My family loves heading out to the beach every summer. One of my favorite parts of these trips is packing up an assortment of delicious snacks to enjoy while we sit with our toes in the sand. With a little advance planning you can be assured that your cooler will be loaded up with lots of delicious, refreshing, healthy snacks.

I like to load up our cooler with a few bags full of reusable ice. It’s a great, eco-friendly way to keep your food cool while minimizing messes. Then I pile in our water bottles to make sure we stay nice and hydrated for a day of fun in the sun.

When it comes to snacks, I like to have a good mix of sweet and salty options. I always include fresh fruit (watermelon, pineapple, grapes, apples and berries are especially good), veggies with dip (bonus points if the dip is made with Stonyfield Greek yogurt!), and chips, popcorn, or pretzels. I love bringing the types of veggies you find on a crudité platter– carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, etc.

For longer beach days, my husband makes egg salad for sandwiches. His grandparents always made it for him as a kid when they went to the beach, so it’s nostalgic for him. So we bring a container of egg salad and several pieces of bread with us. The sandwiches can be a little messy though, so I came up with “egg salad tacos”– we fill the center of one piece of bread with egg salad, fold it up like a taco and eat it one-handed. It’s a much easier way to enjoy it on the beach. Plus, tacos are fun!

snacks for the beachI always keep a stash of Stonyfield YoKids Squeezers in the freezer, and they’re great for beach days. They’re the perfect “special treat” for my 3-year-old. I call them “frozen yogurt popsicles”, and he’s always beyond thrilled when he gets to eat one. And I can feel good about giving them to him, because they aren’t full of artificial ingredients or GMOs. When we pack them up for the beach, they stay nice and frozen in the cooler for a little while, or if he waits until later to eat them, they turn back into yogurt. He thinks it’s pretty magical.

Speaking of magic, for our last beach trip, I wanted to make something extra special for us to snack on. I called them “frozen grape magic wands”, and they were a huge hit. Back in college, I discovered that frozen grapes made a delicious summertime snack. They’re so cold and refreshing, and the texture they take on once frozen is really interesting. So with that in mind, I took some mini skewers and threaded 6 grapes onto each. I put them in a container and froze them overnight. When we were ready to go to the beach the next day, I popped them in the cooler with the rest of our snacks and we were on our way! 

I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to keep beach time snacking fun!