Summer means lots of time outside in the sun, away from your kitchen. At some point, you’ll probably find yourself at the beach showing off all the hard work you’ve put in to get into swimsuit shape. After all your dedication and hard work, it can be easy to succumb to unhealthy beachside snacking. But you don’t have to undo all the hard work you’ve put in or feel deprived. Instead of grabbing the usual unhealthy culprits from the concession stand, bring some of these tasty and healthy treats with you that will keep you looking and feeling great all summer long.
1. Apple slices and almond butter
If you need something sweet and savory, cut some apples and bring some almond butter with you to dip. Fresh nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins and healthy fats balance out for a complete snack. You’ll feel full and energized, rather than weighed down and sluggish. This snack will stave off hunger until you get back from the beach and can cook a meal. Look for raw, unsalted and/or unsweetened almond butter to keep it healthy.
2. Vegetable sticks and hummus
If you’re looking for something with a bit of crunch or something you can dip, try veggie sticks and hummus. Carrots or celery sticks provide you with lots of vitamins and nutrients, and are low in calories, so you get the crunch you need without loading up on greasy fries. Hummus provides a healthy fat made from chickpeas and olive oil that you can feel good about dipping your vegetables into.
3. Frozen bananas
If you want a creamy, frozen treat and have a super cold cooler by the beach, try bringing frozen bananas. Frozen bananas help you replenish your electrolytes after sweating in the sun all day and are also sweetened to satisfy any sweet ice cream cravings. Peel them first and store them in an airtight container, so you can just grab a banana from the cooler and cool down with your cool, frozen treat.
4. Coconut water
To rehydrate and rejuvenate, try coconut water instead of soda or sports drinks. Coconut water is naturally sweetened with no added sugar and contains electrolytes, just like a sports drink, to rehydrate you faster after a long day in the sun. Coconut water also has fewer calories per serving than most sodas and sports drinks, with no artificial colors or sweeteners, making it healthier.
5. Brown rice sushi with avocado, carrots and cucumbers
If you need a beach meal on the go, skip the burger and fries and consider grabbing or making some brown rice sushi to take with you. Skip the fish and stick with vegetables to make sure it doesn’t spoil in the heat. Look for brown rice, healthy avocado fats and fresh vegetables for extra crunch and vitamins. The combination of whole grains, healthy fats, and protein helps make this a healthy, filling meal that’s easy to store and eat on the beach.