Today, I have a special Recession Food Tip brought to you by Nick Vincelette, who made a name for himself as a Rhode Island College undergrad by never eating at our cafeteria, but instead travelling with "mini meals" in tupperware containers and whipping them out at the weirdest times (such as Presidential Election Class).

Hence his should-be AOL IM name, MiniMealMan.

Nick calls his creation: "Recession Omega-3/Potassium Mix"

He explains over AIM: "If you buy nuts in bulk like at Trader Joes or Whole Foods, you can make your own [cheaper] trail mixes for healthy omega-3 filled snacks to hold you over until your next [mini]meal"

Wow, Nick! How insightful! Here's his recipe:

  • One pound of raw, unsalted cashews 4.99
  • One pound of unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts 2.19
  • One and a half pounds of Thompson seedless raisins 2.99
  • One pound of butter-toffee peanuts 3.29
  • Handful of Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Handful of Sesame Sticks
  • Yogurt covered raisins or craisins, if you desire
Mix in a large plastic ziplock bag until it is in the nut to fruit/chocolate ratio you like, and store in a large plastic container at your desk, or as I prefer, the freezer.

One of my weird habits is eating trail mix cold, I find it better that way; almost eating frozen Snickers and and Milky Way bars.

The mix should last about 1 and a half to 2 weeks.

---Or, for the rest of us non mini mealers, a lot longer than 2 weeks.

Thanks, Nick! Hope to have your tips on here again soon!

(and yes, I do believe he's single, ladies! Road trip to RI? Facebook him!)


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