Singing the Praises of Trail Mix – Especially For New Moms

Written by: Merav Benson

Having a baby can be extremely overwhelming. And it’s natural for us to think of the baby first and ourselves last. The irony is that we need to take care of ourselves so that we can be the best moms and dads!

When my daughter was first born, I can’t even tell you how many times I found myself starving at random hours in the day and staring at an empty refrigerator (when was the last time I was able to go grocery shopping or actually cook a meal??). What I’d end up doing is heading to the pantry and finding chips or anything (mostly unhealthy) I could actually eat without putting the baby down (we all know what that can bring…).

Though this strategy works in the short-term, it’s not an ideal long-term solution. So, if you do get a minute – whether it’s before your baby comes or once the baby is here, think about making or stocking up on some trail mix. It really is a god-send – let me tell you why:

  • It’s really easy to make (even if you don’t cook anything else)
  • You can make a lot of it at once for the same effort – and it stays fresh for weeks!
  • All the ingredients can be stored in your pantry
  • It’s filling, gives you energy and is good for you!

I particularly like this recipe because the trail mix clusters a bit so it’s easy to eat with one hand. Somehow hardly any of Paula Deen’s recipes make it to my repertoire, but this one is definitely an exception. I adapted her trail mix to my liking – feel free to do the same.

Here’s my version (adapted from Paula Deen’s Lip Smackin’ Trail Mix recipe):

Ingredients

    2 cups granola

    3/4 cups coarsely chopped pecans

    3/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts

    1 ½ cups sweetened flaked coconut

    1/2 cup sunflower seeds (meat only)

    1/2 cup wheat germ

    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

    1 teaspoon salt

    1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

    1/4 cup vegetable oil

    1 cup banana chips

    1 cup dried craisins

Directions

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except banana chips and craisins. Mix well. Spread evenly in an aluminum foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 55 to 60 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from oven; stir in banana chips, craisins (and any other dried fruit you decide to add). Cool thoroughly. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

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Posted on August 23, 2012 at 11:11 AM