The sun, the seafoam, the soft, warm sand—those halcyon summer days are finally back. But all that swimming, sunning, and running around works up an appetite, so you need to come to the beach prepared!
Beach snacks should meet a few crucial criteria: They’ve got to be quick and easy, healthy, refreshing, portable and—let’s be real—anti-bloating, because everyone wants to feel good rocking a bikini.
Certain ingredients were made for this. High-potassium foods such as bananas can offset sodium that causes bloating. Water-rich foods like cucumbers are hydrating, as well as helpful for cleansing the body of sodium. Nuts can restore energy that the sun sucks up, and fresh herbs are infused with antioxidants that fight free radicals and protect the skin.
With these recipes, snack ideas and tips, a day at the beach will be as easy-breezy as it should be.
These finger foods are substantial, packed with nutritious vegetables (carrot, radish, avocado, lettuce), protein and fresh herbs. Plus, they're extremely light without compromising on flavor.
This recipe uses a type of alkaline seaweed called wakame, so this dish basically has the beach in its DNA. Combined with hydrating cucumber, it couldn’t be more perfect. Pack individual servings in compostable paper snack.
Another refreshing dish with plenty of vegetables and herbs. It’s gluten-free, too. Pack this in compostable paper snack bags as well.
Cucumber Cream Cheese Sandwiches
Thin slices of fresh cucumber on a spread of cream cheese between two slices of sprouted grain bread is a light, yummy snack. Cut them into finger sandwich-sized portions.
Peanut Butter And Banana Sandwiches
Energizing peanut butter and banana combine to create the most harmonious fun-in-the-sun snack. It’s ideal for kids who are not so into cucumber or kelp noodles, and super easy for them to make on their own.
This recipe couldn’t be easier. There’s no guilt at all in eating a pound of these healthy “chips.”
Homemade Trail Mix
Fresh fruit evokes that sweet summer feeling. Choose any seasonal summer fruit that you like, such as blueberries, asian pears, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew, strawberries or peaches. To give it an added dimension, dissolve some raw honey into fresh lime (also in season) juice and sprinkle it on to make a fruit salad in a pinch.
This sugar-free "candy" has a Moroccan vibe to it. Sweetened with dates, walnut and sesame round out the flavor, with floral orange blossom water giving it a fragrant decadence.
Hydration is essential under the sun. Coco Hydro packets can turn plain old water into a beachy beverage with five essential electrolytes and vitamins and minerals galore. Just empty a packet into a bottle of water, shake, shake, shake, and stay cool forever.
Photo credit: Paul Delmont