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Review: Trail mix

wjr-trail-mix-reviewsI’m a bonafide trail mix junkie. After a workout, on an airplane, sitting in front of my computer, I love everything about trail mix.

Scratch that, everything except the almonds.

So lucky me when I was offered the chance to eat myself silly with trail mix in order to bring you a few reviews. Not a bad assignment to take on. Below are three of the mixes I indulged in and my thoughts.

  1. Trader Joe’s Cashew Macadamia Delight Trek Mix: I have to admit, this is my go to trail mix or it was until we moved to Denver where there are no Trader Joe’s for 300 miles. But, whenever I go home to see my mom in California I always pick up a bag for the trip home.  I love the simplicity of this mix, I really hate trail mix fillers. The ratio of good stuff, like the ever delicious macadamia nut to the not so delicious almond is spot on. What I love most about this trail mix is the salty and sweet combination. This mix is definitely salty but the pineapple balances it out well. A 14 ounce bag of Trek Mix is less than $5, great for mix lovers like myself.
  2. Nuts.com Organic Trail Mix*: I’d never had any nuts.com products before and to start they made a great impression. They are a family owned company and their packaging is super cute and playful. I loved the orange bag my Organic Trail Mix came in and the story about the family on the back. This mix is chock full of delicious treats like: sunflower seeds, pepitas, raisins, almonds (but not too many), walnuts, cranberries, banana chips, brazil nuts (which are hardly ever found in mixes, score!) and cashews. This mix is certified organic and kosher as well. One thing to note, there is no salt in this at all, perfect for those watching their sodium but if you were expecting a salty treat this is not the mix for you. They have tons of other trail mixes to try on their website nuts.com as well. A 1lb bag of Organic Trail Mix is $5.99.
  3. Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix: This is the quintessential trail mix I remember from my grammar school days. Simple, salty, and not as healthy as the other two above considering it has chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, and m&ms in it. Beyond the sweets the only other mix-ins are peanuts and raisins. At the end of the day, it you’re looking for a sweet and salty treat, a little handful of this trail mix is completely satisfying. I do recommend practicing some self-control though or you’ll end up eating way more sugar than you anticipated. I found a 26oz container of Archer Farms Monster Trail Mix at Target for $6.99.

In the end, I think trail mix is largely a product of personal preference. What nuts do you prefer? Which do you like to stay away from? Do you like the mix of a little sweet with your salty? How much salt are you willing to consume? These three mixes are a great start but we’d love to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite trail mixes. I’ll also be back with a homemade trail mix recipe soon.

Written by Lisa Horvath.

*In the interest of full disclosure the nuts.com organic trail mix was provided for free by the company. Opinions are those of WalkJogRun.