National Trail Mix Day 2023: Salty and sweet. Chewy and crunchy. Trail mix adds a multitude of complex experiences to an otherwise straightforward refreshment.
Trail mix is a high-energy snack typically comprised of dried fruits, nuts, and energy bars, designed to keep individuals alert and energised during walking, trekking, and other endurance and intense activities. National Trail Mix Day is all about making and evaluating a tasty trail mix.
National Trail Mix Day’s Past
Some claim that trail mix was invented in the late 1960s by two California surfers who required a protein- and energy-rich snack on the go. They began by combining peanuts and raisins, which some refer to as “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts” or “G.O.R.P.” Since then, and with only these two components, trail mix has come a long way!
National Trail Mix Day is observed annually on this date, demonstrating appreciation for the simplicity of this helpful and tasty snack that keeps many hikers and ordinary people going while they appreciate the great outdoors.
How to Observe Trail Mix Day
On National Trail Mix Day, hit the trails, but don’t leave home without food! Try some of these ideas and activities to celebrate and appreciate this daylight:
Create (and Consume) Some Trail Mix
Trail mix is such a delectable snack to prepare because it requires no recipe whatsoever. Celebrate National Trail Mix Day by preparing a container of trail mix! It can be hand-crafted and customised according to the creator’s desired flavour. Many people simply use whatever ingredients they have on hand, but those who have never made it before may benefit from the following suggestions.
Here are a few of the most fundamental components of trail mix:
Nuts. Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans are all delectable, but because peanuts are typically the cheapest of the nuts, they are frequently used in trail mixes. Typically, almonds used in trail mix are salted and roasted.
Dehydrated Fruit. Traditional trail mix ingredients include raisins, but dried cranberries, goji fruit, cherries, mangoes, papaya, pineapple, and apricots can also be included.
Plant propagules. Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds, among others, can be used to enhance the nutritional value and flavour of trail mix.
Sweet treats. Some individuals like to add a touch of sweetness to their trail mix by incorporating chocolate chips, M&Ms, or other bite-sized confectionery. Obviously, this adds a few empty calories to the blend, so the more nutritious recipes will omit it.
Take a Trail Hike (with Trail Mix!)
One of the best features of trail mix is its portability and the fact that it contains a balanced quantity of both immediate and sustained energy. So gather a container of your favourite trail mix blend and hit the trails. After all, this is where the name originated, so commemorate National Trail Mix Day by going for a walk in the great outdoors!