There is nothing quite like spending a relaxing summer day at the beach with your friends and family. However, the hot sun and salty ocean water can combine to take a toll on your body. I have found that packing a perfect healthy beach picnic cooler can help my family stay better hydrated and fueled throughout our day at the beach. Here is how I pack a healthy beach picnic cooler that every member of my family loves.
Packing A Healthy Beach Picnic Cooler: Pack Plenty Of Water
The most important thing to pack in your beach picnic cooler is water. Drinking plenty of water before and after your trip to the beach will prevent dehydration which causes headaches and other negative side effects. Avoid packing alcohol and sodas as both can dehydrate your family and ruin their beach fun.
If you have a hard time convincing your kids to drink plain water you can pack bottled water drink packets to flavor your children’s water and encourage them to drink more.
Packing A Healthy Beach Picnic Cooler: Healthy Sandwiches
When packing a beach picnic lunch for my family I try to include healthy sandwiches. Sandwiches that have lots of vegetables on them not only provide extra vitamins they also provide extra water to my family’s bodies. The best part is that the sandwiches taste better when stacked with lettuce and tomatoes. To make the sandwiches easier to eat at the beach I wrap them in a paper towel before placing them in a Ziploc bag that is placed inside a Tupperware container. Then when my family wants to eat their sandwich it is ready to go.
Packing A Healthy Beach Picnic Cooler: Healthy Beach Friendly Snacks
It is important to avoid packing salty and unhealthy snacks at the beach. Salt is very dehydrating and not very appetizing when you have been swimming in salt all day. Instead pack healthy snack options. Fresh melons such as watermelon and cantaloupe are delicious at the beach. Cut up pieces of melon and place them in your Tupperware containers for easy beach snacking.
Vegetables such as cucumbers and green bell pepper strips are awesome for snacking on the beach. They also make great chip alternatives when dipped into hummus. Plus both vegetables have high moisture content. If you crave chips at the beach, Triscuit crackers are delicious when stacked with random veggies and hummus and can help fight that craving.
Packing A Healthy Beach Picnic Cooler: Assembling Your Cooler
Once you have decided on the drinks and food you will be packing in your healthy beach picnic cooler it is important to pack your cooler correctly. Packing your foods in Tupperware containers prevents the ice from smooshing your foods and also helps keep them dry. Sandwiches and other foods that will only be accessed once should be placed on the bottom of the cooler followed by snacks. Drinks will be needed more often so they should be placed at the top of the cooler. Add your ice slowly and layer it rather than placing it on top of the pile.
A healthy beach picnic will keep your family fueled and happy throughout the day. If you follow these simple tips you will have a successful and stress free day at the beach.