Gorp (aka Trail Mix)

Skip the packaged trail mix where there are often a laundry list of ingredients and just make it yourself! Try this simple DIY trail mix which is perfect to bring on your next hike or as a grab and go snack!

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This month has been quite hectic. Work has been busier than ever, Adrain (the bf) is moving, and now I am a day late for the Recipe ReDux monthly recipe. Ahh.. life!
Adrain is moving to south jersey to start Physical Therapy school, so this week has been packing and moving. I am currently sitting on the new couch (that I assembled), sipping on coffee, and writing this post in his new apartment.
Unfortunately, I am not moving here right now. I’m not going to lie, it sucks. From going to seeing each other every day, to only once a week, is going to be a big adjustment. Fortunately, I’m only in north jersey so it’s only about 2+ hours of a trip, which I will finagle getting here as much as I can.
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A few weeks ago, we went hiking at the Delaware Water Gap on the Mount Tammany, Dunnfield Creek trail. Adrain is a hiking guru and did a bunch of big hiking trips in college. Also, the website linked is awesome. It has a detailed description and pictures of exactly what your hike will be like and where to go. The guy who writes this blog and his hiking pal (his pup!) have gone on hiking trails nationwide, so definitely check it out for your next hiking trip.
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Trail mix is one of the most common hiking snacks to bring because it is calorically dense and nourishing for a hike without taking up much space in your pack. I learned some hiking terminology from Adrain. Apparently true hikers call trail mix, “gorp”. Fun fact! 

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I never buy trail mix from the store. 1) because I enjoy making my own flavor combinations. 2) because in a pre-packaged trail mix there are typically overly salted nuts, sweetened fruit, and other weird ingredients.
Let’s compare my trail mix with a store bought trail mix:

My DIY trail mix:
4 ingredients
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Pre-packaged trail mix:
laundry list of (and artificial) ingredients, more sugar, less protein

Ingredients: PEANUTS, CHOCOLATE CANDY PIECES [MILK CHOCOLATE (SUGAR, COCOA BUTTER, MILK, CHOCOLATE, LACTOSE, SOY LECITHIN–EMULSIFIER, VANILLIN–ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR), SUGAR, ARTIFICIAL COLOR (INCLUDES YELLOW 5 LAKE, YELLOW 6, BLUE 1 LAKE, RED 40 LAKE), GUM ARABIC, CORN SYRUP, CARNAUBA WAX, BEESWAX, CONFECTIONER’S GLAZE], RAISINS, ALMONDS, COTTONSEED OIL.
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Gorp (aka Trail Mix)

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Yield: 6-8 1x

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted peanuts
  • 1 cup unsalted cashews
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Simply mix everything in a bowl and pre-portion about 1/4-1/2 cup into individual bags.

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Supermarket RD’s Pick: KIND Bars

Walking down the granola bar aisle in the grocery store can be a little intimidating. Don’t fear anymore, KIND bars are a KIND-a awesome snack you can feel good about grabbing at your next trip to the store. See why they are #RDapproved and this week’s Supermarket RD’s Pick

Supermarket RD's Pick - Dietitian approved items that you can find in the grocery store! #rdchat

First off, I just like their packaging. It gives you a sneak peak of what you’re about to bite into. And what you can see is REAL ingredients.

Supermarket RD's Pick: KIND bars - real food, no refined sugar #rdapproved

KIND bars are nutrient dense, using nuts as the base, fruits and whole grains. They have a shorter ingredient list with words you can actually pronounce.

Supermarket RD's Pick: KIND bars - real food, no refined sugar #rdapproved

Since KIND bars use whole food ingredients, they have a great combination of healthy fats, carbohydrates, and protein, and is a snack that will keep you fueled when you need that perfect pick me up in the afternoon, mid morning, or even part of a meal.

You’re not you when you are hungry .. Go grab yourself a snickers KIND bar.

A few may shy away from the higher caloric count with about 180-210 calories per bar. Let’s just think about where those calories are really coming from, real food! I’d rather have a high caloric bar coming from real food, than a 90 calorie granola bar with a laundry list of weird ingredients that won’t even satisfy my hunger for more than 30 minutes.

I often look for a sweet snack, but they did recently come out with a savory line that I just cannot resist! With a little extra boost of protein from nuts and seeds these flavors will hit the spot. My personal favorite KIND Strong flavor is the honey mustard. It reminds me of these honey mustard pretzels I used to eat when I was in elementary school.

Supermarket RD's Pick: KIND bars - real food, no refined sugar #rdapproved

I learned from their website that when they first launched in 2004 they only had 8 bar varieties and have now expanded to over 22. Plus, their other product lines of healthy grain bars and healthy grain clusters.

It’s kind-a awesome they have grain bars and grain clusters too. We will get to those another time 😉 Have you tried them yet?

