How to Make Healthy Trail Mix

Many people grab a bag of trail mix before going hiking. People also choose this as a healthy snack for work and on the road. But, is trail mix always a healthy choice? Many store-bought trail mixes can be filled with fat and calories. Not to mention nuts that have been fried and pieces of dried fruit that isn’t even recognizable. Is this really what you want to be eating? Still, you shouldn’t give up on this snack. Trail mix can be healthy, especially if you make your own.

The first step to make healthy trail mix is to start with a base of granola. But, you have to remember that not all granola is healthy. Many granolas are filled with sugar, fat, and calories. The key is to choose granola that is low in sugar and calories, but high in good fats. You can also make your own granola, which allows you control the ingredients that go into your healthy trail mix even more.

The second step to make healthy trail mix is to choose raw nuts. Do not use canned mixed nuts to make your trail mix. Canned nuts have been fried and salted. Instead, look for raw almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc. Not only will these be a healthier choice, but they really do taste better when contrasted with the other flavors in trail mix.

The third step is to make healthy trail mix is to choose healthy dried fruits. Not all dried fruits are healthy though. Some are coated with sugar, while others are just loaded with calories. Fruits like dried cranberries, cherries, blueberries, and apricots make healthy trail mix. Fruits like banana chips and dried pineapple should be avoided. Bananas chips are high in calories and dried pineapple is often coated in sugar.

The last step is to make healthy trail mix is to add dark chocolate chips. Now, I know what you’re thinking. “I thought this was going to be healthy trail mix? Chocolate isn’t healthy.” I don’t mean to be rude, but you’re wrong. Dark chocolate is actually really good for you, when enjoyed in small amounts. Not only is it good for you, but dark chocolate tastes wonderful when combined with nuts and dried fruit. That makes it perfect for healthy trail mix.

Once you’ve picked out all your ingredients, pour them into a large container and mix thoroughly. Then just package the trail mix in smaller containers, or zip top bags, so that you can easily transport the snack wherever you want to enjoy it.

How to Use Vintage Fabrics to Decorate Your Home

Vintage fabrics are a great way to add some elegance into decorating your home. They can be used for a variety of different items in all different rooms of the house. If you like the look of vintage fabrics, then here is how you can use them to decorate your home.

Transform vintage fabrics like cotton and linen hankies into accent pillows. Accent pillows are not hard to make if you have a sewing machine. Or you can have someone you know make the pillows for you. Add some crocheted trim or embroidery to the accent pillow to add some more charm to them. The pillows can be used for a couch, chair, bed or even displayed on a shelf.

Use ruffles and eyelet trimming to soften the look of form-fitting slipcovers on chairs or couches. The trim on the slipcovers will add some elegance or a little bit of a country feel to the room.

Use vintage fabrics to make the dust ruffle for your bedroom. You don’t even have to know how to sew to make a bed skirt. You can simply drape the fabric over the edge of the bed making a dust ruffle on both sides. If you have a pretty embroidered flower pattern this will look charming with a white blanket or quilt on the bed.

Another way that you can make a dust ruffle is to take embroidered handkerchiefs and sew them onto a cotton panel that is attached to a bed sheet. This way you can see the beautiful hankies decorating the bottom of the bed.

Pin up a piece of vintage fabric with thumbtacks to make a stylish pantry covering or a cafe curtain in your kitchen. You can also use this to hide a closet in a bedroom instead of doors.

Take squares of patterned or floral vintage fabrics and frame them in distressed-looking wooden frames. Make a collage of the framed fabrics to go in the bedroom or living room.

If you know how to sew well or you know someone that is a god sewer, you can always take your vintage fabrics and turn them into a patchwork throw. This is an inexpensive way to decorate a room and the best part is that you can make a patchwork throw that will fit your needs and style of your home. Lay the throw over a couch or purchase a quilt rack to hang the throw on.

If you have scraps of your fabric you can always turn them into little accessories such as purses or potpourri bags.