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Chex It Out!

I timed my Whole30 program just right so that I would be finished up by the Super Bowl – a  friend- and food-filled day for most. Once you finish the Whole30 program, you are supposed to add certain foods back into your diet gradually, adding only one category (i.e. dairy) for one day, going back to Whole30 eating for two days, then reintroducing something else (i.e. gluten-free grains) on the next day. This process is designed to help you identify how your body reacts to certain foods and how they make you feel. My gluten-free grains day landed on Super Bowl Sunday so I decided to make a chex mix that was sure to be a safe play for the big game.

Sweet & Salty Gluten-Free Chex Miximg_4428

  • 4 1/2 cups Corn Chex
  • 4 1/2 cups Rice Chex
  • 1 1/2 cups Multigrain Cheerios
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 cups gluten-free pretzels
  • 1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil or ghee, melted
  • 1 tbsp seasoned salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder

Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Mix the cereal and nuts on a large baking sheet or roasting pan. Combine the worcestershire sauce, coconut oil, seasoned salt, and garlic powder and mix well. Pour the seasoning mixture over the cereal and nuts and toss to coat. Place in the oven and bake for 1 hour, stirring the mixture every 15 minutes. Remove the mix from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes before adding the dried cranberries and pretzels. Makes about 30 servings (about 1/2 cup each) << that’s a ballpark estimate.img_4428

Nutrition Information: 1 serving – Calories: 148 cal  Total fat: 8g  Saturated fat: 3g  Sodium: 134mg  Carbohydrates: 16g  Dietary fiber: 2g  Sugar: 4g  Protein: 2g

Sweet & Salty Gluten-Free Chex Mix: Tara Tested, Tara, friends, and family approved! This sweet and salty snack mix was a winner! The only thing missing from this batch that could have made it better (in someone special’s opinion) would be those round little rye crisps. The addition of dried cranberries added just enough sweetness to balance the saltiness of the seasoning, while the nuts added that hearty crunch. My friends and family enjoyed the mix before, during, and after the game – it was difficult to stick to just one serving! I was happy to have contributed something that I knew was compliant with my Whole30 reintroduction plan, but also something that everyone could enjoy. (Pssst, I didn’t only eat gluten-free things all night…but I made a valiant effort and paid close attention to how I felt the next day…bloated).

 

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