Heading to the beach? There’s no doubt your child will get hungry and have the munchies. Snag my list of healthy beach snacks so you keep your child energized and well fed at the beach.
Every year, at about this time, I start to get questions about healthy beach snacks. I live on the East Coast, and beaches and summer, well, they go together.
For years, we’ve trekked to the beach for our annual vacation. Mornings filled with coffee, sunscreen and packing lunch and snacks are the norm.
If you’ve been reading along over the years, you know that I loosen up the food routine quite a bit on vacation and at the beach.
You’ll find white bread, Cocoa Puffs, potato chips, and Oreos in my vacation kitchen, along with fresh produce from the local farm stand and fish from the fishmonger.
In this article, you’ll learn:
- Why it’s a good idea to have healthy beach snacks on hand
- What makes beach snack healthy
- A list of snack ideas for kids at the beach
Why Kids Need Healthy Beach Snacks
On the beach, kids are in “go” mode. They’re active and the sun can be draining and dehydrating. The point of a healthy beach snack is to keep kids filled up while providing them with the energy they need to swim, run, and build in the sand.
There is nothing worse at the beach than a hot, sweaty, whiny, and hungry child. And, standing in line at a blazing hot concession stand waiting for fried food or sugary snacks can’t be the go to plan each time you head to the shores.
What is a Healthy Beach Snack?
A healthy beach snack will be exciting to eat, nutritious, and filling. Easy to eat, hand-held, and portable are also good things that make snacks on the beach more likely to be eaten.
There are several things to think about when selecting food for the beach.
- Pre-packaged or easy to wrap up so that your snack stays dry and fresh.
- Easily complimented by a piece of fruit or some veggies so that you are striking a nutritious food balance.
- Has a “mini-meal” feel to it.
- Choose foods with some protein content, like nuts or deli meat, so that your child is less likely to have the high sugar meltdowns seen with fruit snacks, cookies, or candy.
If you’re at a loss for how to compose a healthy snack, you can check out the resource below. It cover the ideal composition of snacks to cover hunger, how to offer them, where to serve them, and why kids may need them.
Keep Beach Snacks Fresh
Be sure to pack everything in a cold cooler to avoid food spoiling or melting – and don’t forget your frozen water bottles!
Freezing water bottles overnight make for a great cold drink in the hot sun and also help keep foods cold in the cooler.
Packaged Snack Ideas for the Beach
Ensure a fun-filled and tummy-filled day in the sun with the following snack ideas for the beach:
- Disney Foodles Crunch Packs
- Cliff’s Z Bars with sliced cantaloupe and honeydew melon
- Stretch Island Fruit Leathers (I also like Trader Joe’s) and home-made or Ritz peanut butter crackers
- Sabra to go Hummus & Pretzel Containers
- Single serving bag of Pop Chips or Pirate’s Booty with Fruit Sauce Pouches
- Pre-cut cucumbers and peppers with half a turkey and cheese sandwich
- Peanut Butter and Jelly on a bagel, wrapped in foil
- Ready Pack Bistro Salad Bowls
- Organic raisin mixed with Cheerios and chopped up dried apples
- Banana with a frozen Chobani Kids Chocolate Chip Yogurt
- Trader Joe’s Mini Cheese Sandwich Crackers
- Dole Diced Peaches or Mandarin Oranges
- Fresh Apples with Jif Peanut Butter to Go
- Fresh Pears with Jason’s Honey Almond Butter
- Trader Joe’s Single Serving Kettle Corn Bags
- Container of Deli prepared chicken salad with wheat thins
- Perdue Short Cuts or Grilled Chicken sliced in small pieces with a snack bag of baked chips
- Popcorn! See my review of the healthiest microwave popcorns.
Don’t forget to save room for an ice cream cone on the way home!
Need more snack ideas? I’ve got more for you here!