The Ultimate Snacky Snack: Spa Nuts

nuts are a healthy snack

It’s been a while since I shared a project with you. Enjoy!

Update: I’ve been really good working on my fitness level, an area of growth from my clarity project.

My pants fit better, my attitude is up and my skin has a natural glow.

When Barrie said, “Stop eating a Western diet and start eating real food,” I got to thinking about the groceries we buy.

Take our recent vacations. Before each trip, I bought all sorts of convenient foods – potato chips (my personal weakness), Cheetos, granola bars, sugary cereal. Some items were healthier than others, but the bottom line was, I knew better. I knew these items weren’t healthy, but I bought them anyway because it was easy.

I know my kids will eat them. When we need a snack in a hurry, there’s no fuss – just grab the bag and go. I needed an alternative to these snacks, which is just the inspiration I got on our last vacation to Wisconsin Dells.

Cue heavenly music. It happened at a spa.

My lovely mother-in-law (really, she is!) treated me to a spa day – a pedicure, lunch, wine, the works. What a change from the water park menu! Instead of fried cheese, breaded chicken patties and onion rings, we enjoyed fish tacos, berry salads and whole wheat veggie wraps. I felt like an angel in Healthy Heaven. Nothing on the menu was fried. It was all real food.

Even the snacks were real food – the meditation room featured a mixture of spa nuts. I’m not sure the brand or exact ingredients, but I recreated the mixture at home.

Good news: spa nuts are delicious, easy to make and frugal, too.

The total cost to recreate the mixture was $6.76. I’m guessing it will last over a month. I love this snack because it’s:

  • Filling! I don’t have to eat handful after handful to feel satisfied. Just a small scoop really fills me up.
  • Sweet and salty.
  • Easy to grab and go – just pour a few scoops into a container.
  • Non-perishable. I keep mine in a candy dish with a teaspoon scooper.

Spa Nut Recipe

1 jar peanuts (or nut of choice)

1 bag sunflower seeds

1 container dried papaya

1 container banana chips

Crush peanuts slightly using a rolling pin. Break up dried fruit. Add seeds. Stir and enjoy!

spa nuts

Any suggestions to improve the recipe? Please leave a comment below.

If you like this recipe, please share it. Thank you! Melissa

Top photo by lucyfrench123

Check out Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyk, coming January 2016 from Delacorte Press/Random House. Visit her author site here.


1 Katie August 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

Hey Melissa, I would consider replacing nuts with almonds for an even healthier choice. They have less mold on them and contain lots of calcium. Love the idea of making healthy snacks. I’m the same way when vacationing, convenience crap sneaks in and health ducks out. This is a nice idea for blocking that exit.

2 Melissa August 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I think that’s true – a lot of us take a vacation from being healthy, which never feels good. Almonds are a great suggestion. Thanks, Katie!

3 Lynn August 17, 2010 at 9:57 am

sounds great Melissa. pumpkin seeds would be awesome in that too!

i do somthing like this for Lily to munch on everyday, but hers is Cheerios, Goldfish and Craisins.

4 Melissa August 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Pumpkin seeds! Yes! Now I know what to do with them after Halloween.

5 Matt August 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm

add in dried raspberries , and dark chocolate( lots of antioxidants) and it could take the place of dessert!

6 Melissa August 20, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Yum! Thanks for the idea, chef man.

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