This “Flavor Your Adventure” post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds.

Summer is one of my favorite times. Not because of the oppressively hot weather or the need for sunscreen at 7am, but because of the freedom and lack of rigidity. Even with a three year old, we’re already feeling the effects the school year imposes on your daily agenda. While I’m all for scheduling and planning, the idea of having absolutely nothing set in stone on the day’s to-do list is absolutely freeing and liberating. Sure there are things that have to be done, deadlines to make, and appointments to keep, but the general flow of the day and week is generally totally up in the air and it’s awesome.

almond trail mix

I love being ready to drop everything and go do anything at any given moment, whether it’s something big and exciting like a road trip or something tiny {but equally as exciting} as a pool day or trip to the library with friends. The only way to make this work and not go totally crazy is to be prepared. For us, this means knowing where sunscreen and bathing suits are at all times, managing to not lose my keys or wallet, and always having easy, portable snacks on hand that will satisfy both myself and an opinionated threenager.

While we always have at least a small collection of pre-packaged snacks on hand {fruit cups, granola bars}, our go-to this summer has been trail mix. This is an easy one because it’s a basic simple formula that meets our needs {healthy, filling, allergy-friendly} but is also easy to change up every single time to prevent snack boredom.

The kiddo’s fave is Blue Diamond’s Roasted Lightly Salted Almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, and chocolate chips. Tossing in something slightly “exotic” like dried papaya, mango, granola clusters, or pumpkin seeds is basically the highlight of his snack-based day.

My favorite is coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds, and dried apricots, with switching up the variety by changing the flavor almonds I use. My current faves are honey mustard and wasabi.

When I’m feeling super on top of things {ha} we’ll make the mixtures into granola bars, clusters, or balls, but most of them we eat the trail mix straight up on whatever adventure we happen to be on.

blue diamond almonds


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