Packing food for a picnic in the park is pretty easy. But when your picnic happens to be on the beach, there’s a new set of rules and a few more factors to consider before filling your basket or cooler.
For starters, we will share our Top 5 beach items. It’s totally obvious, but no matter how hard you plan and how many precautions you take, it inevitably ends up everywhere. Including your sandwich. There’s also the wind — the beach can be breezy. That means that sand and salt swirl around, attaching themselves to anything that’s remotely sticky, wet, or, let’s face it, edible.
Keep that in mind the next time you’re packing up for a day at the beach, and remember that even when you have a cooler, some foods hold up better than others. Of course you can always pack the basics, like crackers, chips, nuts, and dried fruit, but it’s good to have something a little more substantial.
1. Banana and Nutella Greek Yogurt Bark
When the 3 p.m. beach hunger strikes, you want a snack that will fill you up without bloating your beach bod. With this treat, you can have it all — sweetness from the bananas and Nutella, combined with the healthy properties of Greek yogurt.
A cup of halved strawberries offers 3 grams of fiber and about 50 calories. You’ll also get more than a full day’s recommended dose of vitamin C—an antioxidant that helps keep your skin looking younger.
You’ll get 5 grams of fiber (and 177 calories) in a cup of cooked corn. Or in a large ear of corn, 3 grams and 127 calories. Like zucchini, corn provides the eye-health phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin.
4. Lettuce wraps
These may seem overly complicated, but this is our suggestion in lieu of a salad. Wrap up some chopped vegetables or other components in big, over sized leaves of iceberg lettuce. Then wrap in foil, so you can just peel it back and eat.
5. Mimosa Smoothies
Your favorite cocktail isn’t just for Sunday brunch anymore. Make it beachworthy by blending it with frozen fruit instead of ice (add pineapple to make it #tropical). Put it in a thermos to keep it cool, and sip all day long.