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For a good cause

by Jen Ropp, MS RD CDE Rockwood Clinic Diabetes Education and Nutrition Services


Posted on September 2, 2010 at 11:51 AM


There are many activities that are available to be an advocate for those with diabetes. We promote and support these activities at Rockwood Clinic because it is an excellent way to increase awareness about the health affects of diabetes and hopefully decrease its prevalence. In the next several months, the number these activities will be increasing. October is the month of the American Diabetes Association Step Out: Walk to Fight Diabetes and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes (visit www.diabetes.org and www.jdrf.org for more information about events in the Spokane area).  In addition, November is American Diabetes Month (visit www.stopdiabetes.com for more information). 
I thought this week, I would include a recipe for a healthy and portable snack to take with you while you are training for these diabetes walks. Trail mix can be a great option for those with diabetes because of its healthy balance of carbohydrates, protein and heart healthy fats. Commercial trail mixes are typically high in added salt and sugar, and can contain a number of preservatives. Making your own is a great idea! 
Trail Mix
  • 1 cup combination diced dried fruit, such as prunes, apricots, pears and apples
  • 1/2 cup raisins and/or dried cherries or cranberries
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsalted dry-roasted peanuts (or honey-roasted peanuts, chopped walnuts or unsalted almonds)
Mix together, makes 4 cups, or 8 servings of ½ cup each.
Nutrition Information per ½ cup serving
Total calories 175, Total carbohydrate 15 grams, total fiber 2 grams, total protein 5 grams, total fat 11 grams