National Trail Mix Day

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Observed annually on August 31, National Trail Mix Day honors the mix that was developed as a healthy snack to be taken along on hikes.

Trail mix is an ideal hike snack food because it is very lightweight, easy to store, nutritious and provides a quick energy boost from the carbohydrates in the dried fruits or granola as well as sustained energy from the fats in the nuts.

It is claimed by some that trail mix was invented in 1968 by two California surfers who blended peanuts and raisins together for an energy snack.  However, in the 1958 novel The Dharma Bums, written by Jack Kerouac’s, trail mix is mentioned when the two main characters describe the planned meals in preparation for their hiking trip.

Some great ways to enjoy trail mix are:

  • As a snack on long car trips, to keep you from buying candy or chips
  • While backpacking, as it is lightweight and easily transportable
  • On hikes, or when “you’re on the trail”
  • Or as a snack for your kids while they are at school

The weather is supposed to be pretty nice today around the UP, take advantage of the day and make sure to bring some trail mix out on your hike!

Information taken from National Day Calendar!

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