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Take Two: Granola Bar vs. Trail Mix

Find out which snack hits the spot. Plus, get recipes for both.

These are both good snacks to grab when you're hitting the trails. Trail mix has more calories and fat, but most of the fat is heart-healthful, mono- and polyunsaturated. Both snacks contain carbohydrates, which give you energy for your hike, but the nuts in trail mix provide a little more protein and fiber. Trail mix also has less sodium. With either snack, be aware that infinite varieties exist, and sweet additions, such as chocolate or yogurt coverings, increase the calories and fat grams. And always be conscious of how much trail mix you're eating. A small handful every hour will provide fuel for your hike without weighing you down. Compare these two snack choices yourself with the following two Cooking Light versions.


Granola Bar
(two-inch square)
Chewy Coconut-Granola Bars
157 calories
4.7 grams total fat
(1.2 grams mono; 1.5 grams poly)
27.8 grams carbohydrates
2.1 grams protein
34 milligrams calcium
1.1 grams fiber
122 milligrams sodium
Trail Mix
(1/4 cup)
Honey-Roasted Nuts and Fruit
194 calories
9.4 grams total fat
(5 grams mono; 2.8 grams poly)
27.8 grams carbohydrates
3.4 grams protein
30 milligrams calcium
2.2 grams fiber
82 milligrams sodium