15 Unhealthy Packaged Trail Mixes You Should Never Buy

When you’re on the go and need a snack to fill you up, trail mix is often a healthy option. The nuts fill you with healthy fats and protein, which will keep you satisfied until your next meal. However, if you don’t have time to prepare your own healthy version of the snack mix, you may struggle to find something nutritious.

It’s easy to categorize all versions of trail mix as healthy, but many fall short. Most of them have dried fruit made with added sugar, processed, yogurt-coated nuts and raisins, and even chocolate candies that take up more of the packaging than the nuts. The next time you need a quick snack to give you energy, avoid these 15 prepackaged trail mixes.

1. Kirkland Signature Trail Mix

Mix in White Bowl

Trail mix with chocolate in a white bowl | iStock.com/Darryl Brooks

Commonly found in wholesale stores, this brand of trail mix is a combination of peanuts, M&M’s, raisins, almonds, and cashews. One 3-tablespoon serving adds up to 160 calories, 10 grams of fat, and 9 grams of sugar. While nuts and dried fruit do have their advantages over a salty pretzel or piece of candy, all of the nuts and raisins are roasted in some form of oil, and the M&M’s make up an unreasonably large portion of the snack. This means it’s easy to eat more pieces of candy than nuts.

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