When : Always August 31st

This holiday is for enjoying the fun, delicious snack that has been popular with hikers for years.
If you've never had this healthy snack, let today be the day you learn how to make at least
one of the many flavour varieties that's popular. It's perfect for hikes and it's perfect placed
in your lunch. Let todays be the day you celebrate National Trail Mix Day and share it with
everyone.

National Trail Mix Day features a high energy, tasty treat for the trail or snacks. You can buy
packages of trail mix at a store. Or, you can make up your own, using the ingredients you like
best.  See recipes below.

When you head out to a camp-out, a hike or to go biking, take the Trail Mix along with you. It
provides the extra energy boost to keep you from tiring along the way, and allows you to
reach your destination full of pep. Don't limit trail mix to the trail. It is also good at camp-outs.

Here is a fun way that the Boy Scouts make Trail Mix:

Ask each hiker or camper to bring a box or bag of their favourite cereal, nuts, pretzels,
raisins, dried fruit, M&Ms, etc. For younger hikers or new members of the group, it's best to
provide them with a list of the types of food that can go into trail mix. That way, the
inexperienced hiker won't bring something that can not be easily carried.

At the camp-out or before the hike, bring the group together and mix all the food in a big,
big bowl. Put the mix into sealable baggies and pass them out to each hiker.

Tips: When making your own trail mix, avoid messy items that leave your hands sticky.  Also
avoid too many salty items. For example, unsalted nuts is better than salted ones.

Info adapted from
Holiday Insights

What is Trail Mix?

Wikipedia says this:
Trail mix or gorp is a snack food commonly used in outdoor recreational activities such as
hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and camping. This food mixture is termed scroggin in
New Zealand and Australia, and Studentenfutter in German-speaking countries. A mix of only
nuts, especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and raisins is also known as student food.

Trail mix usually consists of a mixture of nuts and dried fruits such as raisins or cranberries.
Other ingredients such as chocolate chips may also be included.

There are other options that outdoor activities work well with. Premium nut mixes combined
with dried fruit can replenish energy and are a bit healthier than all the chocolates that can
be substituted by quality dried fruits.

Common ingredients include:
Nuts, such as peanuts or cashews
Dried fruits such as cranberries or raisins
Dried Bananas (see
Banana Trail Mix Recipe)
Seeds, such as sunflower seeds
Chocolate chips or M&M's
Breakfast cereals
Shredded coconut
Carob chips
Pretzels
Granola

Trail mix is an ideal snack food on the trail. It is lightweight and easy to store, because all of
its ingredients are desiccated. It is also very energy rich, providing quick energy from the
carbohydrates in the dried fruit and/or granola, as well as sustained energy from the mostly
mono- and polyunsaturated fats in nuts.

Two backronyms for the word gorp, an alternate name for trail mix, are Good Old Raisins and
Peanuts and Granola Oats Raisins and Peanuts. Some assume that gorp is an actual acronym
for one of those phrases (or alternatively for "Gobs Of Raw Protein"), but it is probably a folk
etymology. The Oxford English Dictionary cites a 1913 reference to the verb gorp, meaning
"to eat greedily".

While prepackaged commercial variants of trail mix are readily available, mixing up a
homemade batch is also an option.  Trail Mix makes the perfect gift-in-a-jar for gift giving as
a
Christmas gift, Thanksgiving gift, Halloween gift or just as a thinking of you gift. Trail mix is
very colourful and looks impressive in a decorated jar.

Trail Mix Recipe
3 cups of rolled oats
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of apricots
1 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup of vegetable oil
1 cup powered milk
1 cup of honey
1 cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
1/2 cup of silver almonds
1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened flaked coconut

Preheat your oven to 300 F
Get your large mixing bowl and mix together almonds, oats, coconut, wheat bran, sesame
seeds, pecans or walnuts and powdered milk.
Grab another little bowl and stir the honey and oil together until well blended, then pour into
your large mixing bowl.
Using two spoons toss till ingredients are well combined.
Take ingredients and pour onto a lightly greased baking sheet, spreading out evenly.
Bake until golden brown, stirring every 10 minutes.
Immediately, put into your large mixing bowl and stir in the raisins and apricots.
Let it completely cool.
Place it in a airtight container.
Also can be used for topping your cereal.
Also can be given as a gift-in-a-jar.
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