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Monday, March 21, 2011

GORP Trail Mix…

37 degrees outside - 10:38 am - cold, foggy and overcast...

Have you ever heard of GORP?  It is an acronym for “Good Old Raisins and Peanuts” or “Granola, Oats, Raisins and Peanuts”.  Either way, it’s a delicious, healthy trail mix snack that my two picky little eaters love! 

GORP is most commonly a mix of peanuts, raisins and chocolate candies (but you can really make it out of anything).  These three flavors are mixed in a bag or bowl to create an ideal salty/sweet flavor that is popular with adults and kids!  In addition to the great taste, it also packs a nutritional punch.  The dried fruit and granola provide a quick carbohydrate boost while the unsaturated fats in the nuts provide protein to sustain energy.  The chocolate provides a nice flavor and just a touch of sugar.

Having two picky little eaters, I am always on the lookout for healthy, nutritious and delicious snacks that they will actually eat.  When I came across this snack, that was a huge hit with our kids, I wanted to share it…

GORP (Granola, Oats, Raisins & Peanuts Trail Mix) -

There is no real formula for GORP, the idea being that trail mix can be a mix of almost any dried fruit, grain and nut.  Select one or two of your favorite ingredients in each category (or add a favorite of your own that is not on the list):
    -  Dried Fruit:  Raisins, Craisins, Dried Cherries, Dried Apricots, Dried Pineapple (cut into small squares)  
    -  Nuts:  Almonds, Pecan Pieces, Walnuts, Shelled Pistachios, Peanuts, Cashews
    -  Chocolate:  M&M’s, Chocolate Chips
    -  Grains:  Granola, Oat Cereal
    -  Other:  Shredded Coconut

Banana Chips, Cherrios, Craisins, Dried Blueberries, M&M's,
 Peanuts, Raisins and Teddy Grahams. 
Hope you like GORP as much as we do! --- Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Here are a couple additional ingredients we've used (seems like it is different everytime). So many options...

    Banana chips (my favorite)
    Mini pretzels
    Dried Mango
    Sunflower seeds
    butterscotch chips
    Favorite Cereal (captain crunch, cheerios, etc.)



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