Trail mix — Fit Food

Trail mix is a pop­u­lar snack, espe­cial­ly among stu­dents, because it pro­motes con­cen­tra­tion and pro­vides ener­gy. It is also a good alter­na­tive to choco­late and chips, because the fruit and nut mix­ture con­tains many healthy nutri­ents. The pop­u­lar snack has been around since the 17th cen­tu­ry and con­sist­ed only of almonds and raisins. Today, there is a wide vari­ety of mix­tures of nuts and dried fruit.

Why is it called trail mix?

The name “trail mix” has exist­ed since the 17th cen­tu­ry and describes a nut-fruit mix­ture, which is also known as nerve food and is very com­mon among students.

Orig­i­nal­ly, the mix­ture con­sist­ed only of raisins and almonds. These two foods are ulti­mate­ly also the rea­son why it is called trail mix, because almonds and raisins could only afford in the past groups of peo­ple of the upper class, because this good was very expen­sive. Aca­d­e­mics belonged at that time to the upper class, since only chil­dren from rich par­ents could afford the uni­ver­si­ty. There raisins and almonds were nib­bled with plea­sure as snack besides while studying.

More­over, there was a mis­con­cep­tion among stu­dents that almonds and raisins would alle­vi­ate a hang­over. Today, trail mix­es no longer con­sist only of raisins and almonds. There are now var­i­ous mix­tures of dif­fer­ent types of nuts and dried fruit. And trail mix­es, although still high­ly priced, are now afford­able for ordi­nary people.

What’s in trail mix?

Mean­while, there are the wildest mix­tures of trail mix­es, which are not lim­it­ed to nuts and fruits. There are also mix­tures that con­tain choco­late or coconut flakes. The clas­sic trail mix con­sists of raisins, hazel­nuts, almonds, wal­nuts and cashews. Mix­tures con­tain­ing cran­ber­ries, peanuts and Brazil nuts are also popular.

Untreat­ed nuts in par­tic­u­lar are extreme­ly healthy because they con­tain impor­tant min­er­als and fiber. The unsat­u­rat­ed wal­nut ker­nels, for exam­ple, are said to reduce the risk of car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases and can­cer. Hazel­nuts pro­tect our cells due to the vit­a­min E they con­tain. Par­tic­u­lar­ly good for our immune sys­tem is sele­ni­um, which is con­tained in Brazil nuts. But dried fruit also has pos­i­tive prop­er­ties. Because raisins calm our nerves. This is due to the high con­tent of cal­ci­um and B vit­a­mins con­tained in the dried grapes. In addi­tion, raisins also stop cravings.

Why is trail mix con­sid­ered a nerve food?

The nuts in trail mix increase con­cen­tra­tion. This is due to the omega‑3 fat­ty acids, vit­a­min B and mag­ne­sium con­tained in the nuts. The fruc­tose in the dried fruits pro­vides our body with ener­gy and thus increas­es per­for­mance. So it is proven that this healthy snack increas­es think­ing per­for­mance and pro­vides ener­gy to the body.

Is trail mix real­ly healthy?

Trail mix is def­i­nite­ly a good alter­na­tive to chips and choco­late. This is ensured by the healthy nutri­ents, min­er­als, fiber and fat­ty acids. How­ev­er, you should also remem­ber that nuts con­tain a lot of calo­ries. So you can nib­ble trail mix as a healthy snack with­out a guilty con­science, but only in mod­er­a­tion and not in masses.

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