National Eat Outside Day falls on the last day of August. And speaking of fall, autumn is rapidly approaching. If you want to get specific, the fall equinox this year lands on September 23rd at precisely 4:21 a.m.
For many, the end of summer means the beginning of a new school year, and for others (namely mothers) this also means resuming the daily challenge of packing nutritious and satisfying lunches that the kids will actually enjoy eating. August 31st also happens to be National Trail Mix Day, and what better snack is there to pack than trail mix? Trail mix can be made in large and small batches in a short amount of time, with very little prep work and clean up involved.
Trail mix is the perfect food because:
- it can be eaten as a pre/post-workout snack
- it is highly portable and thus perfect for lovely hikes amongst the fall foliage
- it can make breakfast much more exciting (try sprinkling it into cereal or oatmeal)
- it is completely customizable
Though nobody is able to pinpoint the official creator of National Trail Mix Day, trail mix itself has a long history. Ancient nomadic tribes would mix various foods (berries, dried meat, nuts, and seeds) to create high energy snacks that could last for months without spoiling. Other names for trail mix include scroggin, GORP (“Good Old Raisins and Peanuts” or “Granola Oats, Raisins, and Peanuts”), and studentenfutter (“student feed”). The exact creation of National Eat Outside Day is just as nebulous as that of National Trail Mix Day, however I think we can all agree that the two holidays are a match made in heaven.
Here is one my favorite granola trail mix recipes. Feel free to add and omit ingredients depending on what you have on hand.
Granola Trail Mix Recipe:
- 2 cups oats (rolled or steel cut)
- Diced dried mango
- Almond slivers
- Chia seeds
- Pumpkin seeds
- Chocolate chunks/chips
- Maple syrup or honey
Stuff You’ll Need:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a mixing bowl combine oats, chia seeds, cinnamon, and honey. Stir thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
- Spread the mixture on the baking sheet in an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes, carefully stir and break up the layer into clumps with a wood spoon. Add nuts and seeds. Return to the oven for 5-7 minutes.
- After 5-7 minutes take out the mixture and let it cool completely before adding raisins, dried fruit, and chocolate chunks.
So what are you waiting for? Grab some trail mix, a loved one, and enjoy the great outdoors! Or create your own outdoors indoors with our gorgeous Into the Woods Cheese Leaves.