Healthy Snacks for the Beach
Summer is upon us, which means beach trips and pool days. Typical snacks for your family might include chips, hoagies or waiting for the ice cream cart to come by but they are packed with empty calories and may leave you feeling bloated. We have some healthier and more filling alternatives for you.
Yummy Body Nutrition has put together a list of healthy snacks to fuel you and your family’s day in the sun.
Grab and Go Snacks
Popcorn. If you’re looking for something crunchy and salty, popcorn is a healthy alternative to fried potato chips. Popcorn is a whole grain with about 4 grams of fiber per cup and low in fat. Pop a bunch and toss in your favorite seasoning or buy popped pre-portioned bags to bring in your beach bag.
Cut up fruit. Chilled fruit is a refreshing snack on a hot day. Pack cut-up fruits like cantaloupe, honeydew, pineapple and watermelon. Keep the rind on for a handheld, mess-free treat for kids.
Jerky. Jerky is an excellent source of protein to snack on. It’s portable and has a good shelf life, making it a great on-the-go option.
Granola and Nut Bars. Snack bars can be a delicious, filling snack option. Look for options with a higher fiber content, few added sugars and at least 10 g of protein. Try to stay away from chocolate, which can get messy in the heat.
String Cheese. Pack string cheese to get some calcium in your day. Eaten with a handful of grapes, it’s the perfect combination of salty and sweet.
Hard boiled eggs. Keep some hard-boiled eggs in your cooler for a mid-day protein boost. Add some salt and pepper on them before you leave the house or top with some Everything But the Bagel seasoning for a satisfying snack.
Peanut Butter and Jelly. PB&J is always a fan favorite and is an easy lunch to prep before heading to the beach. Make it on whole wheat bread and maybe add some sliced bananas.
Veggies and Hummus. Chop up bell peppers, carrots, and broccoli, along with individual hummus or guacamole cups. For less mess—wrap everything in whole wheat tortillas for a nutrient-filled lunch.
Finally, staying hydrated in the heat is key. Be sure to pack plenty of fluids, especially water for your family. It’s easy to get dehydrated when spending the day in the heat.
Having a balanced diet can be challenging while balancing summer activities, but making sure to plan ahead and have healthy snacks can help!
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