Energy-Packed Popcorn Snack

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Energy Packed Popcorn Trail Mix Snack by Shelbi Stoneback, content manager at Rodale’s

This is the perfect trail mix recipe to enjoy by the campfire or out on the trails. But if outdoor adventures aren’t your thing, this snack also makes a deliciously nutritious movie-watching treat.


  • 2 cups freshly popped organic popcorn (have fun popping over a fire with this Old Fashioned Popcorn Popper)
  • 1 small handful of almonds
  • 1 small handful of Goji Berries
  • 1 small handful of Cacao Nibs
  • ¼ cup pretzels, crushed into bite-size pieces
  • Pinch of cinnamon


1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and enjoy.

2. Store in reusable zip-locking bags for camping, hiking, and snacking!


The almonds are a good source of protein, fiber, and vitamin E, while the Goji berries pack the protein boost of 18 amino acids. The cocoa nibs not only taste yummy, but they also deliver antioxidants, magnesium, iron, and potassium to help keep you going through any adventure.

Shelbi StonebackShelbi Stoneback is the Rodale’s content manager, spending her days overseeing all things copy related. In sixth grade, she started a juice box recycling campaign at her elementary school and has been championing sustainability and organic living ever since. She’s a hand model, loud whistler, polar plunger, and an avid sea glass collector and treasure hunter, with the prides of her collection being a great white shark tooth fossil, a message in a bottle, and several 19th-century pot lids.


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4 Responses to Energy-Packed Popcorn Snack

  1. Alice Green July 25, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    Thanks for the great snack idea. But what I really, really want to know is: What does the message say from your ‘message in a bottle’???

  2. Nor July 25, 2015 at 1:38 pm #

    Please forgive the off-topic entry. And please forgive the anonymity. This isn’t spam. I just wanted to share something that you might like. If you do, please pass it along. Thank you.


    Think about love. Think about the kindness of love, the comfort of love, the acceptance and warmth of love, the simplicity and generosity and forgiveness of love. Think about the gentleness of love, the patience of love, the compassion of love. Think about the refuge and relief of love. Think about love.—

    That, I believe, is God. Love itself, perfect, eternal and infinite, flowing among all of us, shared as our birthright, our love uniting us and living on within God. There is nothing to fear. It’s love itself that is the God we seek, here within all of us and living on forever. Love has always been here.—

    The rest, I believe, is nature. Our bodies and our minds, the self we identify as soul, heredity and upbringing, all part of nature. There is no evil, only nature, a broad scape from marvels of beauty to tragic aberrations, all nature, all fleeting. All of nature shares the same preoccupations at its own level…we seek food, continuation of our species, pleasure, safety, status and territory. Those are the things of nature and the joys they give us are the gifts of nature.—

    But our greatest days are made of love, in hours of unbearable loss, it’s love that comforts us. We thrive on it, we long for it. With love, we do what we would have thought impossible, through love we make the miracles that others are praying for. It’s through our own love that God comes into the world.—

    Our prayers have already been answered. We have been given love, it is already here for us. Hunger and sickness, sadness and loneliness, fear and cruelty…what we can’t overcome with love, we can comfort with love so that none suffer alone and abandoned.—

    This, I believe, is our purpose. To free our love from the fearful cautions of nature, to let love dissolve the divisions that separate us, to look for love in every other being and find God. With love, we live as in heaven.—

    Think about love often, nurture love within yourself, give over some time of your days to meditate on love, to pray that we will have more love. Think about love and pray that one day we will all have the love we need for all the world.—

    This is not a religion and there is no need for money, preachers, books, or buildings. The truth is in love itself and the only outward sign of love is love. This is for you, offered in hope that it will help. The person who wrote this is an ordinary person of unexceptional virtue who will say nothing further.—


  3. Shelbi July 27, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Thanks for asking Alice! A family tossed it in the Atlantic Ocean and hoped it would get to Ireland. It circled back around and washed up in the New Jersey inlet where I found it, just across from Delaware.

  4. Alice Green July 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for letting me know, Shelbi, wouldn’t it be fun if the family who tossed it in the Ocean, would be reading this blog and get to know where their bottle ended up?? I would just love it if that happened. Thanks again for sharing!!

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