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It’s Stacy: Healthy Eats –Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

My Great Grandmother, Arizona Henry, was always looking for new gift-giving ideas that were healthy and did not cost a lot of money. Since red was her favorite color and Valentine’s Day is this week, I tried to create a recipe that she might approve of. Grandma was not a fan of nuts, mainly because she did not have any teeth.  I am certain Grandma would pick out all the chocolate and dried cherries from this recipe.

Nuts are considered an antioxidant powerhouse. They are high in fiber and low in carbohydrates. They contain vitamin E, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, and selenium. They make a great snack food for kids and your honey this Valentine’s Day. I recommend mixing this snack with a nice hike at Cacapon State Park for the perfect romantic time.

Valentine’s Day Trail Mix

½ cup dried cherries

½ cup peanuts

½ cup almond

½ cup dried cranberries

4 sections of dark chocolate, chopped

  1. Mix all ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Pack into a small clear container with a pink or red ribbon.
  3. Don’t forget the kiss.


Stacy Schultz is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a former Morgan County Commissioner and is the author of “It’s Stacy’s Grandma ‘Zona’s recipes” and “Great Grandma Zona’s Wisdom & recipes: Comfort food made easy.” She has been in healthcare for 35 years at War Memorial Hospital.