6 Unique, Healthy Snack Mix Recipes for Energy and Wellness

Check out these 6 healthy snack mix recipes geared toward an active lifestyle

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Snack mixes and trail mixes come in many varieties and can be indulgent party and holiday treats or an energy boost for outdoor activities. Snack mix ingredients often include combinations of Chex cereal, pretzels, nuts and chocolate. On the other end of the mix spectrum, trail mixes are often composed of various nuts, fruits and other sources of protein and sugar for a quick pick-me-up and long-lasting energy. 

One convenient aspect of trail mix is that it’s easy to carry and far less prone to spoilage than other kinds of food, making it a great option for campers and hikers. The high protein and fiber content can also make trail mix a great healthy snack throughout your workday. It’s easy to miss lunch when every day seems like a marathon of back-to-back Zoom calls. Keeping some fun and healthy mixes around can help sustain your energy throughout the day and help decrease fatigue or the mental fog that some less healthy snack options have been shown to increase.

It’s no secret, though, that some mixes are healthier than others. The good news about healthy snack mix recipes is that they tend to be quick and easy to make. When it comes to the healthy deliciousness compared to the time and money required to make these recipes, your return on investment is absurdly high.

According to Consumer Reports, the key to finding a healthy trail mix is looking for those with mostly fruit and nuts and the right balance of smart seasonings (low or no added sugars). Some snack mix recipes are also compatible with various diets such as keto, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and low-fat, and make great additions to an active and healthy lifestyle.

Let’s take a look at 6 healthy snack mix recipes. Of course, please be aware of and careful with any of these ingredients if you have food allergies to things like peanuts or gluten.

1. Homemade Italian Herb Snack Mix

Time: 5-minute prep; 45-minute bake

 Italian herb snack mix with pretzels and nuts
Source: The Chunky Chef

If you’re after a party mix or everyday around-the-house snack that people can’t resist, your search is over.

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2. Paleo, Keto, Whole30, Gluten-Free Snack Mix

Time: 5-minute prep; 20-minute cook time

Snack mix with cashew nuts, almonds and pecans in a bowl
Source: Cook Eat Well

It’s got crunchy, savory, sweet and smoky. This snack mix also checks so many dietary boxes—keto, paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, low-carb, no added sugar—that it’s practically a unicorn among snack foods.

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  • Sliced almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Garlic-infused olive oil
  • Smoked sea salt
  • Smoked sweet paprika
  • Smoked hot paprika

3. High-Protein Trail Mix

Time: 10 minutes

Mixed nuts in a glass mason jar
Source: Plant-Based Cooking

The high protein content in this recipe makes it a go-to for staving off those diet-devastating cravings.

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  • Pistachios
  • Almonds
  • Dry roasted soybeans
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Freeze-dried berries
  • Whole oats
  • Vegan chocolate chips or cacao nibs

4. Gluten-Free Omega-3 Trail Mix

Time: 10 minutes

Snack mix with cranberries, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts in a white ceramic dish
Source: Marine Corps Nomads

You mean you can make your own version of the famous Omega-3-packed trail mix? Why, yes. Yes, you can. And then you get to eat it, too.

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5. Vegan & Gluten-Free Healthy Cranberry Orange Trail Mix

Time: 5 minutes

A close-up of a snack mix with dried fruit and nuts
Source: Whisk and Shout

This quick and easy blend may be holiday-inspired, but it can make any season a festive one.

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  • Chocolate chips
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried mandarin oranges
  • Toasted pecans
  • Shredded coconut

6. Healthy Party Snack Mix

Time: 15-minute prep; 1-hour bake

Party mix in a green bowl
Source: Taste of Home

This recipe brings all the Chex Mix glory while swapping in some healthier substitute ingredients.

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Check out the trail mix and snack mix offerings from Gopuff as well. Try adding a snack mix to your stash of treats and check out a drive-in movie!

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