Last year around Labor Day, you may remember a smattering of instagram pictures that included homemade friendship bracelets, temporary peace sign tattoos, sweaty neon crop tops, and a lot of bug juice in the woods. Well, I decided to double down again this year and attend what is now an official entity: Camp No Counselors.
Here’s a little taste of what happened at camp last time. Unfortunately, I’m currently sitting in the woods trying to live down either the shame or awesomeness of last night’s talent show performance, so I can’t give you the full details just yet on what transpired over this holiday weekend.
But I can tell you that trail mix was involved. Because in addition to a few bottles of rose, and a Sam’s Club sized container of Airheads, I also managed to pack my new favorite healthy snack food, designed specifically for the CNC festivities.
The camp food last year contained a lot of American cheese and nostalgia packed into every sesame hamburger bun and hard taco shell. The kitchen staff were total champs about accommodating my gluten-allergy and made sure to have specially wrapped sausage egg and cheese sandwiches in the morning with my name on them (literally). But after 5 meals in a row of booze and meat sweats, I was ready for some serious detox fiber-rich fare.
As you know, I get extremely anxious when I don’t know where my next meal is coming from, so I always travel with some gluten-free snacks. This year I was prepared with something especially healthy. The inspiration for this healthy trail mix recipe came from these cashews and this tropical snack. I used raw honey, a hint of cinnamon, and just a handful of dark chocolate chips for my naughty bunkmates (i.e. Charlie) who like to pick out the candy from the mix of nuts and seeds. Continue reading