Mix For the Trail

 

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department has a new trail guide with maps available for those that enjoy a bike ride or a stroll. Another option to help guide you to unknown places is the Go COMO Trails application that is for available android and iPhone users. Quick and delicious snacks are difficult to find but Sonya Looney, a professional mountain biker, has created an easy recipe for cyclists. Who says eating healthy has to be boring or bland? Check this out:

Cynthia’s Paleo Trail Mix

INGREDIENTS
2 cups pumpkin seeds
1 cup whole dry-roasted almonds
1 cup pistachios, unshelled
3/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
4 T pure Grade B maple syrup
Coarse salt
1 cup dried cherries

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.

In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, sunflower seeds and cover in the syrup until evenly coated. Spread the nuts and seeds out in a single layer on the lined baking sheets and season with salt to taste. Bake the nuts, stirring several times with spatula or wooden spoon, until just golden, about 20 minutes.

Cool the nuts completely on the pan, then add the cherries and toss to combine. Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.

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