22 Healthy Snacks to Pack in Your Beach Bag on Your Next Sunny Getaway
Even though it's still Winter over here, it doesn't mean we can't anticipate sunny Summer days at the beach. Now there's something about being by the ocean that makes me ravenous. I don't know if it's exhaustion from the heat or from swimming for hours, but if you're enjoying a beach day, snacks are a must! And we all know you didn't work hard for that Summer body just to lounge in the sand eating potato chips and Oreos. Of course, enjoy everything you love in moderation, but if you want to skip the bloat at the beach, there are tons of healthy options you can pick from at the store — no planning or prepping necessary. Here are the top 22 that made the cut.
Trader Joe's Roasted Plantain Chips
Trader Joe's does it again with these. It's the perfect combination of not too sweet and not too salty. Plus, the ingredients are as clean as it gets. Just plantains, sunflower oil, and sea salt. You won't be missing out on potato chips with the crunch these pack.
Siete Nacho Grain Free Tortilla Chips
There's a reason these fly off the shelf and are so hard to find at Whole Foods. They're made from almond flour, so if you are trying to avoid grains or have an intolerance, these are perfect! Siete also makes these in lime and sea salt flavors.
Perfect Bar Dark Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter
For people who love sweets, Perfect Bar is here for you. Not only are they delicious, but they're organic, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and packed with protein. They make the perfect snack for a hot beach day since they're eaten cold.
Health-Ade Kombucha Pink Lady Apple
It's so important to stay hydrated when out in the sun, so skip the soda and try Health-Ade's Kombucha. It has a lot less sugar per serving, but still has the fizz. Plus, your digestive system will thank you for all the probiotics.
Emmy's Organics Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
Emmy's Organics are a great alternative to chocolate chip cookies. They're loaded with healthy fats to keep you feeling full when you're out swimming in the ocean. Who can say no to a sweet little treat?
Trader Joe's Frozen Mango Chunks
If you haven't snacked on frozen mango, then you haven't lived. Trader Joe's may also have just about the best mango out there and its prices can't be beat. If you can bring a cooler with you to the beach, these are a must.
Biena Chickpea Snacks in Barbeque
If you like to munch on crunchy snacks, Biena's roasted chickpeas are a great option. They have five grams of protein and six grams of fiber per serving.
Terra Real Vegetable Chips Heritage Blend
Calling all potato lovers — imagine every single type of potato thinly sliced and cooked to crisp perfection and you have Terra Real Vegetable Chips. These are a lot lower in sodium than typical potato chips and pack a variety of micronutrients from the beautiful colors!
LÄRABAR Coconut Cream Pie
LÄRABARs are great if you're not super hungry, but just want a small snack to keep you going until your next meal. They satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it, and a lot of flavors are even Paleo. If you want to know exactly just what you're snacking on, this brand makes it easy with minimal ingredients such as dates and nuts.
Harmless Harvest Coconut Water
Nothing says refreshing like Harmless Harvest Coconut Water. This may just be the closest you'll get to being on a tropical island sipping from a coconut. It's filled with natural sugars, great at balancing your electrolytes, and your skin will thank you for that glow.
Trader Joe's Avocado's Number Guacamole to Go
Guacamole is a fan-favorite to bring to the beach, and the heart-healthy fats in the avocados will help keep you feeling fuller for longer. Surprisingly, avocados also have more potassium than bananas, which will help to keep you hydrated. Plus, they'll go great with tortilla chips.
Sahale Snacks Raspberry Crumble Cashew Trail Mix
Sahale Snacks is a life-saver. There are so many trail mixes out there marketed as healthy, but they have so much sugar and modified oils in them. One serving of this snack only has about nine grams of sugar, compared to double in some other trail mixes. Sahale puts more nuts compared to dried fruits in the mix, so you know you're getting more protein and healthy fats.
Sargento Cheddar-Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
For all my high-fat dieters, Sargento's cheese sticks will be your best friend. They have a variety of flavors from Cheddar-Mozzarella to Pepper Jack. And for those who are afraid of putting on weight from eating cheese, it's time you stop worrying. These are only 70 calories a stick and contain protein.
Simple Mills Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Almond Flour Crackers
Simple Mills has made it incredibly easy to get your snack on if you can't have grains or you are on a Paleo diet. You won't even be able to tell the difference from your favorite cheesy crackers. They are great on their own or with some dip, grapes, and cheese.
Hippeas Sriracha Sunshine Chickpea Puffs
Warning: these puffs are addicting! If you love Cheetos but are looking for a healthier alternative, try out Hippeas Chickpea Puffs. The Sriracha Sunshine and vegan White Cheddar flavors are delicious, and since they're made with chickpeas, you also get some protein in. I dare you not to finish this bag on your own.
Square Organics Chocolate Coated Peanut Butter Protein Bar
Square Organics Protein Bars make the best snacks to take to the beach. The peanut butter flavor tastes like a peanut butter cup — but even better. Bonus: all the products are vegan and plant-based.
Hope Foods Kale Pesto Hummus
If you are looking for a crowd-pleaser, hummus should be your go-to. It's light and refreshing, and makes for the perfect dip with some pita chips or crackers. Hope Foods also has some unique flavors to up your hummus game and impress your friends at the beach.
Annie's Homegrown Organic Snack Mix Original
Do you remember those Cheez-It snack mixes your mom would pack for lunch time when you were still in elementary school? Those were a childhood favorite for us all, and Annie's Homegrown has their own version that's organic and contains no preservatives, artificial flavors, or synthetic colors.
Eating Evolved Cashew Milk + Almonds Primal Chocolate
What's not to love about Eating Evolved? Its motto is that chocolate is food, not candy! This chocolate bar is certified Paleo, so no dairy or refined sugars here. If you're planning on making some s'mores, this is a great option to have.
Lesser Evil Himalayan Sweetness Organic Popcorn
Who doesn't love kettle corn? Lesser Evil's version tastes so fresh and has an insane crunch. One bite and it feels like you are at the fair eating a bag of freshly popped kettle corn. Except, Lesser Evil contains almost half the sugar of most brands and adds coconut oil for an explosion of flavor in your mouth.
Boomchickapop Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
Angie's Boomchickapop popcorn comes in a variety of flavors, but the Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn gives you a little bit of everything, so you can share with whoever you're hitting the beach with. Plus, it's only 70 calories per cup!
Growing Roots Pineapple Coconut Rum Seed Bites
This snack from Growing Roots is right at home at the beach with its super tropical flavors. You get a little bit of coconut and a little bit of pineapple, and absolutely no weird ingredients in this organic, vegan treat.