August 5, 2021

Sunshine Trail Mix

People ALWAYS ask me, "What do you snack on?", "What's a good healthy snack to have as a veggie that's not just fruit?" or "What's a quick snack that I can have as a veggie?", and I always shoot them back with this recipe. Not only is it so super easy to make (You literally just mix it all in a bowl and you're good to go) but it's unusual, it's fun and it's just perfect for hitting that sweet craving that comes around every 4pm. Because I'm so easily pleased, just looking at it also makes me super happy, as it's such a beautiful mix of colours.

Nut trail mix coming out of glass jar on wooden board with grey tea towel

Nuts about Nuts

There are quite a few different types of nuts, and it can be hard to know exactly which ones to have. The three featured in this recipe are a mix that I think blend perfectly together, and they are also three of the easiest to find, so they are a great starting point for people who may be new to trail mixes or nut mixes (as well as being less expensive than other nuts). The most important thing is that they are also super-charged with different nutrients, of which just a few are listed below:

Nut mix falling into oval white bowl with glass laying down in background

Copper - found abundantly in Cashews, copper helps to encourage the creation of red blood cells and connective tissues in your body, and is also essential for energy production and healthy brain development.

Vitamin E - known for helping to protect your bodily cells from oxidative damage, Vitamin E is found in plenty of different nuts, particularly in Almonds. It has been shown in several studies that a higher vitamin E intake could lower rates of heart diseases and Alzheimer's disease.

Magnesium - a powerful and necessary mineral, Magnesium is involved in more than 300 bodily processes, including blood sugar control. Found in all three nuts included in this recipe, it has been suggested that a higher intake of this mineral could be beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes who are naturally deficient, and correcting this deficiency could lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin function. Magnesium also helps to lower blood pressure levels, a leading driver of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Selenium - this is an essential mineral that helps to protect your body from infection and support healthy thyroids, for which we need for a healthy metabolism and strong body temperature regulation. Brazil nuts are incredibly rich in Selenium, and high levels of Selenium have been proven to have better outcomes for some cancers, infertility, heart diseases and pregnancy.

Close up of trail mix with nuts, dried fruits, seeds and chocolate pieces

What's not to love, right? I need to stress that you shouldn't overload on the mix, as nuts are still filled with fats and as tempting as it is, it isn't good to eat too many (approximately two tablespoons worth is a portion), but in the right quantities, it's the perfect snack! It's colourful, crunchy, sweet and, well, nutty. It's amazing.

Sunshine Trail Mix

A gloriously colourful mix of crunchy nuts, tender dried fruits and chunks of dark chocolate that will brighten your day, and be ready in less than 20 minutes. Perfect for healthy snacking!











  • 90g almonds
  • 60g cashews
  • 60g Brazil nuts
  • 50g raisins
  • 40g dried mango
  • 40g dried apricots
  • 20g goji berries
  • 50g mixed seeds (I use sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds)
  • 30g dark chocolate


  1. On a chopping board, cut the dried mango, apricots, Brazil nuts and dark chocolate in smaller pieces - ideally they would be roughly cubed size, but as long as they of similar size to the almonds and cashews then that's just as good.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together all the ingredients until everything is combined and pour into a large glass or container.
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Monday, August 9, 2021
Vivien Christie
this version of veggie nachos is so tasty, we have it every time we entertain family and friends. It's a staple recipe, and so easy to make, you must try it!