Healthy doesn’t mean boring bland salads, or mind-numbing workouts you hate. Health is about finding something that gets you super pumped and excited about your overall wellness. I’m a holistic nutritionist that loves taking the ordinary, and making it kick a$$! It’s time to get creative, step outside the box, and discover your own way to thrive. My mission is to help you find that path.
Sharing snacks and soaking up the sun are two of my favorite summer pastimes. This is the time of year when you pack up your essentials, and head to the beach with your favorite people for a day of relaxation and bliss. If you’re anything like me, snacks are an essential when it comes to a beach day, and I mean business. You need to be strategic with the foods that you choose, I have three rules when it comes to beach snacks:
- They can’t make you feel bloated (who wants that, when you’re in swimsuit?!)
- They need to be fresh
- They need to serve a purpose; are they hydrating, satisfying and or energizing?
If they meet all three rules, they’ll generally make it into my beach bag. Here are my top five foods you’ll want to stash in your beach bag.
It’s time to break out the melons. Watermelon is a great snack for the beach. It’s hydrating which will be great for helping to control body temperature, and full of vitamin C and lycopene, two powerful antioxidants that are great for cellular repair and rejuvenation... now this definitely can’t hurt when you’re soaking up the rays. Watermelon is super portable and very easy to clean up, just toss out the rind and you’re good to go. Just make sure to cut it ahead of time, to save yourself a messy, sandy situation. P.S. Don’t forget the napkins.
2. Hummus and Veggies
When I dip, you dip. One of my all-time favorite snacks. This snack is super portable and packs a nutrient punch. Not only are you consuming a wide variety of naturally occurring micro and macronutrients from your fresh veggie selection, you’ll also be getting a great source of fiber and protein from the hummus. This snack will help keep you fuller for longer and provide you with sustained energy so you can get the most out of your beach day. Check out my favorite hummus recipe for a quick and easy snack.
3. Make your own trail mix
Everyone loves to casually snack and munch while they’re socializing. Now’s your chance take control of the snacks and create your own healthy version of trail mix. Trail mix is an awesome snack for the beach since its super portable and very nutrient dense. Since you’ll most likely be using various nuts and seeds in your blend, your mix will be a great source of protein, fats and fiber. Not only do I love adding in various nuts and seeds, I also love adding in superfruits like goji berries and golden berries. I would suggest adding in a chopped up Vega® Maca Chocolate Bar...however I’ve made this mistake once before, and never again. WARNING: The chocolate will melt.
When you’re pulling a full shift at the beach, sometimes you need something a little more substantial than just snacks. This is where the sandwich comes in. One of my favorite sandwiches of all time is this Vegan Tuna Salad. Slap it between your favorite sprouted grain or gluten-free bread and you’re in for a real treat. If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter wrap your favorite fixings with collard greens or your favorite leafy green.
5. Protein Balls
Move aside cookies, there’s a new healthier more nutrient dense kid on the block. One of my favorite beach time treats is protein balls. These tasty morsels of goodness are super easy to make packed with protein, fiber, Omega-3s and just might create a line-up from your beach basket to the parking lot of hungry beachgoers.