Back in my Girl Scout days, we would make our own trail mix (or "gorp" as we called it) to satisfy our hunger pangs while out on hikes. I know this is still recommended for both Boy and Girl Scouts as well as for novice and trained hikers. Trail mixtures are typically a combination of dried fruits, nuts and seeds with hearty grains and a bit of sugar to keep up your blood sugar. It is lightweight, easy to keep and store in a small bag, and packs a hearty punch when you are in need of some energy while being active outdoors!
- Gather ingredients.
- Nuts (cashews, peanuts, macadamias, almonds, walnuts)
- Dried fruits (cranberries, raisins, apricots, apples, banana chips)
- Dried cereals/carbohydrates (granola, Chex, Cheerios, Kix, pretzel pieces, baked bagel chips)
- Something sweet (chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, carob chips, butterscotch chips, m&m's, gummy bears, etc.)
- Seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
- Choose at least three items. The best mixture will include one selection from each category listed; although there is no maximum number. (An example would be cashews, raisins, sunflower seeds, pretzel pieces and carob chips.)
- In a bowl, mix together your own concoction. There are no specific measurements needed.
Get ready to enjoy a crunchy, salty (you can also make it without salted nuts and seeds) and sweet snack in the wilderness. It will curb all of your cravings!