5 minutes and 5 ingredients are all you need to make this Festive Trail Mix!
There’s no part of the year passes so quickly as the time between Thanksgiving and New Year. One moment we’re having a slice of pumpkin pie and the next somebody is shoving a champagne glass into our hands and telling us the ball is about to drop. Between gift buying, holiday parties, and a litany of family gatherings, the entire month of December is usually gone before we even know it arrived. This year has been no different.
After spending the last five months out on the road, we’ve decided to temporarily rejoin the civilized world for the holiday season. We wanted to visit with family and friends and make a few adjustments to the car before setting off again in 2016. Reintegrating into society was always going to be a challenge, but it has been especially difficult during this time of year. It’s amazing how fast meetings, appointments, and obligations start to pile up the moment you stop moving. We quickly found ourselves pulled in every direction and stretched incredibly thin.
We were starting to feel overwhelmed and part of the reason was we had become disconnected from what we love doing: being outdoors. When we were traveling, we were outside every single day. But after returning back to the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, we were shocked by just how much time we were spending indoors. Nature has a very calming effect on our personalities and it wasn’t long before we realized it was missing from our lives. So we decided to step away from the pre-holiday pull and get back outside for awhile.
Something that has been on our Must-Do list for years is to visit Yosemite during the winter. We’ve always wanted to see the valley covered in a layer of snow, but never found the time to make the trip. So we packed the car and headed up north for a few days. Yosemite holds a special place in our hearts and visiting it always been a very therapeutic experience for both of us. In such a dramatic landscape, it’s not hard to put things in perspective. Seeing the park decked out in its full winter whites was just what we need to slow our December down.
To keep us fueled during our trip, we prepared a batch of this Festive Trail Mix. Combing seasonal colors with energy-packed ingredients, this mix helped us power through some bone-chilling days. Perfect for a winter weekend escape or perhaps a more manageable day hike, this festive trail mix the perfect way to bring your holiday spirit outside.
Festive Trail Mix
- ¾ cup yogurt covered raisins
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup dark chocolate chips
- ¼ cup pepitas
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or directly in a ziplock bag. Portion out the trail mix into 4 small bags if desired, or keep the trail mix in one big bag for sharing!