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The winter drones on at a slower pace than my family eating a surprise serving of Brussels sprouts, doesn’t it? I am already looking forward to warm weather, lacing up my hiking boots and exploring some of Wisconsin’s great state parks with my dog, Hydra. Plus, it is a great excuse to whip up another batch of my Blueberry Vanilla Trail Mix with Walnuts and Cashews! It’s an ideal snack to pair with an active lifestyle!
Last June, for my summer adventure, I hiked a thirty mile trail in one day! I was like Lewis & Clark, except no one died of dysentery, and I was home by dinner. Pretty much the same thing though, I think. Regardless, I thoroughly enjoyed every step, even though my body was too sore to move for the next three days! If nothing else, it was a great excuse to load up on snacks I don’t get to eat very often, like trail mix! And who doesn’t love trail mix?
During the winter months, trail mix still has its uses. It is an equally good snack for cross-country skiing as it is for hiking; however there is another application you may not have thought of: feeding the hungry.
Every Thursday afternoon my church opens its doors to the hungry and feeds 100-200 people. It is a sizable feast that is put on every week completely by volunteers. Though time constraints from maintaining this website and a full-time job prevent me from being as involved as I used to be, I still try to donate food and snacks when I can. This week I am preparing a batch of this Blueberry Vanilla Trail Mix with Walnuts and Cashews to donate!
Donating trail mix is ideal because it can easily be made in advance and kept fresh in storage until it is needed. Plus, whatever isn’t eaten on Thursday can safely be stored to be enjoyed the following week as well.
One of my favorite things about trail mix is how versatile it is. It is so easy to add your own creative twists to make your mix unique. I like adding DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew to my mix for a sweet treat packed with dark chocolate covered dried fruit and cashews. However, if your taste buds desire something different, feel free to swap out DOVE® Dark Chocolate Raspberry & Honey Roasted Almond, or DOVE® Dark Chocolate Strawberry & Cocoa Almond! The best thing about trail mix is making it your own!
You will find these DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut mix-ins available at Walmart this month in a special store display. Plus, while you are there check out DOVE® Dark Chocolate Cherries for yet additional endless mix-in possibilities!
It is just as easy to make a small batch of this Blueberry Vanilla Trail Mix with Walnuts and Cashews as it is to make a large batch, so why not make some extra to donate to those in need? Homeless shelters and food pantries get a surplus of donations around the Christmas season, but not nearly as much other times during the year. Below you will find an easy printable you can add to your shopping list if you are looking for additional ways to help your local shelters and pantries.
This Blueberry Vanilla Trail Mix with Walnuts and Cashews is deliciously crunchy with plenty of dried cranberries, walnuts, and of course DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut mixed in! How will you enjoy yours?
Blueberry Vanilla Trail Mix with Walnuts and Cashews
- 5.5 oz bag DOVE® Dark Chocolate Blueberry & Vanilla Cashew
- 1 cup Salted Sunflower Seeds
- 1 cup Chopped Walnuts
- 1 cup Dried Cranberries
- Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
There are plenty of ways to incorporate DOVE® Chocolate Fruit & Nut into your life. Check out these great recipes for more ideas!
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