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Fruit and Nut Trail Mix [BVI Food Recipe]

There are those rare individuals who eat three square meals a day with no snacks, but most of us need a little extra fuel between meals. Despite their sometimes bad reputation as sugary or salty sources of empty calories, snacks can be an essential part of a healthy diet and a source of needed energy. Convenient, healthy snack food is particularly important while cruising aboard a sailboat.

When provisioning, buy more snacks than you think you are necessary. I’ve noticed that people snack more aboard boats, especially on hectic days or when weather and waves make meal preparation difficult. Having well-planned snacks is useful during a full day of sailing and an absolute necessity for an overnight or multi-day passage. Even if your cruising consists solely of leisurely day sails, you’ll still want munchies to enjoy with your sunset cocktails.

Designate a snack cabinet in an easily accessible location in the galley.Stock it with healthy, non-perishable, grab ‘n go items such as nuts, dried fruit and granola bars. As an added bonus for the boat chef who has carefully planned her menu and shopping trips, if hungry sailors know there’s a snack cabinet, they’re less likely to raid the fridge and eat the ingredients for that evening’s dinner!


When provisioning for Virgin Islands cruising, here are some of my favourite snacks:

Buy fresh fruit such as apples, tangerines and bananas that can be eaten out of hand. Dried fruit also does the trick when you need something sweet. In particular, I love dates, which are naturally sweet with no added sugar.  Granola or granola bars are another mainstay in my pantry. Lastly, people who have spent time on the water with me will probably say that my homemade cookies are their perfect snack.
When I want a savoury snack, nuts and seeds are tops on my boat. They are delicious, non-perishable and compact. I like items that multi-task, and nuts and seeds are especially good in this respect, as they can be used in a variety of cooking and baking or added to salads. I always keep a variety in my pantry, including almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
Guacamole and tortilla chips, olives, cheese & crackers, mixed nuts, and veggies & dip are all good choices to pair with sundowner cocktails. Smoked salmon on crackers and shrimp with cocktail sauce are also nice special-occasion options. Have enough heavy appetizers so you can enjoy a meal of drinks & apps on short notice. If I’m cruising for a week, I usually plan for one evening meal that consists completely of appetizer-type foods. When plans change or you arrive at your anchorage later than expected, it’s great to be able to throw together a quick “grazing” dinner of appetizers.

Snacks are one area of provisioning where it can be hard to find local options. Look for interesting and unexpected local goodies such as crunchy seasoned channa (chickpeas) in Grenada, tamarind balls in St. Vincent & The Grenadines and empanadas in Puerto Rico. Plantain chips are also readily available throughout the Caribbean.

Before you set sail, consider making a big batch of granola or trail mix to have available as snacks. It won’t take more than a few minutes, and you can customize the ingredients to suit the tastes of your crew. For starters, try my yummy and filling trail mix recipe, which is just the right mix of sweet and savoury.

Fruit and Nut Trail Mix

½ c shelled pistachios


½ c chopped toasted almonds

½ c roasted sunflower seeds

½ c golden raisins

½ c diced dried apricots

½ c unsweetened dried coconut flakes or coconut chips

Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.

Susie Younkle, Home-cook and Sailor

Susie Younkle, Home-cook and Sailor

An avid home-cook and sailor, Susie provides Virgin Islands Property and Yacht magazine with that touch of warmth with her great provisioning recipes for amateur and veteran cooks.
Susie Younkle, Home-cook and Sailor

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