Trying to stay healthy while heading to the beach? Avoid those greasy, seaside food huts. More than likely, they are stocked with overpriced, far-from-nutritious snacks that will leave you feeling bloated and tired.
It's worth it to do a little prep work and have a snack pack full of yummy, healthy goodies to keep you satiated and energized during your fun-filled beach day. After all, you are what you eat. Enjoy this list of nourishing, delicious, beach-friendly snacks to make before hitting the sand.
1.) Kale Chips: Attention all you salt fiends out there (and you know who you are!) Try replacing salty snacks (like greasy chips) with baked kale chips and say goodbye to bloating. You can easily make these at home in 15 minutes. Tear some kale leaves into bite size pieces and toss them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Top them with olive oil, sea salt and pepper, and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
2.) Berries w/ Honey: This is the perfect refreshing snack for a warm day at the beach. Toss together a mixture of your favorite berries and a dash of raw honey for a sweet, quenching treat.
3.) Mango Salsa: Another delicious snack to make at home, and all you need is these five ingredients. Chop up a couple mangos, an onion, one or two jalapenos (depending on how hot you like it), a handful of cilantro and a squirt of lime juice. Voila! You now have the perfect dip for veggies.
4.) Cucumbers: Speaking of veggies, cucumbers are a delicious alternative to tortilla chips, especially to enjoy with the aforementioned mango salsa. This cooling snack will help quench your thirst after dipping in the ocean and rolling around in the sand. Slice them up, toss them in a baggie and you’re ready to go!
5.) Homemade Trail Mix: Too often, trail mixes are filled with so many unhealthy ingredients that it's hard to claim it as a good choice for a snack. Instead, opt to make your own to control what you’re putting in your body. Grab any assortment of unsalted nuts you like, a little bit of dried fruit and maybe even a sprinkle of dark chocolate chips. Don't get too carried away with the chocolate, remember they'll melt quickly.
6.) Nut Butter: Nut butters are a convenient snack to take to the beach and contain healthy fats which help keep you satiated and bloat free. They also pair deliciously with fruit and veggies.
7.) Fruit Kabob: This is a fun way to bring some fruit to the beach! Cut up all your favorite kinds of fruit into square pieces and place them on a kabob skewer. Watermelon, pineapple, kiwi, berries, mango, cantaloupe, and grapes are all fun, healthy choices.
8.) Baked Sweet Potatoes: Pre-bake a couple sweet potatoes and throw them in a tupperware for the road. These are great to have at the beach, especially if you are in for an active day. The healthy carbs will keep you full and energized, plus they travel well and taste delish!
9.) Hard Boiled Eggs: These hold up well at the beach and are great for filling up with healthy fats and protein. If you're looking for a snack to help avoid swelling up like a balloon and feeling sluggish, hard boiled eggs are a great go to.
10.) Beef Jerky: Beef jerky is easy as can be and the perfect source of protein when you're heading to the sand and waves. Plus, it will fill you up and keep you from having to refuel every half hour. Opt for grass-fed and grass-finished to ensure the highest, healthiest quality.
11.) Homemade Energy Bars: Combine nuts, dates and cocoa powder in a food processor, press it into a bar pan and let it set in the fridge until you're ready to head to the beach. It's that simple. That way, you know exactly what's in your bars and you won't have to worry about any unwanted and unhealthy ingredients.
Let us know your favorite, healthy, beach day snacks!