Energy Trail Mix Recipe

There are many energy bars out there today, but a lot of them are high in sugar. Because of this they raise energy levels quickly, but then the dreaded crash sets in. I was planning a vacation with my husband that involved a 14 hour road trip, one way. We were also planning on doing a lot of walking and hiking so I knew we needed a snack that would help provide us with lasting energy without the crash. This trail mix recipe was born out of that need. Unfortunately we had to postpone the trip, but it certainly did the trick while we were raking our yard!

Keep scrolling after the recipe to read some of the health benefits of the individual ingredients. And of course, remember to use all organic ingredients whenever possible. I am sensitive to even natural sugars so this recipe is really low in all forms of sugar. If you are less sensitive than me you could add a small amount of dried fruit such as cranberries or cherries.

 

Energy Trail Mix Recipe:

(Yields 4-5 cups)

1 1/2 cups almonds

1 cup shelled pistachios

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (roasted or raw)

3/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes

(optional 1/2 cup dark chocolate chunks and/or 1/2 cup unsweetened dried fruit)

You can combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix them together, or toss them in a resealable bag and shake them up a bit. Easy, right? Make sure only one of your nuts is salted, the first time I made it I didn’t pay attention to that and boy did it make you thirsty,

 

Health Benefits:

Almonds

  • High levels of copper, riboflavin, and copper aide in energy production
  • Good for your heart, brain, skin, blood pressure and cholesterol balance
  • High in vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron and fiber

 

Pistachios

 

  • High in vitamin B6, which is essential for your nervous system, red blood cell production, energy production and immune system
  • Contains the minerals copper, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium, and zinc
  • Has as much fiber as oatmeal per serving
  • Antioxidant
  • Aides in glucose tolerance
  • Cholesterol balancing

Pumpkin seeds

  • Contains diverse forms of vitamin E
  • High in minerals manganese, tryptophan, phosphorous, copper, iron, zinc and magnesium
  • Antioxidant
  • Lowers bad cholesterol
  • And men, it’s good for prostate health

Coconut

  • High in fiber, B vitamins, potassium
  • Raises good cholesterol

 

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Genetic Roulette Movie Review

You can watch the movie for free at geneticroulettemovie.com until October 31, 2012. (Be sure to take a look at the sponsors and thank them by buying their products.)

UPDATE (Jan 29, 2013)  There is another free screening here until February 3rd.

UPDATE (Nov 2, 2013)  Watch it free this week here!

 

Before I watched this movie, I knew GMOs were bad but I rationalized it. I figured if it was on the shelves it must not be that bad. It was easier not to know.

This video does an amazing job at explaining what a GMO (genetically modified organism) is, and why they are so, so, very dangerous. I don’t get angry or riled up often, but this movie got my blood boiling. For those of you just learning about GMOs, they are any living thing that has had their genes messed with by modern science. 88% of all corn and 94% of all soy products have been genetically modified. One example is Bt corn, corn that has had the genes of a bacterium grafted into it’s own DNA. This gene makes a toxin that splits open the stomachs of insects that eat the corn, killing them. There has only been one study done in humans. It found the pesticide produced by the corn in the blood of women, pregnant women, and their fetuses¹. I cannot express how angry this makes me. While there have been no studies that show the long term affect this has on humans, it is very likely that it leads to food allergies, auto immune diseases, and many other gastrointestinal problems. Since I suffer from these myself, this information struck a chord with me.

The video goes into the many illnesses that have been linked to GMOs, from food allergies to autism to heart disease. They do a much better job with it, so I will let you watch it and see for yourself. I know it is long, and in our busy lives time is a precious commodity. However, I cannot say how helpful this movie has been. It clarified many things, and convinced me to never buy or eat genetically modified foods. I found the first part to be the most eye opening. The second half, well, it was also eye opening. But the first half talks more about what the GMOs are doing to our health. The second half is more about the politics and how the big companies are getting away with pulling the wool over our eyes. If you didn’t manage to get to the end (I didn’t the first time I watched) there are some resources given to help find non-GMO food. I know I will be using them. Nongmoshoppingguide.com has a categorized list of safe foods, and they have an iPhone app so you can take it with you. Nongmoproject.com is a movement to certify and label products of being free from genetically modified ingredients. ThRey currently have 400 brands enrolled, and they are growing. The only way we can convince companies to not use GMOs is to refuse to buy them. If there is no profit in using genetically modified ingredients they will no longer be on our grocery store shelves. Our options as a nation are to spend a little more on groceries and live healthy productive lives, or spend a lot more on medical costs and be weakened by chronic illness and disease.

 

  1. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada” by A. Aris and S. Leblanc [Reprod. Toxicol. 31 (2011) 528-533]. [Reprod Toxicol. 2012]

 

 

 

 

About me

My little nook of the Internet where I write researched articles, recipes, and tips on how to feel the way you always wish you did but never thought possible.

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My name is Chrissy Hawkins. I want to help the people who just feel like they never has as much energy as the people around them, who wonder why they get sick more often than their friends, or who just want to treat themselves and their bodies a little better. For most of my life I fit all of those descriptions. Things came to a head when I became really ill and learned I have thyroid disease and am allergic to gluten and dairy. Since these revelations, with the help of family and friends, I have started to turn my life around. I want to share what I have learned with others who are feeling run down and worn out. My newest passion is to learn as much as I can about ways to live my life more fully. I want to shout this information from the rooftops, but since my voice has never carried well, I’m posting it on here instead. My hope is that you find on here some tidbit that starts you on the journey to feeling happier and healthier than you ever realized was possible.

I am not yet a health coach, but as soon as I can scrape together the money I will be enrolling in a certification program. I did not want to start a blog only to have to change the title once I became certified. I will let you know immediately when I am able to start taking clients.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. So please, please if you think you may have a illness that needs diagnosed find yourself a good (preferably holistic) medical provider to help you.