For the record I love Crossfit….I bet you guys didn’t know that! Haha! I’m kidding! I’ve talked about it enough around here and all the loves (and hates) about it all. I love how it pushes me to go past where I ever thought I could go but I do hate the soreness it creates. With that being said I feel old! My body aches in a good ache but in one of those sore old woman aches. Yes, for all you young bucks out there see what you have to look forward to when you get to….ahhhh you thought I was going to indulge my age. Gotcha! I only do that to my close in age crossfit friends so we can all suffer together.
On another note, also regarding crossfit, I’m pretty pumped about the games this weekend but I’m seriously not loving the way you can’t stream them like every other year prior on your trusty laptop. Now we have to go through espn online and have to connect with your cable company….yuck! All I want to do is flip my computer open and watch all those athletes I look up to suffer…I mean have fun while doing some crazy workout. Seriously, a half marathon on a rower! I think I about died just reading about that workout when it was announced. That is a long time spent on a rower! I have done a 5,000m row and I thought my butt and arms were going to be fall off the next day. Now you add another 15,000+ meters to that….ouch! Ok, enough you got the point on both the row and the fact I’m sad about the viewing aspect of this years games. I hope it changes…please crossfit games change it so all us crossfit folks can watch. Anyone else agree or I’m being totally crazy with my request?
Now to trail mix….I don’t think I’ve ever posted a paleo trail mix on here yet. Granola, but not trail mix. Shame on me! I made this as a test recipe for the cookbook and brought it to a crossfit competition at my local gym back in June and it was a hit. Thanks Gail for giving me the two thumbs up that it was warranted to continue to move to the cookbook pages. I changed it up a little for this post…after all I want you to want to try the one in the book too. It will be awhile (2014) so I thought I would post this version which in reality is pretty darn close to the original with just some minor tweaks. It’s yummy and it has saved me this summer while my kids have some how been eating me out of house. I always seem to be lacking in the snack category throughout the day. I made a huge batch and have some of it stored in the freezer for those moments of needing a quick snack for two hungry (and growing) 5 year olds.
Enjoy the mix and the games this weekend! Who is your favorite to win this year? I’ll tell you mind if you tell me yours?
- 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup almonds, chopped
- 1/3 cup walnuts
- 1/3 cup pecans
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/3 cup (about 4 or 5) medjool dates, pits removed and chopped
- 1/2 cup unsweetened large coconut flakes, lightly toasted*
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, and pecans with the coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger and sea salt until evenly coated.
- Spread the nuts and seeds in an even single layer on the lined baking sheets. Bake, stirring several times with a spatula or wooden spoon, until just golden, about 30 to 35 minutes.
- Cool the nuts completely on the pan, then add the dates and toasted coconut flakes and toss to combine. Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.
- *To toast coconut flakes, preheat oven to 325°F. Spread the coconut flakes out in a single layer on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper, and bake for 5 to 10 minutes until lightly golden. Make sure to check the flakes often so they do not burn.