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Try These Trail Mix Add-Ins For Your Next Hike

Try These Trail Mix Add-Ins For Your Next Hike 

Every hiker is familiar with GORP - good old raisins and peanuts - and perhaps they have found their own personal twist on the original trail mix recipe. But trail mix fatigue can set in and leave your hikes feeling lackluster. If you’re bored with your handfuls of trail mix and want to spice it up, try mixing in one (or many) of these ingredients to make your trail snack a little more enticing. 

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Trail mix is a hiking staple because it’s easily eaten on the go, provides a quick source of energy, and is travel-ready. For the best energy boosting trail mix, try a combination of proteins, fats, sugars, and salt to replenish your body’s stores and get you to the summit. While raisins, peanuts, and M&M’s can do the trick, fueling up on the trail is a lot easier when you’re excited about the flavors you’ve packed. Grab a reusable baggie, start with your favorite basics, and then try adding some of these ingredients on your next trip: 

  • Cacao nibs
  • Dried cranberries 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • White chocolate chips 
  • Goldfish 
  • Dried coconut 
  • Banana chips 
  • Wasabi peas 
  • Goji berries 
  • Candied pineapple 
  • Popcorn 
  • Chocolate covered pretzels 
  • Pumpkin seeds 
  • Pistachios 
  • Dried apples 
  • Animal crackers 
  • Dried mango 
  • Pecans 
  • Granola 
  • Cashews 
  • Roasted almonds 
  • Candied sunflower seeds 
  • Cereal 
  • Golden raisins 

Once you find an ingredient combination that gives you the energy boost you need, mix up a big batch of trail mix, keep it in your pantry, and refill your backpack stash. With new flavors to be excited about, you might just find yourself heading out for more trail adventures. 

Woman sitting on a rock looking out into the distance.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to making your own trail mix. With each handful of sweet-and-salty goodness, you’ll be fueled for miles and never bored of these flavors.