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Celebrity Chef: Take-A-Break Snack Mix

Serves 10; 1/2 cup per serving

Whether your schedule is go-go-go or hurry-up-and-wait, you’ll be glad you packed these tasty tidbits for healthy snacking.

  • Cooking spray
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups whole-grain oat cereal with yogurt-flavored coating
  • 2 cups whole-grain wheat and bran flakes with raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dried unsweetened blueberries

    Put a piece of aluminum foil about 12 inches square on a platter or baking sheet. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Set aside.

    In a small nonstick skillet, dry-roast the almonds over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly golden brown, stirring occasionally.

    Stir in the brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until the liquid has evaporated and the almonds are coated with the mixture, stirring constantly. Transfer to the foil. Let cool completely, 15 to 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients.

    Add the cooled almonds to the cereal mixture, stirring to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 7 days.

    Cook’s Tip: For variety, substitute different nutrient-dense dried fruits, such as cherries, apricots, and plums, for the cranberries and blueberries. Cut them into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces before adding them to the cereal mixture.

    NUTRITION ANALYSIS (per serving)

    Calories 139
    Total Fat 2.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g
    Trans Fat 0.0 g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
    Monounsaturated Fat 1.0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 124 mg
    Carbohydrates 28 g
    Fiber 4 g
    Sugars 15 g
    Protein 2 g

    Dietary Exchanges: 1 fruit, 1 starch

    This recipe is brought to you by the American Heart Association’s Food Certification Program. Recipe copyright © 2008 American Heart Association.

    For more information heart-healthy grocery shopping, visit heartcheckmark.org


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