Jul 22, 2014 11:45 PM

Author: Office of Public Affairs


Headed to the Wasatch or Uinta mountains this summer in search of cool weather and shady trails? Don’t forget to pack some energy with you. Store-bought granola bars and trail mix might seem like the perfect option, but they often contain additives, which can send a healthy snack south. Instead, try one of these smart options.    

Granola Bars

These all-natural granola bars are low in calories and fat and loaded with flavor. 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup oats
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ¼ cup wheat germ
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ⅓ cup raisins

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 300.
  2. Coat an 8-inch square pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix oats, flour, wheat germ and cinnamon in bowl.
  4. Add honey, stirring until mixture is moist and crumbly.
  5. Fold in raisins.
  6. Press mixture into pan and bake until lightly browned, about 18–20 minutes.
  7. Cool to room temperature.
  8. Cut into 12 bars and serve.

Nutrition

Per serving (1 bar): 74 calories; 17.1 g carbohydrate; 1.6 g protein; 0.5 g fat; 11 g sugar; 1.1 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol.

Source: food.com 

Trail Mix

This trail mix, which has zero sodium and no added sugar, will keep you energized throughout your trek.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup unsalted almonds
  • ¼ cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup chopped pitted dates
  • 2 ounces dried apricots

Preparation

  1. Mix ingredients in a medium bowl.
  2. Divide into five ¼-cup servings.
  3. Store in baggies.

Nutrition

Per serving (¼ cup): 156 calories; 21 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 7 g fat; 0 g added sugar; 3 g dietary fiber; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium; 247 mg potassium. 

Source: eatingwell.com

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