Beach season is starting and its time to pack those coolers and avoid the snack bars at the beach. With a little planning, you can cut your calorie intake and keep looking great in your bikini!
(By the way, I took this photo from my hotel room window this morning......and then I woke up :)
You CAN do better than the dreaded snack bar! It just takes a little motivation and planning. Be aware that sandwiches tend to get soggy at the beach, so it is probably a better idea to pack crackers.
- Watermelon and Cantaloupe - just cut these lovely melons into chunks, toss them into a plastic container, and you have a refreshing vitamin and water filled snack (for very few calories)
- Grapes - freeze these in a bag before you go to the beach and you will keep your cooler cold and keep away from the popsicles at the snack bar
- Cheese and Crackers and/or Cheese Sticks - bring some whole grain crackers like Triscuits and your favorite cheese (make sure you keep it cold).
- Pretzels - take a little jar of mustard and dip these salty treats for a great snack that will stop you from buying a hot dog (which do you like better? the hot dog or the mustard?)
You can also bring a small jar of peanut butter for dipping your crackers or pretzels. And, don't forget to freeze some plastic water bottles to use to keep your food cold. This way, you can get an ice cold drink!
The best way to plan for snacks at the beach is to keep your snacks in one place - like a small grocery bag - so you can just toss them in the car. Also, a cooler is an essential part of avoiding the snack bar. Below, I have featured a small personal cooler from Amazon.com. I found one at the Salvation Army that I loved and used for years.
What do you take to the beach?