Trail mix is an awesome snack choice for surrogates. Because it’s easy to pack and snack on the go, plus you can customize it based on your personal nutrition needs and flavor preferences, it’s something you can genuinely enjoy and feel good about eating too. Oddly enough, August 31st is an official holiday—Trail Mix Day, so in honor of this, we’ve rounded up a few delicious mix ideas for you to try at home.
What Goes into an Epic Trail Mix Recipe for Surrogates?
Nuts: Newer research suggests that eating nuts while pregnant can reduce the likelihood that the little one will develop a nut allergy. On top of this, they tend to be a good source of protein, so you’ll have a steady stream of energy, and they’re high in fiber, so you’ll fill up and keep your digestive system in top shape. You’ll also get healthy fats, vitamins E and B, and minerals like zinc, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, and copper, which are good for the baby’s development. Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and peanuts are your best bets, but try to avoid nuts that have been cooked in oil because they have excess fat and reduced nutrition.
Seeds: Carrying many of the same benefits as nuts, seeds are great additions to trail mix. They have few calories and are supercharged with a protein, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, some seeds, like pumpkin, may actually help with morning sickness. Experts think this is because morning sickness is often associated with a B6 or zinc deficiency and pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc. For this reason, pecans and Brazil nuts make good trail mix additions too. Sesame seeds are great too, particularly because they’re loaded with calcium and iron. Contrary to popular belief, sesame seeds are safe during pregnancy.
Fruit: It probably goes without saying, but dried fruit is a great addition to your trail mix. It’s loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, though the content varies by fruit type. Figs, apricots, goji berries, mango, blueberries, plums, and raisins are all popular choices, but be mindful to eat in moderation because of the high sugar content. It’s also worth noting that dried cranberries are delicious as well, but they tend to be coated in extra sugar, so they’re not one of the best choices. If you’re a cranberry fan, seek out a variety that’s unsweetened or sweetened with natural fruit juice instead.
Grains: Complex carbs will help you sustain energy and fill you up, plus have fiber, which your digestive system will thank you for. Granola, toasted oats, and bran flakes work well.
Sweets: Whenever possible, skip the sweets because they carry little nutritional value. Instead, sweeten with natural things like fruit, honey, or a bit of dark chocolate—the darker it is, the less sugar and additives it will typically have. Dried coconut, wasabi peas, fried ginger, and yogurt-covered raisins (be wary of added sugar) can all add zip to your mix as well.
Best Trail Mixes for Surrogates
These recipes don’t have amounts for each ingredient. Just add in whatever amount appeals to your taste buds! On a side note, be sure to drink plenty of water when you consume trail mix because the natural moisture has been zapped out of most ingredients and your body will need extra hydration for digestion.
Mix #1: Tropical Sweet Tooth Satisfaction
- Brazil Nuts
- Dried Mango
- Banana Chips
- Coconut Flakes
Mix #2: Morning Sickness Fix
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Dried Apples
- Maple Granola
- Seasonings: Toss in a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg to taste
Mix #3: Decadent Delight
- Dried Cherries
- Dark Chocolate
- Seasonings: Sea salt and cinnamon pair well
Mix #4: Antioxidant and Energy Boost
- Goji berries
- Dried Blueberries
- Flax Seeds
- Dark Chocolate
Mix #5: Savory Taste Bud Explosion
- Wasabi peas
- Sesame or Sunflower Seeds
- Dried Ginger
- Optional: Mix in Chex cereal for added texture or curry powder for more flavor punch
Become a Surrogate with EDSI
If you’d like to become a surrogate and aren’t already working with an agency, the Egg Donor and Surrogacy Institute would love to hear from you. We match our surrogates with the perfect surrogacy team, from intended parents who can’t wait to meet them, through medical professionals and legal aid. We’re here with you through each and every step of the journey, so that your surrogacy is filled with precious moments and beautiful memories. To get started, review our guidelines for surrogates and contact us when you’re ready to move forward.