Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix

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Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix is just what you need when you are hungry for an afternoon snack. There’s no need to hit the vending machine when you have this sweet and salty snack mix at your desk. When you feel those afternoon tummy rumbles, just pair Wonderful Pistachios with a few of your other favorite snack foods for an easy snack recipe and you’ll be able to snack mindfully but still satisfy those hunger pangs.

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Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

Disclaimer: This recipe was developed through a sponsored partnership with Wonderful Pistachios. As always, all opinions are my own.

You can take the girl out of science, but you can’t take the scientist out of the girl. Especially when said girl is a snacker.

When I used to work in an office, I’d pack my lunch and snacks everyday. Other than when I was pregnant, I didn’t keep a crumb of food in my desk drawers because it would have been way too easy for me to empty a bag of crackers or polish off a few granola bars. It’s not that I didn’t want to eat mindfully, but when my mind was on my experimental notes or contracts under review, it wasn’t on my stomach. So one little growl in my stomach, I’d open that snack drawer, and it would be all over. On a daily basis. My pants would not have been happy with me.

So when I became a stay-at-home mom and eventually began working from home (developing recipes, no less), I had to employ similar tactics even when I had a full fridge and pantry at my disposal. That means sticking to my standard breakfast repertoire, drinking water to assess whether I am really hungry or just thirsty, and portioning out snacks. Yes, I even measure. As I said, once a scientist, always a scientist. But those measuring cups give me the visual cues I need to keep my portions in check.

My husband, on the other hand, always has a well-stocked snack drawer. But he only reaches into it when he is actually hungry, and he is fine pulling out a cookie or a few pretzels or a handful of nuts.

My oldest has inherited my snacking habits, while my little guy, even at four years old, has the mindful eating thing down. He can see a container of snack mix and just take what he needs, while I need to measure portions for my big guy and I. Especially with a snack mix like this…

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix is the perfect blend of sweet and salty for when you need to #WorkSmartSnackSmart!

First, you have the chewy dried cherries mixed with salty pretzel nuggets for just the right amount of crunch. A few dark chocolate chips give you that perfect hit of chocolaty goodness that everyone loves. And of course those Wonderful Pistachios with their roasted, nutty flavor, plus they have protein  and fiber that may help keep you fuller longer. With all the flavors and textures, a small handful is all you need to get you through that afternoon slump. And if your day takes you out of the office and into the great outdoors, pack a few containers or baggies to fuel you through your life’s adventures.

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

Whether it’s in a trail mix or on their own, crunchy, salty Pistachios are a uniquely satisfying snack since they are a good source of fiber and protein while still being one of the lowest-calorie and lowest-fat nuts around. I also enjoy stuffing them into dates with some cream cheese, or pairing with grapes and sharp cheddar.

Pistachios are the “Mindful Nut,” and between removing the shells to help slow down your snacking, plus seeing the those empty shells pile up, it may help you be more aware of how much you are munching. Also, if you are like me and really need built-in portion control, Wonderful Pistachios come in a 9-pack Multipack of 1.5 oz. bags, along with the 32 oz. bag and No Shells Roasted and Salted packages. Find them all in their Amazon Store, or use this coupon to save $0.50 on your next purchase of a 4.5 oz. or larger package of Wonderful Pistachios. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more smart snacking ideas!

Are you ready to #WorkSmartSnackSmart? Wonderful Pistachios will help you with that…

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

Head on over to Instagram, where one Grand Prize Winner will receive an “Office Refresh” for their company; inclusive of Wonderful Pistachios products, or other healthy snacks for a year, and a new refrigerator (approximate retail value of prize: $9,500.00). ​​​​​​​There will also be 10 Runner-Up Prize winners who will be awarded a Wonderful Pistachio prize pack worth approximately $160.00.

All you have to do is post a photo of your “healthy workspace” on Instagram, using #WorkSmartSnackSmart and #WPGiveaway hashtags, and tagging @GetCrackin between now and 11:59 pm on July 28th, 2017. Wonderful Pistachios will select winners based on the entry that best defines a “healthy workspace.” Good luck!

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

Love this Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix and looking for some more ways to add Pistachios to your daily snacking routine? Try these recipes…

You can also try some from my friends. Kick things up with Spicy Pistachios from Aggie’s Kitchen. When you need a portable, handheld snack, No-Bake Easy Dark Chocolate Pistachio Granola Bars from Chelsea’s Messy Apron are the way to go. Or blend them into Pistachio Guacamole from Two Peas and Their Pod.

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

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Here’s how you toss together this easy Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix recipe…

5 from 1 vote

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix

 a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios
Prep: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Servings: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shelled Wonderful Pistachios
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1/2 cup pretzel nuggets
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients and mix together.

Notes

An easy sweet and salty snack mix perfect for when the afternoon hunger strikes.
Nutrition Facts
Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 104mg4%
Potassium 152mg4%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 410IU8%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Enjoy!

Cherry Chocolate Pistachio Trail Mix - a sweet and salty snack mix that will satisfy you with protein and fiber when afternoon hunger strikes. In the office or outside having fun, you'll love this combination of dried cherries, chocolate chips, pretzels, and Wonderful Pistachios from @getcrackin. #AD

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Wonderful Pistachios. The opinions and text are all mine.

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