Every friend group or family unit has that one responsible person who always gets put in charge of packing a bag for the beach. While it might seem like a burden to have to remember the sunscreen, umbrellas, and beer koozies for your forgetful pals, the appointed packer also has the sweet luxury of choosing the best beach snacks.
Beach snacking isn't all popsicles and funnel cakes, though. With the sand and hot temperatures there to ruin your spread, there's a lot to think about. "Planning ahead is key and mapping out what you want to purchase at the grocery store helps you be prepared," says Melissa Bailey, MS, RD, LDN, a dietitian in Philadelphia. You tend to lose a lot of energy and fluid in the sun, so you'll want to stay away from high-sodium foods, because you'll already require tons of water out in the heat, she says.
Instead, opting for healthy snacks that will last a few hours in the heat, plus keep you full, is the way to go, Bailey says. (Including some frozen water bottles in your tote is another smart way to keep your food cool and ensure you'll have enough cold water, she says.) And, no matter how prepared you are, remember that the beach is meant to be fun, so don’t be too strict on yourself, Bailey says. If the boardwalk burgers and ice cream are calling your name, enjoy them, she says.
So if you're on cooler duty this summer, here are the healthy snacks to add to your cart and haul to the beach. Just please, don't let the seagulls snatch any of these treats.
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