I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big gym person. I love to get out and would gladly spend hours hiking but ask me to spend 30 minutes on a treadmill and I’d most likely come up with an excuse about something more pressing than going to the gym. Moving to California opened up many new places to explore and with all the sunshine, it’s hard to ignore the call to be outside.
As mentioned last week, Blue Diamond Almonds asked me to showcase some of my favorite spots around my new (and their) hometown, Sacramento. One of my best discoveries has been Lake Natoma and the Aquatic Center run by Sac State. While I’m still specking out and saving up to buy my own kayak, I can rent a kayak for a few hours and set off on a lake adventure. I was never really into water sports (I do a mean doggie paddle swimming!) but have become smitten with kayaking over the years. I’m also thinking about signing up to take a class on paddleboarding.
As part of my days spent hiking and kayaking, I always pack snacks. One of my favorites things to do is come up with simple trail-mix combinations with inspiration from the bulk-bins. I always include nuts, dried fruit, and occasionally chocolate. For the dried fruit, I try to look for no-sugar or sweetened with fruit juice dried fruit.
At any given time I have this assortment in my house:
Which can lead to a lot of fun combinations:
(Roasted Almonds + Chocolate Chips (or Carob Chips) + Dried Bananas= Chocolate Banana Mix)
(Roasted Almonds + Dried Cranberries + Dried Apples= Cran-Apple Mix)
(Roasted Almonds + Chocolate Chips (or Carob Chips) + Candied Ginger=Chocolate Ginger Mix)
(Roasted Almonds + Dried Mango + Dried Bananas=Tropical Mix)
(Roasted Almonds + Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds + Dried Apricots=Slightly Savory Mix)
(Roasted Almonds + Dried Mango + Dried Bananas=Mango-Ginger Mix)