DIEt foods

February 1st 2010

fitness magazine came out with a great article on the top ten DIET foods that make you fat. i agree with all of these, but #3, “trail mix,” makes my blood boil. mainly because i have repeatedly fallen for a pretty label suggesting more energy, less fatigue, satiety, cuter clothes….well, you get the idea. only to be completely duped, and realize i’ve consumed a ton of calories and fat, and even more chemicals than a bottle of nail polish.

the fact that trail mix is still touted/sold as a health food is blasphemous. the crap in most pre-made trail mix is incredibly bad for you. most sugar-coat the dried fruit, add pretzels AND crackers!? which, twenty minutes post consumption, would render me on a park bench waiting for the wake-up fairy.

the nuts (often roasted in hydrogenated oils) are typically saltier than a margarita rim. even-more, flour and more sugar are often added as well. they may also contain other unhealthy additives, coloring, artificial flavorings, or preservatives.

BUT when packaged so pretty and innocent looking, one i can easily be beguiled into buying these compact, high-caloric bundles of malice.

these bags even have fitness endeavors right there on the damn label; leering consumers myself into a purchase. because i’m a sucker for all things purple, green and shiny, purchase i did (completely eschewing my instinct to first look at the label); then eating my “mix” along my  “trail” of bamboo floors, traversing yoga mats and spin bikes throughout the rest of my day.

i couldn’t even finish the package. the saltiness was beyond anything i could handle.  i might as well have I.V.’d a bag of soy sauce into my arm for the amount of salt in one tiny package. the berries (?) resembled former 90210 actresses:  dried up, has-been fruit, shriveled and sparse. powdered sugar their concealer, an effort to bring back days of juiciness and squirt.

since i wasn’t going to finish the bag, i decided to finally look at the label; to really feel like a doofus.

UGH!!!! sick! sick! sick! high sodium, high sugar, hydrogenated oils, and this bitty sack had over 500 calories. the taste??!??! bleh. if i’m going to use 500 calories i’m sure not wasting it on something that makes my mouth taste like the bottom of a salty, sandy foot.

so maddening, this trash they sell as “healthy”!??!?!

i’d almost feel better telling you to actually go out on a real trail, and pick edible items from your path rather than eat some of this pre-packaged junk.

{ COMMON SENSE DISCLAIMER:  i am in no way shape or form endorsing anyone to really eat rocks, branches and dirt…..if this isn’t obvious to you, here’s a better website}

from now on i make my own trail mix. it’s delicious, cheaper, and so much healthier.

here’s what i do so i’m not tempted to waste my money and health on those “convenience” mixes offered everywhere (hint: starbucks, peets, etc.)

i make my own homemade trail mix from the bulk bins at mother’s market. it’s cheaper, healthier, tastier, and so much more convenient.

here’s this week’s mix: my current favorite.

i buy raw organic walnuts in mass quantities.

i buy dried organic gogi berries.

i dole them out into very tiny cups.

i mix them together in a portable 1/2 cup tupperware i carry in my bag.

notice my handful. that is 1 serving. i have one handful every 1 -2 hours only. that’s it!!

these Glad tupperwares are great because they last for years, and carry about 4-5 servings of a homemade trail mix.

yes, i know it’s not rocket science, but sometimes i forget simple is the best way to go. in this case too: less is more=tastes better.

don’t get me wrong, i change up my combos all the time. i LOVE LOVE LOVE raw almonds, but i know i need more omega-3’s and walnuts are low in the glycemic index ( i CANNOT eat anything that will get me crashing).

dried pineapple rings get me doing back-flips they’re so delicious. as are macadamia nuts (but those suckers take up a lot of space in my damn little glad tupperware, so i’m usually limited to 5).

can you suggest any good combos for me?

last but not least readers!! the winner of the box of ‘chews better’ candy is……………

mrs diana musial!!! congratulations diana!!! you won!! you won!! email me your address so i can get these right out to you asap!

thanks for all the other readers. please stay tuned. we have a VERY glamourous giveaway coming up this week.

lots of love,



  • Dawny

    This reminded me of a certain pal of HH who tried to tell me that his Costco trail mix was health food- Thanks for the giggle; totally agree. xx

  • JG

    You are so fab! I do the same thing, except for in little condiment cups (like the ones at the salsa bar…yes we bought a box of 4,000 at Costco)… I am a sucker for Almonds, love the slivered from TJ but my nutrionist begs me to eat the whole, raw ones…. I love them with dried cherries. For a ‘wine trail mix’ I love to do almonds, dark chocolate chips (the darkest I can find) and dried raspberries- That with some wine. OMFG

    Keep up this fabulousness!!! xoxo

  • Tamara

    heehee – love you katie! can’t tell you how many times i’ve been made fun of over the years for carrying my “nuts and berries” in little tupperwares. thanks for making it hip! on a side note, tj’s has a ton of good options for pre-mixed trail mix without any crappy stuff added. some are even packaged in individual serving sizes!



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