Recipe of the Month

Although Spring is right around the corner, winter does not seem to want to let up her grasp just yet. Snow continues to fall, blanketing the ground. This does not mean that outdoor fun is impossible! Rather than moping that grass isn’t yet seen on the ground, why not consider a late winter snowshoe?

There are a few practical things to keep in mind when heading out to snowshoe. First, make sure that you know the topography of the location in which you will be snowshoeing. Is it steep? Are there bodies of water? What about streams? Is it close to roads? Knowing the terrain ahead of time can help with preparation. Also consider the weather forecast. It is not unusual for temperatures to change over 20 degrees over the course of a late winter day, or for snow squalls to pop up seemingly out of nowhere. As such, make sure that you wear layered clothing, preferably choosing moisture-wicking fabrics so that you can remain dry and warm. Don’t forget your feet! Warm and dry feet are happy feet! Also, even though it’s still winter, the sun can still give you a sunburn! Remember to apply sunscreen to any exposed skin, and to bring some glasses so that you don’t become blinded by the glare of the sun on the snow. Hydration is also key, so make sure to bring enough water, and, if you want a nice treat on the trails, hot chocolate in a thermos is another good idea.

When you are snowshoeing, take time to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Look for animal tracks, and see if you can identify the type of animal that made those tracks. Take pictures of them, and bring them to John in the office – he will likely be able to tell you if you were correct in what you thought! Get lots of good exercise, and enjoy the fresh air. You will be glad that you did!

Homemade Hot Chocolate: Vegan and non-vegan


1. Add milk to a large mug and microwave for 1 minute. Alternatively, add to a saucepan over medium heat.

2. Once milk is warm, add cocoa powder, chocolate and sweetener and whisk to combine.

3. Put back in microwave or continue cooking on stovetop until completely combined and has reached your preferred temperature.

4. Taste and adjust sweetness as needed, then pour into thermos for hiking!

*Recipe adapted from Minimalist Baker

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or regular milk
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 T dairy-free semisweet chocolate (either chips or chopped)
  • 1 T sweetener (honey, stevia, sugar, agave, etc.)
  • 1/8 tsp peppermint extract (optional, but good!)

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    Marybeth Mitcham
    Nutrition, Food Safety, and Healthy Living Educator
    518-623-3291 or 668-4881

    Last updated March 11, 2019