Super Antioxidant Trail Mix
The antioxidants in this trail mix are indeed super. Antioxidants are chemicals that have been shown to fight cancer, heart disease, and aging. The almonds provide the antioxidant vitamin E. In fact, ¼ cup of almonds provides nearly half of your daily need for this vitamin. Scientific research has demonstrated that eating almonds daily can significantly lower your risk of heart disease. Dried apricots contain significant amounts of the powerful antioxidant vitamin A. This vitamin quenches free radical damage to cells and tissue. Dark chocolate is high in plant phenols, specifically called cacao phenols. These antioxidants work to reduce free radical damage in the body. In fact, dark chocolate has the highest ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value per 100 grams compared to other foods such as raisins, kale, spinach, and broccoli. Blueberries famed antioxidant power comes from phytochemicals called anthocyanidins, which also gives them their dark bluish-purple color These antioxidants neutralize free radical damage to the collagen matrix of cells and tissues. Remember to always purchase organic, unsulphured, dried fruit and organic dark chocolate. Our favorite brand of chocolate is Dagoba.
Makes about 3 cups
1 cup raw almonds
1 cup dried apricots
One 2-ounce organic dark chocolate bar, cut into chunks
½ cup dried blueberries
- Place all ingredients into a large glass jar and gently shake to combine ingredients.
- Store in a cool dry place.
From The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook