Pistachio-Cranberry Trail Mix
|No of Servings ||: ||4 |
|Preparation Time ||: ||5 Mintues |
|Total Time ||: ||5 Mintues |
- 1/4 cup pistachios
- 1/4 cup cranberries
- 1/2 cup dried apples
- 1/4 cup pecans
- 1/4 cup pepitas or roasted pumpkin seeds
- 1 cup Oatmeal Squares cinnamon-flavored cereal or other variety
- Take a large bowl, and combine the pistachios, cranberries, dried apples, pecans, pumpkin seeds and the cereal.
- This recipe makes one bowlful of the trail mix. One serving amounts to one- fourth of the yield.
- Serve immediately. If you need to store it, keep it in an airtight container and consume within 1-2 days, else the mixture will lose its crispness.
(Amounts Per Serving)
|ENERGY ||PROTEIN ||CARBOHYDRATES ||FAT(total) ||SODIUM ||FIBER |
|180kcal ||6g ||15g ||12g ||52mg ||3g |
- Pistachios can significantly lower cholesterol and prevent narrowing of the arteries. They have been shown to alter the lipid levels in blood and are very beneficial to people with heart or heart related ailments. Pistachios contain high amounts of the antioxidant lutein which is normally found in plant sterols.
- Cranberries are being researched for many possible health benefits including anti-cancer properties, reducing risk of cardiovascular diseases and strengthening the immune system.
- Pecans are a very good source of protein and unsaturated fat. Antioxidants and plant sterols found in pecans have been shown to reduce elevated cholesterol levels by reducing LDL cholesterol in the blood.
- Daily consumption of oatmeal can lower blood cholesterol levels attributed to its high soluble fiber content. Beta-glucans in oats also help lower the risk of heart disease when combined with a low fat diet.
- Pumpkin seeds or pepitas are an excellent source of iron. They are also good sources of protein and L-tryptophan - which can be helpful for treating anxiety disorders.
- Lightly roasting seeds can provide better nutrition than dark roasted ones, as excessive heat may destroy some of their nutrients.