According to inside sources, Barak Obama has two favorite snacks, and it is believed that these snacks kept him energetic and focused during his years in the White House. One of them is apples, and he always kept a big bowl of them in the Oval Office. But the other one is “trail mix,” something that few people in South America are familiar with.
Trail mix has been around since the early 1900s, and it was originally adopted by hikers and campers; in other words, people who enjoy walking on trails. It is a snack, and always made as a mix. It is ideal because it is easy to store, lightweight, portable, pretty much non-perishable, doesn’t need a refrigerator, easy to make or to buy, nutritious, and provides a serious energy boost from the fats in the nuts and the carbohydrates that are found in the dried fruit.
Trail mix is bite-sized, and it doesn’t usually have any cooked ingredients, although it often has nuts that have been lightly roasted.
A good trail mix will usually contain most of these ingredients, but not all of them:
Almonds, roasted (almonds=amêndoas)
Banana chips, baked
Brazil nuts, roasted
Breakfast cereal, such as granola
Cashew nuts, roasted
Cranberries, driedCrystalized ginger
Orange peel, dried
Pumpkin seeds, roastedRaisins
Shredded coconut, dehydrated
Sunflower seeds, roasted
and, if you like:
Carob chips, which taste a bit like chocolate, but are made from carob powder that comes from carob trees found in the Mediterranean. These chips can be found in natural food stores.
Many people add a few M & M’s, that American chocolate treat, except President Obama ates trail mix with any kind of chocolate, so maybe we should leave them out and remain tall, slim and energetic like Barak Obama. Say no to M & M’s in your trail mix!
I have known Betsy for a long time, and in all these years I have learned so much from her… not just English, but from her vast experience as a teacher and as a person. Being an excellent teacher is not just about knowing your subject perfectly (which is of course the case since English is her first language) but also about loving to learn and to relate to people from all kinds of backgrounds and ages. I had as much fun in her classes as a nerdy Star Wars / Elvis teen fan as I do now as busy working grown up!
Betsy is the best english teacher I’ve ever had! Her classes are always an amazing experience. She guides our conversation with different and interesting topics each day, what allows us not only to improve the vocabulary but also learn/ discuss about other cultures and subjects. I know I’m going to be totally addicted to this blog!
Fui aluna da Betsy há muitos anos atrás em uma escola de idiomas em BH e quando descobri que ela continuava dando aulas, entrei em contato e já agendei meu horário semanal. Até retornar a ser aluna da Betsy, não tinha muita motivação para ir a aulas de inglês, porém, atualmente, digo que estou indo para a minha terapia em inglês. A Betsy é uma pessoa divertidíssima, muito culta e interessada. Sua curiosidade me impressiona. As aulas com ela fluem, abordamos os mais variados assuntos e de uma maneira leve consigo aprimorar meus conhecimentos em inglês e aprender novos vocabulários. Pode acompanhar suas aulas e publicações online vai ser sensacional!
Betsy is a wonderful English teacher! Not only is she a native English speaker, but she is also “antenada” in what’s going on around the globe, enabling all kinds of subjects to be brought to light through very engaging and in-depth discussions, and providing a rich vocabulary, with words and expressions you don’t normally find in your usual English textbooks (and that are only ever mentioned on advanced English classes after years and years of going to the same English school). She is very open-minded and has a great sense of humor, making “convos” interesting and funny. And…Betsy loves cats – she is the best! Love, Carla & Amanda.