A Recipe for Shake-It-Up Tropical Trail Mix: A Healthy Road Trip Snack {Recipe Redux, July Challenge}

Just in time for summer road trips and weekend getaways, dashboard dining is getting a healthy makeover. For this month’s Recipe Redux cooking challenge,┬ánutrition bloggers from across the web were given the following assignment: Have Snacks, Will Travel. Sometimes, the food is the best part of the journey. Do you pack a special treat for the road to eat in the car or at rest stops? Or do you have a tried-and-true snack that makes it safely through airport security? Share your healthy recipes for road-trip nourishment. Here at Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen, instead of cooking up something new (we’re into our third heat wave in Boston, so firing up the oven was not an option), we shook things up.

Trail Mix with popcorn, dried fruit, pecans, chocolate chips

One of our latest kitchen obsessions are Ball Jars. They’re not just for canning. For this grab-as-you-go recipe, we used them as a vehicle for packing and transporting our Tropical Trail Mix.

Trail mix made with popcorn, dried fruit, pecans, and chocolate chips

Trail mix recipes are flexible when it comes to ingredients. We decided to make this particular mixture gluten free by using popcorn, nuts, dried fruit, and semi-sweet chocolate chips (read the label first to make sure your chips are GF).

Trail mix ingredients

Between Janice’s trips to New Hampshire and Liz’s trips to Nantucket this summer, this recipe has been well tested … and well traveled.

Shake-It-Up Trail Mix

Makes 4 Servings

Packing up the family for a road trip can be stressful at best, which is why we created this easy-to-make snack … brimming with lots of great nutrition. The popcorn provides whole grain goodness and fiber and the dried fruit and nuts add even more goodness. Each jar-full has 400 high-quality calories and good-for-you polyunsaturated fat from the pecans. We can’t imagine anyone turning their nose up to this fun-to-shake, super flavorful snack.

  • 4 cups popcorn
  • 1 cup lightly toasted pecan pieces
  • 1 cup tropical dried fruit mix (mango, blueberries, cranberries)
  • 4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Working with four pint-size glass Ball Jars, place 1 cup popcorn, 1/4 cup nuts, 1/4 cup dried fruit, and 1 tablespoon chocolate chips into each jar in any order you prefer. Seal the jar and head for the road. Before devouring, shake the jar and mix up the ingredients.

* If the trail mix snacks will not be consumed the day you pack ‘em, we recommend keeping the popcorn separate in a ziptop bag and adding as needed. This helps keep the popcorn fresh.

Nutrition Information per Serving (1 jar of trail mix): 400 calories, 26g fat (4g saturated), 130mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate, 5g fiber, 4g protein

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trail mix in a Ball jar

Read on for links to other on-the-go eats from our fellow Recipe Reduxers!

15 Responses to “A Recipe for Shake-It-Up Tropical Trail Mix: A Healthy Road Trip Snack {Recipe Redux, July Challenge}”

  1. Deanna Segrave-Daly on July 21st, 2013

    You took all my favorite munchies (I’d do dried cherries with this) and mixed them up! Clever to use those Ball jars too :)

  2. sarah on July 21st, 2013

    Wow so simple yet delicious. Great thinking for a travel snack!

  3. Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective on July 21st, 2013

    Our Recipe Redux recipes are so similar this month! Great minds must think alike.

  4. DrBarb, Nutrition Budgeteer on July 21st, 2013

    So easy, yet so good. A easy recipe to modify to use one’s favorite nuts or dried fruit. Like your use of ball jars. They are so versatile.

  5. Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes on July 21st, 2013

    I love everything about this mix! I just might have to pick up the ingredients on my trip to the store today… :-)

  6. dixya@food, pleasure, and health on July 21st, 2013

    I always carry trail mix with me but never thought of adding popcorn -thanks for the tip :)

  7. Karman on July 21st, 2013

    Love adding popcorn to trail mix! And great idea to use mason jars for travel snacks instead of plastic baggies!

  8. Min on July 21st, 2013

    Trail mix is such a satisfying and fun snack. Next time, I will store in these adorable ball jars rather than the boring ziplock bags ;).

  9. Diane Boyd on July 21st, 2013

    Another great kid friendly recipe! Thank you, I am going to have my youth ‘hands on’ nutrition class make this!

  10. Ashley Galloway on July 21st, 2013

    I love the use of popcorn in this trail mix! Great idea!

  11. Mary @ BrightonYourHealth on July 21st, 2013

    Love this and my kids will too. Yes, I also agree that the mason jars are a great way to hold the snacks. Keeps the snacks dry and it is more ecological. Thanks ! Mary

  12. EA-The Spicy RD on July 22nd, 2013

    Love that you have a tropical theme going on too! I’ve thought about making trail mix with popcorn before, but have never tried it -this looks so yummy, I am officially convinced!

  13. Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian on July 22nd, 2013

    This looks great!
    I love the addition of popcorn! YUM!

  14. bella on July 23rd, 2013

    I started adding tart cherries to my Trade Joe’s trail mix which already have dark chocolate, almonds, and cashews. Delicious and good foe my body!

  15. Jessie on July 24th, 2013

    Trail-mix in a jar – what a great idea! And very kid-friendly, too! (And husband-friendly, lol ;) ) Definitely bookmarking this for a road trip!

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