Originally invented as a hiking snack, the Trail mix has become a popular healthy snack worldwide. Not only is it easy to make but also easy to carry. Just pack away the desired quantity in a zip-pouch and be on your way with your pocketful of healthy snack.A personalized bowl of Trail mix can be prepared to please a sweet craving or a savoury yearning. The best part of the Trail mix besides eating it is, MAKING IT!Listed below are the individual ingredients and their health benefits that go into a Trail Mix. All you need to do is mix and match as per your taste and create a customized bowl for yourself.Nuts: Nuts are full of unsaturated fats, protein, fibre, antioxidants, vitamin E, and other essential vitamins and minerals. One thing to keep in mind is to have the nuts unsalted and unsweetened to ward off the excess sugar and sodium. The nutty flavour can be extracted from these nuts:1. Almonds2. Cashews3. Pinenuts4. Pistachios5. Peanuts6. Walnuts7. Hazelnuts8. Pecans9. Macademia nutsSeeds: Another source of healthy nutrients which provides us with omega-3 fatty acids, gamma linolenic acid, protein, zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Also those of us with nut allergies can use seeds as a nut substitute to reap similar health benefits. The list of healthy seeds that can be used is:1. Flaxseeds2. Sunflower seeds3. Hemp seeds4. Pumpkinseeds5. Sesame seedsDried Fruits: Although a little more on the sugary side, dried fruits provide fibre, antioxidants, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Control your serving size to control the excess sugar. Too much dried fruit might promote fat storage in your body. Preferred dried fruit options are1. Figs2. Cherries3. Apricots4. Banana chips5. Apples6. Mango7. Dates8. Strawberries9. Blueberries10. Pineapple chunksGrains: The addition of grains to your high fibre mix will ensure a balance of complex carbohydrates in your bowl and will make it crunchier. Grains also act as an energy booster. To keep the mix healthy, avoid processed cereals which add unnecessary sugar and sodium to your diet. The grains that can be used are:1. Wheat cereals2. Bran cereals 3. Whole grain cereals 4. Toasted oats5. Puffed rice 6. Granola 7. Air-popped pop 8. Corn PretzelsSweets: Sprinkling a little sweet to your mix will keep the whole mix fun and more palatable. Just ensure you don’t go overboard with the quantity as then you will just end up with a bowl of fat instead of a balanced mix of nutrients. The yummy sweets which can be used are:1. Gems2. Chocolate chips- preferably dark3.Chocolate covered nuts4. Mini marshmallows5. Butterscotch chips6. Peanut butter chipsSeasoning: Once the stage is set, all is lifeless without the sound and lights. So just add some seasoning to create a twist of flavours with added health benefits and enjoy your awesome snack. Some seasoning which can be added is:1. Salt2. Sea salt3.White pepper4. Black pepper5. Cinnamon6. Nutmeg7. Cardamom8. Ground ginger9. Onion powder10. Coconut powder/flakesYou can start experimenting on your own but just to get you started on the trail mix, we have written down the combination of three different types of trail mix.Ingredients for a Savoury nibble:1. GarlicPowder2. Onion Powder3. PepperSalt4. Flaxseeds5. Almonds6. PeanutsTo make just put together the whole bunch of above mentioned ingredients in a bowl, mix with the mentioned seasoning and enjoy!Ingredients for a Spicy mix:1. Almonds2. Cashews3. Sesame seeds4. Dried peas5. Corn flakes6. Sea salt7. Chilli powderAdd the quantities as per taste and requirement and munch away.Ingredients for a Sweet craving:1. Air-popped pop corn 2. Raisins 3. Puffed rice 4. Dark chocolate chipsThe sweet version does contain sugar. For a healthier version, skip the dark chocolate chips.But wait! Before you start chomping on the delicious mix you made, remember that a healthy portion is a quarter of a cup and not more. Avoid over consumption in order to ward off those unnecessary calories. Happy Snacking!