Since I have never tried any of their products before, I was very excited to receive some samples of their new exotic trail mixes: The Kilimanjaro mix, Machu Pichu mix, Fuji mix and Annapurna mix.
The first mix I tried was The KILIMANJARO mix which is a blend of 70% dark chocolate, almonds, walnuts, salty cashews, sultana raisins, and naturally sweetened cranberries. This mix by far was my favourite due to the little dark chocolate chips (surprise, surprise I'm such a sucker for anything chocolate). The combination of sweet and salty in this mix was perfect and I loved that there was an equal amount of each ingredient in the bag. I really can’t stand when I buy a bag of trail mix and there are only two or three of one nut and 1000 of another. I actually finished this bag within a couple of days because I kept adding it on top of my oatmeal in the morning. The melted chocolate in the warm oatmeal was sooo good and the nuts made this the perfect protein-packed breakfast.
The next mix that I tried was The MACHU PICHU mix which is a unique blend of nuts and exotic fruit, including Incan Golden berries, white mulberries, Brazil nuts, Goji berries, European pumpkin seeds, and almonds. This mix was a bit sweeter than the Kilimanjaro because of all the different dried fruits but the pumpkin seeds and Brazil nuts really balanced the mixture out quite nicely. I am proud to say that this trail mix introduced me to the wonderful world of dried mulberries. I cant believe how tasty they are and these super addictive lil berries are very healthy as they contain high levels of iron, calcium, vitamin c, fibre and resveratrol.
Next was the FUJI mix which combines crunchy roasted nuts, seeds and dried fruit that are topped with a touch of virgin coconut oil and sea salt. This mix is so much better than your average deluxe mixed nuts that you buy at the grocery store. The sea salt is not overpowering and the hint of coconut oil flavour gives these nuts a deliciously distinctive taste!
The ANNAPURNA mixture has almonds, cashews, raisins, sunflower seeds, cranberries, and Goji berries. I really like the chewy goji berries and the addition of seeds in this mix. I've put this mix on my salad for extra protein and antioxidants, and this mix is ALWAYS in a little zip-lock bag in my purse for a quick energy-boosting snack.
Prana’s products are certified organic by Ecocert Canada and are handcrafted in Montreal using fresh and organic ingredients that are free of preservatives, additives and artificial flavours. Prana strongly believes that “organic agricultural practices are some of the best ways to preserve our planet’s integrity as well as our own. By choosing to buy organic, you are helping to preserve biodiversity by respecting Mother Nature and encouraging everyone to make a difference in their home, their community and on a global level as well.”
Overall I was extremely happy with these trail mixes and am very interested in the other products that Prana carries. The company being Canadian is one reason I want to purchase their products in the future but the more important reason is because they are making reasonably priced organic/vegan products with the environment and their customer's health in mind. The snack mixes are original, tasty and gluten-free and are packed with quality ingredients. I usually find trail mixes bland and full of hard raisins or stale-tasting nuts but these were really fresh and you can actually tell that their ingredients are of high standards. These mixes are perfect to stash at your desk, in your purse or to just throw out in a bowl on a coffee table when guests come over.
These new trail mixes are at a retail price of $ 4.99 for 150 g. and are available across Canada in health food stores, IGA, Metro, in some pharmacies and online in bulk (1 kg) at www.boutiqueprana.com .