Friday is here! I am so ready for grilled pizza night and maybe even a movie? It has been incredible weather this week and I’m hoping to take advantage of it this weekend with some time at the beach and a pool party for a special little mermaid who turns one 🙂
I was thinking of healthy snacks that I could just grab and go since I will be teaching Pilates in the morning and going straight to an event afterwards. It’s hard to think of things that you don’t need to refrigerate or won’t melt to a gooey mess in your beach bag. I came up with a trail mix of sorts filled with healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minimal sugar.
After I mixed everything together I also loved how pretty it looked 😉 You all know why I love pumpkin seeds and coconut but I chose walnuts because they have a pretty impressive profile of nutritional benefits. Walnuts are full of proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals and have been shown to be anti-inflammatory, improve mood and brain function and even help with weight management.
Now that you know a little of the reasoning behind my choice of ingredients, lets get to the super simple recipe so you can be on your way to the beach or pool armed with a fit snack that won’t derail your healthy living.
MSF Summertime Trail Mix
1 c raw walnuts, chopped
1 c raw pepitas or pumpkin seeds
½ c unsweetened coconut, shaved
½ c dried apricots, cut into pieces
Blend all ingredients together in large bowl, store in airtight container and enjoy!
Well this may have been my most simple recipe to date. I had to share because I know we are all leading a busy summer schedule and there is nothing worse than giving in to hunger pains in the wrong places (drive thru anyone?) or a melted protein bar or fruit salad that loses all it’s appeal when it’s reduced to slime or goo.
I hope you are enjoying your week so far and are headed into the weekend with some fun plans! You can find me grill side topping our pizza while Tyler mans the dough and ready to cuddle up with Finely for some R&R after this busy week!