Why Do They Call it Trail Mix Anyway?

Trail Mix

Why do they call it Trail Mix anyway? Why not, Couch Mix, or Desk Mix, or Ziploc® Bag mix? Can’t think of the last time I ate some on a trail or even in a canoe. I did, however, eat some last night – on the couch, of course.

I know, I know, it’s called Trail Mix because it’s easy to carry, easy to store, and has a mix of protein, carbs, and healthy fat that can provide an energy boost when you’re hiking…on a trail. Seems like I remember whole books written about this back in the post-hippie era.

My point is that Trail Mix is so much more versatile than that. We could also call it Desk Mix, Car Mix, Airplane Mix, Yogurt Topping Mix, Quick Breakfast or Quick Dessert Mix. And no matter what we decide to call it, the nutritional content is your choice.

I usually have raw almonds, cashews, or pistachios in the house. I also keep golden raisins handy. Sometimes I throw in raw sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, salted almonds, popcorn, or shredded Parmesan cheese. My favorite combinations have salty, sweet and crunchy.

As a gluten-free person who has to eat at regular intervals, ????? Mix can be a life saver when I travel. Or, like last night, it can be a treat when I feel hungry after dinner. Or, like this morning, it can be a yummy breakfast while I look out the window at this:


Unless I’m going for a quick dessert, I usually leave out the candy. Of course, last night I threw in a few Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Chips I bought for holiday cookies. Don’t judge, it’s the holidays! Just call it Holiday Mix!

I’m thinking of premixing some ???? Mix as gifts. Maybe you can help me. What’s your favorite combination…AND what do you call it?

















Author: Cheri Thriver

Hello, Cheri Thriver here blogging about cooking, thriving, and the intersection of the two. I’ve been living a gluten-free lifestyle for over 15 years. I understand that it’s rarely a lack of knowledge or the availability of appropriate food that keeps us from making healthy choices. More often than not, it’s an emotional connection, previous trauma, or fear of social reprisal that keeps us stuck. My wish is that you’ll find something here that informs, entertains, or inspires you to change anything that needs to be changed for you to live fully and thrive.

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