La Crosse Nature Guide

A one-stop resource of outdoor places for nature connections in La Crosse County

Got Snacks?

Updated: Mar 11, 2019

Outdoor recreation is an excellent way to incorporate and engage the entire family. One recreation that is a great way to get kids connected to the environment is hiking. The Coulee Region offers a wide variety of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty. Keeping the kiddos energized and motivated on the hike is key! Trying to wrangle all the kids together is a big enough task as is, so worrying about what snacks to bring can just add to the stress. Check out the list below for easy kid-friendly nutritious trail snacks.

- Mini P&J Sandwiches: Peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter) sandwiches on whole wheat bread are a great way to booster energy for hiking. Cut sandwiches into smaller shapes, so the kiddos can grab and eat as they walk.

- Mini Muffins or Slices of Banana Bread: These are lightweight and easy to eat on the go! Here is a recipe for a simple banana bread that uses whole wheat flour and honey -

- Fresh Cut Fruit: This is a great option if you are planning to be out on the trails for three hours or less.

- Veggie Sticks: Slice carrots, celery and peppers into sticks. Toss in fresh sugar snap peas too.

- Lara Bars: Running short on time to pack? Lara Bars are a fruit and nut bar that typically contain only nuts and dried fruit.

- Dried Fruit: Another great option to have in your pantry for a last-minute hiking trip. Try to find dried fruit without added sugar.

- Trail Mix: Combine dried cranberries, nuts, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds and banana chips for the perfect snack.

- Fruit Leather: Easy to pack and eat while out on the trails.

- No bake energy balls: Here are two easy recipes to try -

Also, don’t forget to pack plenty of water!

This creation of this Guidebook was a collaborative effort, led by the Nature Connections program of the La Crosse County Health Department. The program is currently funded by Mayo Clinic Health System and the Paul E. Stry Foundation. Thank you to the following organizations for their support:

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