an airtight glass jar and you will have your cocktail ready for every time you want a snack; or to replenish after exercise.
A simple Mix with Cinnamon
- Dehydrated blueberries
Mix the quantities you prefer of each of these three nuts and flavor with a touch of sea salt and a pinch of cinnamon. Delicious!
With an exotic touch
- Dehydrated Banana Chips
- Shredded Coconut
Other ingredients to make your own trail mix
You can include your favorite nuts, but don’t forget to include dried fruit for a sweet touch.
You can also add chocolate chips.
Want an original flavor that you won’t find in store-bought cocktails? Keep in mind the spices: cinnamon, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano… You will add a very original touch and a great taste.
Do you like popcorn? They combine perfectly with nuts. So go ahead and add a handful of popcorn to your favorite mix.
And with this we finish celebrating Mixed Nuts Day. What is your favorite combination? Leave it in the comments. And don’t forget to share on your social networks how you celebrated trail mix day.
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