5 Healthy Beach Snacks (so you don’t reach for potato chips)

Planning a trip to the beach? Don't pack potato chips! Check out these 5 Healthy Beach Snacks that you can pack instead (from www.drugstoredivas.net).I love the beach. We live close to it so we’re able to go as often as we want. Actually, we just got back from it. As we were there today, I started thinking about snacks. Personally, we bring snacks that are as healthy as possible, but I know people who just grab potato chips because it’s an easy option. You can use the excuse that you’re on vacation, I guess, but so often we go to the beach when we’re not on vacation so that doesn’t work for us. If it doesn’t work for you, or if you just want to be conscious of what you’re eating, I put together a list of 5 healthy beach snacks.

5 Healthy Beach Snacks (so you don’t reach for potato chips)

Edamame
This is my favorite beach snack. We will buy a frozen bag and take it out when we are packing for the beach. We will leave it in a plastic bag (instead of putting it in the cooler with our drinks) when we pack. And, by the time we are ready to snack, the edamame have thawed to the point where they are perfect to snack on. They’re delicious and addicting — and packed with soy and protein so they’re good for you. Plus, that separate plastic bag you packed these in can double as a garbage for the shells.

Vegetables
Cut vegetables are such a great way to snack at the beach. Peel and cut carrots, cut up some celery, and you’re good to go. You’ll get the same crunch that you would from potato chips, but without all the grease and unwanted garbage. You can bring a dip for these, if you really need, but I really like vegetables plain. They have a good taste and you don’t have to think about unwanted calories.

Cheese and crackers
This is one of my favorite snacks in general. Buy some crackers, put some cheese in your cooler, and snack when you’re hungry. You can cut a block of cheese the night before the beach and just drop it in a reusable container that you can grab when you’re walking out the door. If you want to make it even simpler, you can pack cheese singles. Just fold them into fours when you get to the beach and there’s no night before prep.

Fruit
Fruit is such a hit any time we go to the beach. It’s so hot out and my body just craves the water that’s in fruit. You can chop up some watermelon, pack a bunch of grapes, toss an apple in a bag, whatever is easiest and most delicious for you. If you do decide to chop your apples or pears (or similar) the night before, sprinkle the slices with a bit of lemon juice before you put them in the fridge. It will help to keep the cut fruit from discoloring during the night.

Popcorn
If I make popcorn at home, it’s never out of a microwavable bag. I always use the kernels and pop it myself. That way, you can really make sure it’s healthy. Don’t add butter and salt and this is a great beach snack. You’ll get the same sensation of popping potato chips into your mouth, but none of the bad stuff that comes along with them.

What healthy beach snacks are your favorite?

15 Comments

  1. Pamela J Smith

    July 18, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Great ideas! Thanks for the tips! We are going to the lake in a couple of weeks and these will be perfect!

  2. Seana Turner

    July 19, 2016 at 8:41 am

    I never thought of bringing edamame to the beach, but how delicious! The beach is the last place you want to be filling up on fattening stuff anyway, since you are sitting there in a bathing suit:) I remember bringing pretzels, since they are pretty durable, plenty of water and sometimes nuts. (visiting from #Brag About It)

  3. April Hammond

    July 19, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    What a great list of snacks to take to the beach! My first date with my husband was a picnic on the beach at midnight. We had cheese and crackers. He fed them to me. We then danced without music and chased each other on the beach. We take the same picnic every year on the same day.

  4. Mother of 3

    July 19, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Great snack ideas. I tend to bring rice cakes; the mini flavored ones.

  5. Emily

    July 21, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I’ve never tried edamame. I’ll have to look for it. We live near the beach too. I also like bringing fruit, granola bars, and plenty of water.

  6. Sophie Mei Lan

    July 21, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Soma yummy ideas thank u! I love taking boiled eggs!

  7. Sandra Garth

    July 22, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    It’s doubtful that a trip to the beach is in my future but these snack ideas are great anytime. Thanks for joining us at Celebrate Your Story and don’t forget the sunscreen!

  8. Kathleen Lovlie

    July 22, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Excellent ideas, with lots of water. I always forget to take extra small towels for faces. I remember when I come out of the water all wet and only sandy beach towels are available.
    Thanks for all the healthy ideas!

  9. Ashley Tukiainen

    July 23, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    A girl after my own heart! I always bring fruits and veg with me when I go to the beach. I also once found edamame crisps which were awesome….sadly for me, the seagulls liked them too.

  10. Vanessa

    July 24, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    Great healthy beach snacks. I love to pop my own popcorn, it’s so much better for you. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Michelle

    July 24, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    Great list! We love to snack at the pool and try to keep it healthy. Never thought of popcorn but great idea!
    Thanks!
    Michelle

  12. Julie Briggs

    July 25, 2016 at 2:56 am

    All good suggestions – thank you for sharing.

  13. Katie

    July 25, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    Yum NEVER would have thought of the edamame, brilliant!

  14. Linda Primmer

    July 27, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Thanks for sharing your great tips. Those kiddos will appreciate some healthy snacks, along with adults.

  15. Ashleigh

    July 28, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    These go great with the sand that always seems to get in my beach lunches! ; )

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