I made a super-delicious trail mix the other day, with seasoned pecans, walnuts and cashews, raisins, dried cranberries and chocolate chips. It's really good! But it's also 187 cals for 1/4 cup. So I'm thinking I need a low-cal filler. Any ideas? Would popcorn work or would it get stale?
hungrygirl.com has a bunch of trail mix recipes that are lower in calories (around 100-120 calories per cup)--search the website for trail mix. They use popcorn, cereal, and those fruit puffs that are sold as baby food for fillers. Freeze dried fruit might also work as filler, it tends to be lower in calories than regular dried fruit, I don't know why.
I don't like popcorn as a filler. It does tend to get a bit stale, and it doesn't hold its shape well if you you are back-packing it. I like cereal for fillers (usually adds some vitamins and minerals too) oh, and I love making home-made granola and using that.
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