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7.20.2014

Don't Worry, Be Happy Trail Mix

We recently began working with a nutritionist to help us understand which foods will be the most beneficial for my son to consume to not only keep him healthy, but help him focus, regulate his emotions, sleep well, and remain fairly calm throughout the day. 
While most of the meals that fit this category need to be made/eaten in the comfort of our home (oatmeal, eggs with spinach, broccoli, peas with butter and salt, roasted green beans, black beans, turkey bacon, fish, smoothies, chicken, ground beef, quinoa, brown rice...). We do travel outside of the house from time to time (all the time) and need a good snack option for on-the-go.

Don't Worry, Be Happy Trail Mix

Pumpkin Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts
Sliced Almonds
Cashews
Raisins
Dark Chocolate Chips  

Other good choices: Homemade Popcorn, or Pistachios 

I made a big batch and separated it into smaller containers, or sandwich bags, so we can just grab some on our way out of the house. I try to do equal amounts of all of the nuts and seeds, and just a handful or so of raisins and dark chocolate chips. 

Health Benefits Of Each

Pumpkin Seeds: They contain many bone friendly minerals, such as Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper, Magnesium, Zinc, and Iron. They also contain Protein, Vitamin K, L-tryptophan (helps with sleep and lowering depression), and B Vitamins. 

Sunflower Seeds: They contain Selenium (fights cancer), Magnesium, and Copper. They also contain Vitamin E, and lots of antioxidants. 

Walnuts: They are high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Protein, Manganese, Copper, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium. They have lots of antioxidants, Vitamin E, and B Vitamins.

Almonds: They aid in lowering "bad" cholesterol and the rise in blood sugar after meals. They contain Vitamin E, Phosphorus, L-carnitine (boosts brain activity). They are also alkaline forming (meaning they help balance pH levels). 

Cashews: They contain Copper, Phosphorus, Manganese, Magnesium, and Zinc. They contain monounsaturated (heart healthy) fats. 

Raisins: Aid in good digestion. They contain high levels of Catechins, which aid in cancer prevention. They also contain Iron, B Vitamins, Phenolic & Polyphenolic Phytonutrients (enhance immune response and cell-to-cell communication), and Calcium. 

Dark Chocolate: Contains Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Selenium, and Antioxidants. It is protective against the oxidation of LDL cholesterol (helps lower the risk of cardiovascular disease). Improves blood flow to the brain and cognitive function.

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