Oh hi! It is gorgeous and sunny out right now, and I just came in from BBQing and it was so warm out and it really feels like summer!
Ok, so in my last post, I talked about food literacy and where to find more information. Recently, I’ve found Goodness Me!’s webinars, which are free and led by holistic nutritionists and other experts. I find them super interesting, and so far I’ve had the opportunity to sit in on one about avoiding sugar and reducing sugar cravings, and tonight I’m in one about fermentation and gut health. While they do pass on some amazing information, and make this information available to as many people as possible, really listen to what’s being said, since they are hoping to sell you their products. That being said, the holistic nutritionist speaking tonight had some amazing descriptions of autoimmune diseases that made them so easy to understand. She’s also focusing on adding foods to promote digestive health, versus removing foods and avoiding them, and how one diet will not work for everyone! Very interesting to listen to. The point is that there’s lots of information (good and bad) out there. Find it, but think about what you read and hear, don’t just assume every thing you hear is right.
Trail mix time! So when I was in high school, we did a lot of camping with our school programs, and I loved to bring the Costco trail mix, full of nuts and raisins – and of course M&M’s. And it is soooooo easy to say you’re going to only eat a handful of trail mix, and then eat a huge amount. Trail mix is generally a calorie-heavy, sugar-heavy, and fat-heavy food, so we don’t want to eat a ton of it. This mini recipe in portion controlled, but still has a bit of sugar from the dates and cranberries. The pumpkin seeds provide some healthy fat and a little bit of iron ( we all know I’m trying to cram more iron into my diet all the time), while the fruit provides some fibre to keep you full and keep digestive-type-things moving.
Meal prep pro tip: pack a bunch of these servings into little snack Ziploc bags or small containers and keep them handy. Throw one in your lunch bag for a morning, afternoon, or pre-gym snack, or keep one in your purse/back pack/gym bag/car for snack emergencies. Another great option is to portion out 14 almonds in the same way to mix it up.
This recipe makes 1 snack serving.
- 4 dates
- 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp unsalted pumpkin seeds
- Combine the ingredients in a small bowl, container, or snack Ziploc bag.