Trail Snacks: Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cookies

While you are out on a trail you need energy! Particularly, on a long hike you don’t want to be left feeling sluggish.  I have a few easy to carry snack suggestions that I wouldn’t be caught without while on a trail.

One of my favorite trail snacks are protein cookies.  I adapted my own recipe for protein cookies after a much loved double chocolate chip cookie recipe.  They’re easy, and they’re filling, and they’re fantastic! I will always have a couple in my backpack to keep me energized for my adventures.

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1 Cup Peanut Butter

1 Cup Protein Powder- I used Chocolate

3 eggs

2 Cups oats

1 ripe banana

¼ cup chia seeds

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 cup coconut

½ – 1 Cup chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 Minutes

Make approximately two dozen cookies

Try the recipe for yourself! Let us know how it turned out in the comments, stay tuned for more trail snack suggestions!

 

White Butte Trails on Victoria Day

With Victoria Day on Monday turning out to be such a beautiful day I decided I would take the opportunity to get out on some trails. I chose White Butte Trails as it’s a short twenty-minute drive from Regina. – I highly recommend taking the back roads off of McDonald Street to get here with the construction on the Trans Canada Highway getting here can be a little tricky.

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We set out on this trail shortly after noon and we were welcomed with warm weather with a few clouds to make for great hiking weather. This trail is great for biking, hiking, or even strollers. I was incredibly impressed with the wide ski trails making it very easy to push my chariot along the trails.

 

We completed a little over 8km of the trail starting from the trail head to marker 15. We saw several deer, and various bird species while on our travels.  Something I noticed on the walk was how many birdhouses were along the trail; I found five!

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This is a beautiful trail offering a beautiful walk through birch trees and a spectacular view of the Saskatchewan marsh.

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There were stunning views of a small creek among the Saskatchewan prairie’s. I loved the beautiful contrast of colours from the terrain.

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We did pick up a few ticks while out on the trail.  I recommend visiting the SaskHiker’s blog for some great information and tips on tick prevention.

I would highly recommend this four season trail. It offers something for every trail enthusiast. The picnic areas would also make for a great family outing or rest stop. The wide, well groomed trails make it easy for hikers, bikers, and those out walking alike.

 

ELBOW TRAIL IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

On May 13, a grand opening ceremony was held for Elbow Trail. The trail system will provide the people of Elbow and its surrounding communities, as well as visitors to Lake Diefenbaker, with an excellent natural surface, environmentally-friendly trail system that is safe for beginner and intermediate hikers, cyclists, cross-country skiers and snowshoe trail users.

 

The STA proudly supported the development of Elbow Trail through our Charitable Status Program. Through this program, fundraising assistance is available by allowing donations to be made to a project through the STA. Nearly $200,000 was raised for the Elbow Trail project.

 

Congratulations to the Friends of the Elbow Trail committee for its dedication in seeing this project through. Thanks to all the volunteers for your hard work and dedication. Thank you, as well, to the project donors. Through all your contributions, you have helped make this trail a reality.

 

_Photo courtesy of Carlie Letts_

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Celebrate Saskatchewan and International Trails Day on June 3rd

Every day is a great day for a trail, but join us June 3, 2017 to celebrate Saskatchewan Trails Day, held in conjunction with International Trails Day. The Saskatchewan Trails Association is encouraging people to find their path on Trails Day. This is an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the beautiful trails in our province. In addition to a wonderful time, trails promote healthy living, economic development, tourism, and environmental preservation.

Go have an adventure, and discover the beauty of the Saskatchewan trails. Bring your family, a friend, or have your own personal adventure. When you are out on the trails, we encourage you to share your experience with us using #SaskTrailsDay.   You can follow us and our experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also participate in our social media contest by sharing your pictures and experiences using the hashtag. To help you plan your adventure visit: www.sasktrails.ca – here you can find all the great tools to help assist you in your planning.

Five ways you could celebrate Saskatchewan Trails Day

1.   Try a new trail

You can visit the www.sasktrails.ca to find out more information about trails and activities you can do in your area. You can also visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more great information about trails.

2.  Introduce a friend to your favorite trail or to hiking

Share your love for nature and hiking in Saskatchewan with your friends! Being outside and being active with a friend is a great way to spend Saskatchewan Trail Day (or any Saturday!)

3.  Share your favourite trail photos with us #SaskTrailsDay

Share your experience on Saskatchewan Trail Day or any past experiences with us. Your pictures could be featured on our page and you could win great prizes!

4.  Become a Saskatchewan Trails Association member

Memberships are available for as little as $25 per year for an individual. STA members have accesses to trail funding and other resources, and can also attend and vote at meetings of members.

5.  Donate to Saskatchewan Trails Association

The Saskatchewan Trail Association accepts individual and corporate donations for communities, or to the trail of your choice, to help support trail development and maintenance programs in Saskatchewan.

TCT awarding grants for The Great Trail connection celebrations (Deadline Extended)

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In 2017, the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) has reached its goal of achieving country-wide connection of The Great Trail. Since 1992, TCT has been working with donors, partners, governments, landowners and volunteers to create an epic trail of trails offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on greenways, waterways and roadways.

A grand celebration to mark the occasion is being held on Aug. 26, 2017, and the TCT is handing out some grants to help groups across the country put on some unforgettable events.

Eligible Canadian trail groups, partners or municipalities may apply for a grant from TCT to host a connection celebration. TCT will support event grant requests in the amount of $1,500. Applications will be accepted until May 19, 2017.

Who is eligible?

  • Local trail organizations who either build, manage or operate sections of The Great Trail (groups who solely use the Trail will not be considered).
  • Municipalities that either build, manage or operate sections of The Great Trail (municipalities that border the Trail but have no responsibility for their section of The Great Trail will not be considered).
  • Groups on the main spine and groups on the spur trails linking to The Great Trail are considered eligible to apply.

To apply or get more information, visit TheGreatTrail.ca/Celebrations.

Michael Hornick donates $1,000 to the STA

We would like to thank Michael Hornick for his $1,000 donation to the Saskatchewan Trails Association in memory of Bill Hornick. The money will support the development of Elbow Trail.

In making his donation, Hornick becomes our second Trail Ranger, a classification of donors who give between $1,000 and $4,999.

For more information on ways you can support the STA, click here to visit our Get Involved page.