If you have been following our adventures on Instagram (@happilythehicks), you’ve seen that Isaac and I are currently on vacation in San Antonio before running our half marathon here on Sunday. While down here, we decided to do some driving to visit a lot of the places we’ve been wanting to see for years, and it’s been a blast so far!
We both love history, and since I never learned Texas history in elementary school, Isaac has enjoyed teaching and showing me everything he knows. Today we visited Gonzales, TX, where the Battle of Gonzales happened, and where the very popular phrase “Come and Take It” originated. We learned a lot and saw some gorgeous houses… I’m going to do a whole post over our adventures when we get home! Tomorrow we’re visiting Greune (where you’ll find the oldest dance hall in Texas) and driving around in the hill country. It’s absolutely gorgeous in this area of Texas right now, with the new leaves on the trees and wildflowers everywhere you look.
Before we left, Isaac counted up an estimate of how long we’ll be driving this weekend and it came out to a whopping 20 hours! That’s a lot of time spent in a car, and if you know me, you know I can’t last more than a few hours without having something to eat. So I decided to pack our cooler with a lot of snacks and food to eat while on the road. Not only does this stop us from grabbing overpriced gas station food, but it also helps us keep some semblance of “healthy” while on vacation. Don’t get me wrong, I love splurging while on vacation, but it’s all about balance and moderation!
One of our favorite snacks we packed was some trail mix I made earlier this week. Isaac and I LOVE trail mix. It’s so addictive and really helps keep me satisfied between meals or even before a workout first thing in the morning. I know trail mix isn’t the healthiest choice, but it’s so much better than a bag of greasy chips or whatever else I would normally go for while on a road trip. And like I said, I like to splurge on vacation!
I put the whole batch into a large mason jar, but this would also be a great snack to put into small baggies or containers to grab and go during the work week. It satisfies my sweet tooth and helps curve late afternoon hunger attacks. I know this recipe will be one we use a lot in the future! And bonus, it was so much cheaper to make my own trail mix than buy a pre-made one at the store. That’s a win in my book!
What do you like to put in your trail mix? Let me know in the comments below!
1/2 cup cashews
1 cup almonds
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup vanilla chips
In a skillet on medium heat, toast the nuts and almonds until they smell fragrant and begin turning a golden brown color. Make sure to stir them periodically to avoid burning. Cool the nuts completely, then mix together with the other ingredients.
Store in an airtight container in a cool place. Enjoy!