Trail-mix is my fuel. It’s what gets me started in the morning, refuels me at lunch, and keeps me going at 4 o’clock when I need a pick-me-up. According to Dr. Fuhrman in Eat to Live “seeds offer disease protection against heart attack, stroke, and cancer and also help lower your cholesterol.” While fruits, veggies, and legumes should be the bulk of a healthy diet, nuts and seeds are an excellent source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, and Omega-3 essential fatty acids that lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and, when consumed in moderation, are an excellent part of a healthy diet. So, grab a handful, sprinkle some on your cereal, salad, or add some to some fresh fruit for dessert.  Either way, your body will thank you! Add equal parts:

  • Pumpkin seeds- iron
  • Sesame seeds- calcium
  • Sunflower seeds- vitamin E and antioxidant rich
  • Hemp seeds- omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, protein contains 10 essential amino acids which boost immunity.
  • Walnuts- B vitamins, potassium, magnesium
  • Almonds- high in b12, fiber, antioxidants
  • Coconut- fiber, iron, potassium, manganese and selenium
  • Raisins- fiber, iron
  • Cacao nibs- magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, and potassium

Read more from my favorite sources of information and inspiration: Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Thrive Foods by Brendan Brazier, and Vegan for Life by Jack Norris and Virginia Messina.