By Brandon McDearis
When my buddy, photojournalist Neale Bayly, asked me to join him on an adventure motorcycle ride last spring in an attempt to spread awareness about the abandoned children of Peru, I jumped at the chance. However, when he informed me that I would be going along, not only as a committee member of his charity, Wellspring International Outreach (www.Wellspring-Outreach.org), but also as the resident chef and caretaker, then I realized that I was going to have to put some thought into how I was going to keep a group of motorcyclists nourished through there 18 hour days of riding. In addition to the standard issue of water purification and electrolyte replacement tablets, power bars and energy gels, I also put together this concoction of dried fruits and nuts to keep everyone’s appetites occupied during the long days. Surprisingly, both the group and even the locals couldn’t get enough of it! I haven’t been able to find this combination anywhere in stores, but I still mix a batch anytime I’m headed out for a hike, a long bike ride or any other strenuous activity when I know that I will need to replenish myself. The combination of protein, fiber and antioxidants in this trail mix is an ideal snack for the active person who needs to reload during the day. Each batch makes 6 servings.
- 1oz (28) almonds
- ¼ c raisins
- 1/3 c dried cranberries
- 2/3 c granola
- 1 oz (6 pieces) dried mango
Simply measure everything out and mix well in a bowl. Place into a plastic bag or container.
123 Calories / 3g Fat / 22 Carbohydrates / 2g Fiber / 2g Protein
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Brandon McDearis is a personal chef working in the Charlotte area. He currently owns and operates Your Way Cuisine, http://www.yourwaycuisine.com. In addition to his culinary training, Brandon also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in foods and nutrition, with a concentration in dietetics. He primarily focuses on healthy cooking and addressing specific dietary needs of everyone from professional and amateur athletes, to busy families and elderly people.