Every week when we’re at Aldi grocery shopping, I come across this delectable looking trail mix full of dried cranberries, cashews, dark chocolate chunks…everything that makes my mouth water. I’ve been wanting to try it for years now, but it’s always been a bit out of our price range. We upped our grocery budget several months ago, and yet I still can’t bring myself to pay $5.99 for the trail mix that looks so darn good sitting there on the shelf. I swear it’s yelling “buy me, buy me!”.
Luckily though, we’ve been buying lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits ever since we increased our budget. So, recently I thought to myself, why not make your own trail mix? Duh. I did just that and it’s exactly what I’ve been craving! Trail mix is certainly calorie dense though, so I definitely recommend snacking on it in moderation. I took about a 1/3 cup of this glorious trail mix with me this morning to snack on during a work conference, and it hit the spot, for sure.
Okay, so now that I just mentioned work, I’m going to switch gears entirely for a few minutes.
As you know, I don’t often mention my day job here in this space, besides to tell you how exhausted I am sometimes. You may know from my “about” page that I work in homeless services and have for nearly 6 years now. Every day, I work face-to-face with individuals experiencing homelessness, and so the conference I attended this morning was geared toward how to be a better homeless services provider.
At the conference, I was lucky enough to hear Mark Horvath speak in-person about the incredible work he does. He’s the founder of Invisible People, a non-profit organization that aims to get the word out about homelessness through the use of social media. He shares real-life stories of individuals experiencing homelessness, and let me tell you; his work is not only powerful, but inspiring. He couldn’t have chosen a more perfect name for his organization—sad and unfortunate, but true. How many times have you walked by a homeless person and pretended not to see them? Quite unfortunately, we’ve all done it. Guilty as charged…until I entered the world of homeless services. I urge you to check out his site and to find him on social media—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram…you name it. After you do all that…come back and share your thoughts?
Are you still reading? I hope so. Too heavy? I hope not…because this is real life for so many people just like you and me. Yes, I said it. There is no “them” and “us”…just us!
And now back to this Sweet & Nutty Trail Mix. Feel free to customize it to your liking. Maybe you want to use only almonds…go on! Perhaps you really love dried blueberries? Toss ‘em in. That’s the beauty of trail mix—anything goes. Make it your own! Then grab some to snack on and go check out Invisible People. It just might change your life…or someone else’s.
Side note: If you’d like to know more about my day job or homelessness, feel free to comment or e-mail me.
Sweet & Nutty Trail Mix
Yields about 2½ cups
A heaping ¼ cup of each of the following:
- Honey roasted peanuts
- Dried cranberries
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sweetened shredded coconut
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
Add everything to a bowl and toss to mix.