3 Trail Mixes to Fuel Your Active Life

As an avid backpacker, I know the value of a good trail mix. It’s portable energy that goes anywhere and doesn’t need refrigeration.

Trail mixes are great when traveling anywhere. If you find yourself on the road where there aren’t many vegan options, take a bag of healthy trail mix with you. It’s better than foraging for something vegan at fast-food chains. You’ll find trail mixes fuel you for your active life.

Get Creative and Make Your Own Trail Mix

To make trail mixes, start by visiting the bulk-food section of your local market. There, you’ll find all the ingredients to custom-make your own. Get creative and tailor the ingredients to your liking.

It’s easy to make your own and much less expensive compared to pre-packaged brands. Packaged trail mixes cost about $8 a pound, but you can create yours for much less. And you can avoid the added sugar, fat, and artificial ingredients that some brands add.

Weight Loss Tip
For those who are trying to lose weight, keep in mind that trail mixes are high in calories. You’ll want to limit your serving size to 1/4 cup, which is about 170 calories—or chose a lower calorie snack option.


I want to share three of my favorite trail mixes. To make these, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Then, transfer individual portions into small containers or baggies to take with you.


1  Chocolate Crunch Trail Mix


  • 1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips (substitute carob chips if you want to avoid caffeine)
  • 1/2 cup dry-roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1 cup mini, whole-wheat pretzels, with salt
  • 1/2 cup dried banana chips


2  Tropical Fruit & Nut Trail Mix


  • 1/2 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup dried pineapple, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup dried papaya, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, unsalted


3  Sweet and Salty Trail Mix


  • 1 cup mixed nuts, salted
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries


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