Grabbing some homemade trail mix with dried cranberries, blueberries, slivered almonds and granola when heading out the door is a nutritious, filling snack. As much as we like being outdoors where we can hike or indulge in other adventures, real life (work) comes crashing in. We have our so very good for us dried fruit, what other ways can we enjoy it?
Fresh Spinach Salad
This salad allows you to be as adventurous as you want to be, it's impossible to mess it up and insanely easy to make. If you are a foodie or love to cook add and subtract nuts, apples, and fresh fruit to make it your own, but the dried fruit and spinach is the base.
6 to 8 cups fresh pre-washed Spinach or Spring Mix
1/2 Cup dried blueberries
1/2 Cup dried cranberries
1/2 Cup Pecans or Almonds
1 large Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced
1/4 crumbled Feta
Easy Honey Mustard Dressing
1 1/2 T Olive oil
1 1/2 T Dijon Mustard
1 1/2 T Cider Vinegar
1 1/2 T Honey
Taste and add more or less depending of each ingredient depending on your palate. Add the dressing immediately before serving. It can be kept in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.
Creamy Oatmeal with Dried Cranberries and Blueberries
Oatmeal is super healthy and hearty enough to keep you full a long time, it's a lovely way to beginning a day summer or winter. Problem is we don't have the time to cook it. The instant variety will do in a pinch but do we want it every day? Here is a great option and breakfast is ready in under 10 minutes.
2 Cups Boiling water
1 Cup Quick Cooking Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries or Blueberries, together 1/4 Cup each, or change up on alternate days
Cook 5 to 7 minutes depending on how thick you prefer your oatmeal, put in bowl, add your favourite milk, some honey and enjoy.
Blueberry, Cranberry Energy Squares
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberry
1/2 Cup Dried Blueberry
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Almonds
1 Cup Uncooked Regular Oats (Steel Cut are too chewy for this recipe)
1/2 C Peanut or Almond Butter
1/4 Cup honey
Heat oven to 350°, in 8 x 8 cake pan add oatmeal, almonds and coconut bake for 8 to 10 minutes, stir at 4 to 5 minutes, remove from oven to cool. In a medium-sized microwaveable bowl, melt peanut butter, stir in honey, add the baked ingredients and finally the dried fruit. Put back in the cake pan to shape, place in refrigerator to harden. In 15 minutes remove from the cake pan from refrigerator. Cut mixture into bars and place into air tight container, can be refrigerated for one week.
Cranberry, Blueberry Yogurt Dessert
Why buy small containers of sweetened flavoured yogurt when you can make your own healthier version for snacks and dessert.
1/2 Cup Plain or Vanilla Flavoured Greek Yogurt
1/2 Cup of Blueberries
1/4 Cup Cranberries
1 to 2 T of honey
Chopped Nuts (optional)
This healthy, quick delicious treat makes a great snack or dessert. Change it up with or without the cranberries of blueberries for completely different flavors. Either way you make it, your taste buds will be overjoyed. In this fast paced world we live in eating healthy can be a challenge. We exercise, have fun and energetic adventures, but the truth is we spend more time tied to a desk than we like. Eating healthy is a must, to have the energy to get through our work days and fast, fun filled weekends. Dried Cranberries and Blueberries are a great addition to our diets which varied ways of eating them.
Hope you love these yummy recipes!