Going on a hiking date? Or want to impress your regular trail buddies? Sahale Snacks are an upscale approach to trail mix. Available in about a dozen flavors, these convenient snacks combine nuts and dried fruits with an eye towards sustainability. Sahale Snacks prides itself on avoiding GMOs and using renewable energy in its snack production.
Sahale Snacks recently sent me a couple of flavors to try. The berry macaroon almond mix combines cashews, toasted coconut, almonds, dried blueberries and lemon-infused apples. Like many types of trail mix, it has some important nutrients but is also high in fat and sugar. A ¼ cup serving is 170 calories, including 2.5 g of saturated fat, 10 g of sugar, 4 g of protein, no trans fat, and negligible amounts of vitamins and minerals. Sodium is pretty low at 80 mg per serving. This mix is very heavy on almonds, and light on the lemon-infused apples, which we dug through the bag trying to find more of.
The raspberry crumble cashew mix includes peanuts, cashews, dried raspberries, dried cranberries and banana chips. Its nutritional profile is very similar to the berry macaroon mix, with, at 3 grams, an extra gram of dietary fiber thrown in.
More exotic flavors include pomegranate pistachio, which adds black pepper to the mix, and Valdosta pecans with orange zest.
Based in Seattle, this small company is already winning awards. They took home the Most Innovative New Product Award in the salty snacks category at the 2013 Sweets & Snacks Expo. In 2014, they won both the Grocery Headquarters Trailblazer Award and Food Processor of the Year award in the small firms category from Seattle Business magazine.
Sahale Snacks has wide distribution. In addition to natural food stores, you can find them in mainstream grocers and even 7-11s.