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Recipe of the Week: Spiced Trail Mix with Mixed Nuts, Cherries and Dark Chocolate

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Everyone loves a good trail mix, especially when chocolate is in the mix. It is considered an ideal snack food for hikers because it is easy to store, doesn’t require cooking prior to consumption and is nutritious. Way before it was called trail mix, ancient nomadic tribes used to mix dried fruits, nuts and meats together for a high-energy snack during their breaks. Today, we aren’t much different from the ancient tribes. Many of us experience low-energy levels during the mid-afternoon slump and are searching for a way to stay alert throughout the day. This scrumptious trail mix is the pick-me-up you’ve been looking for. Our spokesperson, Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites has created this delicious recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups raw cashews

½ cup raw pistachios

¾ cup raw almonds

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil

1 cup dried sour cherries

½ cup dark chocolate chips

 

To make the trail mix:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, ginger, cardamom and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil until heated through. Mix the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients until thoroughly dispersed, then spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring several times, until just golden and it feels dry to the touch, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan, then add the cherries and chocolate chips and toss to combine. Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Makes 3 cups

 

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Monounsaturated Fat & Polyunsaturated Fat

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AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil is not only an ideal cooking oil because of its delicious flavor, but also because of the nutrition it provides for your body. Avocado oil contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids that are actually good fats for our diet. But don’t let the word “fat” scare you off from enjoying this oil. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are found in plants, unlike trans fats, saturated fats and cholesterol – making it a healthy addition to any meal. Today, we are going to explain how these fats can be beneficial to your health when eaten in moderation.

 

Monounsaturated Fat

According to the American Heart Association, monounsaturated fats can help lower bad cholesterol levels in our blood, which in turn can lower risk of heart disease and stroke. This beneficial fat provides nutrients to your body to help keep your cells doing their intended job. Avocado oil also contributes vitamin E to your diet, which is an antioxidant vitamin many of us need more of.

 

Polyunsaturated Fat

Polyunsaturated fats provide your body with two fatty acids, omega-6 and omega-3, which are essential nutrients for your body to function properly. According to the American Heart Association, our bodies aren’t capable of producing these fatty acids itself, which is why it’s important that we get essential fats through the foods we eat.

 

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