healthy snacks

Trail mix is an excellent healthy snack, if you make a good choice. Here, I’ll give you some tips on general things to consider about trail mix, as well as possible healthy and not-so-healthy qualities of this food.

Healthy qualities of trail mix

Antioxidants. If your trail mix has dried fruit such as blueberries and cranberries, this is a plus for health. These contain antioxidants, which help protect against disease. Other brightly-colored fruit such as goji berries are also a great source.

Heart-healthy fat. Nuts contain a hefty dose of unsaturated fat, which is beneficial for heart health. If your trail mix contains walnuts, you will get some omega-3 fats out of your snack. Omega-3 fats have many different functions in the body. Trail mix might also have other items such as sesame sticks or corn nuts mixed in, which also contain heart-healthy fat.

Fiber. Both dried fruit and nuts contain fiber. Fiber is important for so many reasons, including to help us maintain a healthy weight, have healthy digestion, and maintain heart health.