Eat Well LiveWell: Game-Day Snack Mix
The time for game-day eats is upon us! Add this snack mix to your usual menu for a crunchy, salt and sweet treat. Using whole grain cereal and popcorn means this snack mix is also loaded with whole grains and fiber. Whole grains also provide B vitamins and minerals like iron, which are all important for general health and healing. Adding dark chocolate chips and raisins helps to increase the vitamin, mineral and antioxidant content of this tasty snack and gives it a touch of sweetness! Finally, mixed nuts and seeds provide fiber, protein and healthy fats to this party mix.
Why is it important to include healthy fats in your diet? Healthy fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, play a major role in the health of your hair, skin, joints and heart. Have you heard of omega-3s? The human body cannot produce omega-3s, thus they are considered an essential fatty acid – as in essential to get from your diet. Omega-3s are very important for heart and brain health, playing a major role in your artery-health, blood clotting and helping to reduce inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of polyunsaturated fat found in fish and some nuts and seeds, including walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds.
Game-Day Snack Mix
Serving Size: ½ cup
13 servings per recipe
Preparation time: 5 minute
- 2 cups whole grain cereal (Wheat Chex, plain Cheerios, etc.)
- 2 cups sweet-and-salty popcorn
- 1 cup pretzel sticks
- ½ cup mixed nuts/seeds, lightly salted
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
In a bowl, mix together the ingredients and divide into ½ cup servings.
149 Calories, 3g Protein, 6g Fat, 24g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 109mg Sodium