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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Dark Chocolate Makes a Great Trail Mix

Dark Secrets Chocolate Gorp
This gorp is sweet enough for dessert but has nutritional staying power to get you through a skipped meal when you’re on the go.

2 cups dark chocolate, chopped in bite size chunks
2 cups salted broken cashews
2 cups dried fruit such as Craisins
1 cup coconut chips
2 cups miniature salted pretzels
4 cups small crackers such as Wheat Thins
2 cups square corn, rice or wheat cereal

Toss everything lightly in a large bag and measure by the cupful into snack bags. Makes 15 portions of one cup each. 

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Healthy, Homemade Snacks to Eat Anywhere

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Never be without a healthy, homemade, money saving pocket meal or snack you can carry anywhere, eat anywhere.

White on Rice Gorp

8 cups square rice cereal 
1 tablespoon white sugar mixed with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cups miniature marshmallows
2 cups white chocolate chips
2 cups slivered almonds

Put everything in a large bag and jostle gently to mix well. Package by the cupful in snack bags. Makes 14 servings of one cup each. 

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Pocket Snack Recipes to Eat Anywhere

Apple Pie ‘n Cheese Gorp

This nut-free gorp is an anytime snack or pepper-upper. It’s also a satisfying, easy-to-eat walking dessert. Make a big batch on Sunday night and have enough lunchbox treats and after-school snacks to last all week. 

4 cups small white cheddar cheese crackers
2 cups Cheddar Cheese Goldfish
8 cups “lite” popcorn (two microwave bags)
2 cups cut up dried apples
2 cups Apple Jacks cereal 

Toss everything together lightly and package by the cupful in zip-top snack bags. Makes 20 servings of one cup each. 

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Pocket Snacks for Anytime Meals

If you’re into healthful ingredients,  read labels. I was about to buy an “oat” cereal when I read the fine print and learned the first ingredient is corn. 

Smoky  Gorp
This is a hearty gorp that can see you through a pre-dawn watch in a duck blind, a red-eye flight or lunch at your desk when you're on deadline. 

1 pound chunk of smoked gouda cheese
4 cups cheese curls
2 cups whole walnut halves
8 cups unsalted plain popcorn
8 ounces low-fat, low-sodium turkey jerky,  cut in bite size

Dice the cheese into a large bag, tossing with the cheese curls .  Add remaining ingredients and toss to mix well. Package by the cupful. Bring plenty of water and a piece of  juicy fruit to complete this pocket meal. Makes about 20 one-cup servings. 

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Homemade, Healthier Snack Recipes to Eat Anywhere

Eating lunch al desko? Make it a balanced meal that eats easy, tastes great. 

Slow Cooker Gorp
 Use all the same nuts or a mix of pecans, walnuts, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, jumbo peanuts, etc.

1 stick butter
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
4 cups nuts
12 cups unsweetened square cereals, preferably a mixture of corn, wheat and rice. 

Put butter in the slow cooker and turn it on High. As butter melts, stir in sugar and spices. When they are well combined, carefully fold in nuts and cereal. Turn cooker to Low. Cook one hour, stir gently and cook one hour more. Uncover and cool completely.  Package by the cupful and keep cool and dry for up to one week. Makes 16 cups. Add a crisp apple and a bottle of spring water and it's a meal. 

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Party Rye Sweet Treats for Camping, Hiking

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Mini Sandwich
Dessert Gorp
Easy to make, these  little sandwiches are practical to carry in a pocket, pleasing enough to serve at a party around the beach bonfire. 

1 loaf party rye bread
8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup pineapple jam
1/3 cup chopped, drained maraschino cherries

Mix cream cheese, jam and cherries and make sandwiches with the bread. Makes about 15 mini sandwiches for the lunchbox or day pack. These carry well for up to one day. 

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Healthier Pocket Snacks for Hiking, Fishing, Treats for Kids

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Nutella Gorp

5 cups any flavor round oat cereal such as Honey Nut Cheerios

1 cup coarsely chopped hazelnuts
3 cups miniature marshmallows
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons Nutella

Put cereal and nuts in a large bowl. In a microware container or double boiler, heat marshmallows with butter and Nutella. Mix with cereal and press into a buttered 9 X 13-inch dish or baking pan. Cool completely, cut in squares and wrap individually for travel, the lunchbox or the trail. 

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