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Disclosure: KIND snacks did not sponsor this post. As a Supermarket RD, I like to share my favorite picks from the aisles. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Supermarket RD’s Pick: Boom Chicka Pop

Boom Chicka Pop – Popcorn is a whole grain and is perfect for snacking. See how this brand gives their popcorn a pop of flavor and why it makes the list of a  Supermarket RD Pick.
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Boom Chicka Pop Popcorn flavors
First off, let’s just talk about the name. When I first saw this on the shelves, it immediately caught my eye.

Boom Chicka Pop  is a great snack for munching that you can feel good about eating.

Not only is Boom Chicka Pop made with all natural ingredients, but there are less calories, sodium, carbs, and fat in one 3 cup serving of Boom Chicka Pop (sea salt flavor) than in one 1 cup serving of some other packaged popcorn brands.

Each bag has symbols that indicate each products characteristics.

Boom Chicka Pop symbols

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As the Boom Chicka Pop line has expanded, they now have many new flavors! Their website gives this great chart of how the products stack up to each other nutritionally. I had a little trouble putting the white cheddar flavor down. It’s so delicious.

Boom Chicka Pop calorie comparison chart

They also have seasonal flavors, like there iced gingerbread kettle corn, that you can check out here.

What I also really like about it, is that is already popped. I really like to pack popcorn as a snack, but it’s not very feasible to pop up some popcorn when you are on the go. I’ve noticed in other (already popped) popcorn that it has this weird almost stale taste, and Boom Chicka Pop does not!

Snack Happy with Boom Chicka Pop!

Disclosure: Boom Chicka Pop did not sponsor this post. Images are from the Boom Chicka Pop website. All opinions are my own.

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Easiest Deviled Eggs

This is by far the easiest deviled eggs recipe. It only has two ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make.
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I came up with this recipe when I just staring in my fridge looking for a snack to eat. I always make a batch of hard boiled eggs for the week, to add in salads, have as a snack, or in the morning for breakfast.
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That day I was staring in the fridge, I didn’t want just a plain hard boiled egg, so I got a little creative. I just added one ingredient, and then it became the easiest hard boiled egg recipe.
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I used this as a snack, but it can easily be multiplied to serve more.
 

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Easiest Deviled Eggs

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 3 mins
  • Total Time: 3 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x

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This is by far the easiest deviled eggs recipe. It only has two ingredients and takes only a few minutes to make.


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Ingredients

  • 1 hard boiled egg
  • 1 light garlic and herb laughing cow cheese wedge

Instructions

  1. Peel hard boiled egg. Cut in half and scoop out the yolk.
  2. In a small bowl, mash together the egg yolk and laughing cow cheese wedge.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the egg white centers.

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In good health,
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PB&J Bites

Looking for a healthy snack to power you through the afternoon? You’ve come to the right place. These full of flavor homemade PB & J Bites are similar to the store bought Larabars. Careful, they are addicting ;)
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When I was younger a peanut butter & jelly sandwich was frequently found in my lunch box for school. Now, I am a working gal in my 20’s and I still pack a peanut butter & jelly sandwich for lunch sometimes. I must say though, I am much more selective of the type of bread, peanut butter, and jelly I use.

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PB & J Bites

  • Author: Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 5 mins
  • Category: snack

Description

Homemade larabars turned into little bites. Perfect for on the go and healthy snacking.


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Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  • 1/3 cup dried cherries (unsweetened)
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Place nuts in food processor and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Add in dates, cherries and cinnamon. Pulse until a clump forms in the processor.
  3. Take out the mixture and either wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 min to harden, or you can start making your bites right out of the food processor.
  4. Form into 30 small balls. Wrap them with plastic wrap and put in fridge for later snacking.

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I determined a theory in college if snacks were good on-the-go kind of snacks. It was called the “backpack test”. If my snack managed to be still okay by the afternoon getting jostled around my backpack all morning and getting smushed between books then it passed. I’ve made these plenty of times in college because these PB&J Bites passed the “backpack test” with flying colors. Now it’s not so much the “backpack test” but more of a “giant professional bag turned into everyday bag turned into everything I ever need” kind of bag! haha 🙂

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Enjoy the rest of the bites and bars recipes other Recipe ReDuxers have made 🙂


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

I know it’s not Fall yet .. but I am anticipating the PUMPKIN extravaganza that’s coming soon! I am obsessed with anything pumpkin. If you are too, definitely try these muffins!!
 

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes 12 muffins

 

Ingredients:
1 cup pumpkin puree*
2 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, plus more for sprinkling on top (optional)

* Make sure to get pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin puree is purely pumpkin, whereas pumpkin puree has lots of sugar added.

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease muffin tins with cooking spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin puree, eggs, and sugar until blended and smooth.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
4. Add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture in batches, until combined. Do not over mix.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Spoon in the batter in the muffin tin, filling about 2/3 full. Sprinkle a few more chocolate chips on top.
7. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tins.


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Enjoy!