THE WORLD'S BEST TRAIL MIX

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OUR EXOTIC BLEND IS LOW IN CALORIES, HELPS ENERGIZE, AND CURBS HUNGER
LESS THAN 150 CALORIES A PORTION

1. DRIED CHERRIES (¼ cup) Picked from orchards in the Great lakes region, cherries have twice as many antioxidants as red grapes ,and may help fight arthritis.

• TRY: Welch's Dried Cherries, $4; supermarkets

2. BRAZIL NUTS (6 nuts, halved) The seed of a giant South American Amazon tree, each "nut" contains 10 times the recommended intake of selenium, a mineral with heart-helping antioxidants.

• TRY: Whole Foods Market Raw Brazil Nuts, $5; Whole Foods stores

3. DRIED YACON (¼ cup) This Peruvian-grown vegetable looks and tastes like a dried Granny Smith apple. It's high in cancer-fighting flavonoids and digestion-promoting chlorogenic acid.

• TRY Navitas Naturals Raw Dried Yacon Slices, $5.95; Whole Foods and Vitamin Shoppe stores

4. DRIED GOJI BERRIES (¼ cup) This tart Chinese fruit (think cranberry meets green tea) provides 18 amino acids, which help maintain and repair body cells.

• TRY: Woodstock Farms Natural Goji Berries, $7; grocery and health food stores

5. CACAO NIBS (¼ cup) Grown in the rainforests of Ecuador and Peru, this raw chocolate has up to four times the flavonoids of more processed varieties, helping to lower blood pres-sure. Chocolate-covered nibs are sweeter.

• TRY: Natural Zing Raw Organic Cacao Nibs; $9.90; naturalzing.com; Dagoba Organic Chocolate Covered Cacao Nibs, $9; select health food stores

6. JUNGLE PEANUTS (¼ cup) From the Ecuadorian Amazon, these soft and meaty nuts are a good source of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat recently linked to cancer prevention.

• TRY: Sunfood Nutrition Organic Wild Amazonian Jungle Peanuts, $9; sunfood.com

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER ¼ CUP (makes 6 servings); 146 cal, 3 g pro, 17 g carb, 7.5 g fat, 1 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 3 g fiber, 14 mg sodium

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By A. G.

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