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April 24, 2012 by Leanne Vogel October 5, 2017My little sister, Christina, and I couldn’t be more different. When she went outside to rough house with the boys, I stayed home and played barbies. Her room was green, mine was hot pink. I wore dresses, she despised them. When my Mom would bring home treats from the grocery store; like a carrot cake, pie, or cookies, Christina would hold on to her portion for weeks. I’d polish mine off in a day then beg her to share, but she’d always refuse. She held on to those darn cookies for weeks until they’d get stale, moldy, or the dog stole them. Hoarding precious things didn’t end there. She did the same to a family of fresh clams that she found on the beach when we were vacationing on Vancouver Island. The smell in the cabin got so bad that we had to switch places. My poor parents. I can only imagine what they had to pay to fix that mess. I can proudly say that I never got into the habit of hiding fresh seafood in my dresser drawers. Out of all of our differences, we did have one thing in common, snacks. Crackers with butter, cheez whiz and pickles, and; our favorite, homemade trail mix. Nothing got us more excited than a good trail mix. During the summer months when Mom would stock the house with an unlimited supply of sugary garbage, we’d make our classic summer time mix. It consisted of craisins, candied pineapple, sugar cereal like cinnamon toast crunch, M&Ms, and roasted nuts. We rocked that sugary mix at the beach, our epic bike rides, summer camp, and everything in between. I was reminded of our trail mix adventures the other day and decided to take a healthy crack at our old favorite. This new mix is the grown up version of our summer original, beach bum style. Lentils add a healthy dose of protein and fiber, and I opted for seeds instead of nuts to be softer on my digestion. All in all, this is a trail mix anyone can feel good about eating!
Inspired by: Three Many Cooks
HI! I’M LEANNE
Nutrition educator + keto enthusiast. I want to live in a world where every woman loves her body, nourishing fats are enjoyed at every meal, and the word “restriction” isn’t in the dictionary.