I’m Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of www.TheHealthyApple.com; I’m a Manhattan based Celebrity Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer, Writer and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean’ recipes. I recently healed myself from a decade of chronic pain and love sharing my tasty anti-inflammatory recipes with you!
I Recreated this recipe: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cherry-almond-snack-mix/
This recipe is a healthy redo of a Cherry-Almond Snack Mix. I love whipping up snack mixes because they’re easy to make and perfect when you need a filling snack on the go, but it’s easy to load our mixes with sugar and salt laden ingredients that will end up slowing us down. Here’s a healthier version of the recipe featuring loads of super foods that your body will love.
I suffer from allergies to lots of foods, including dairy and gluten, so I have to be careful about what I put into my body. While it’s difficult to eat around dietary restrictions, my allergies actually encourage me to pick whole, natural foods, and that’s what we should all be eating anyway. It’s empowering to know where my ingredients come from and how they help my body stay strong and healthy.
This snack mix features some of my favorite super healthy foods. Raw almonds are a potent source of protein, potassium, calcium and fiber and are a great food to help you refuel when you experience a lull in your energy. Coconut oil is a healthy, vegan alternative to butter and adds a sweet nutty flavor to the mix. Cinnamon is a one of my favorite cozy spices and a surprisingly good source of antioxidants and fiber.
My healthy snack mix redo is easy to make, easy to store and is the perfect healthy treat to keep you energized and satisfied.
Amie’s Valpone’s Version: Cranberry-Raisin Anti-Inflammatory Snack Mix
I recreated a snack mix that I wanted to revamp with a touch of anti-inflammatory ingredients and lean protein as well as vitamins and minerals instead of making another nibble that’s void of any nutrients! I switched up the ingredient list and removed butter, which is inflammatory to many people since it contains dairy. I also removed the gluten-containing ‘sweetened’ cereal so you aren’t getting any added sugar in this bowl of goodness. Finally, I removed refined white table salt and used Himalayan sea salt for extra nutrients and minerals in every spoonful. My version is gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar free!
I started with 2 cups of whole grain cereal (not white flour cereal) then I added 2 cups of whole raw almonds and 1 cup of pumpkin or sesame seeds for protein. I melted 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, which is incredibly good for thyroid and stomach health and added that to the mix along with 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. Himalayan sea salt, 1 cup dried cranberries, and 1/2 cup raisin in a large bowl; I mixed everything well until it was combined and tossed to coat. Then, I baked it for 20 minutes in a baking dish and stirred the mixture once half way through. I roasted this snack until the almonds were toasted, then removed from the oven and set aside to cool for 30-40 minutes.
Once mixture is cooled, I stirred in 2 Tbsp. chia seeds and 2 Tbsp. flax seeds. Serve as a snack or serve as a breakfast cereal with almond milk and fresh berries. You can easily store this dry snack mix in a sealed container for up to 5 days. Enjoy!
Amie recently healed herself from illness including Lyme Disease, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hypothyroidism, Heavy Metals and much more exhausting thousands of doctors in the country and Mayo Clinic; I share my story of how Clean Eating and Detox saved my life and I hope to inspire you to Clean up your food, too. I live in Manhattan, NYC where I cook for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, organic, whole foods. My work appears on Martha Stewart, Fox News Health, WebMD, The Huffington Post, The Food Network, Glamour Magazine, Clean Eating Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, Prevention Magazine, PBS and many others. Come say hello and visit me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Pinterest @TheHealthyApple. My first cookbook on ‘Clean Eating and Detox’ will come out in Spring of 2016.