7 Healthy Beach Snack Ideas

When you’re planning for the perfect beach day, you want to make sure you pack the essentials. Swimsuits, towels, sunglasses, hats, sunscreens, beach toys, water, and of course, delicious snacks help make your fun day in the sun complete. 

The perfect snacks will help you stay energized throughout the day to make the most of your trip, whether you want to swim, play beach volleyball, read, or relax on your towel. 

Not all snacks travel well. Some options are more likely to spoil, bruise, or turn into a mushy mess during your beach day fun. 

Packing healthy, delicious options that require little work while at the beach helps your day stay enjoyable and prevents any hangry feelings from rising up. This list will help you find the perfect healthy beach snacks for your summer trips. 

1. Original Beef Chomplings

Chomps Beef Chomplings

The Original Beef Chomplings created by Chomps are one of those perfect beach snacks. 

They are individually packaged, and the mini-size sticks are easy to throw into a beach bag. You don’t need to worry about them spoiling in the heat, being a mess in your bag, or the beef stick getting covered in sand. Simply toss these in your bag, and you’ll be prepared for whenever hunger strikes. 

These beef sticks are made with grass-fed beef and are sustainably sourced. The original flavor delivers a slightly smoky and slightly spicy taste with just 40 calories and 4 grams of protein. 

Have a larger appetite? Opt for our original size beef stick for a snack with 9 grams of protein and 90 calories. 

2. Granola

Granola Bars

Whether you opt for the convenience of buying granola in-store or make your own, granola is a great beach snack. Choose a variety full of whole grain oats, nuts, and seeds for a balance of healthy fats, protein, and carbs. 

Consider dried fruit or coconut flakes if you want something sweet in your granola over things like chocolate chips that could end up melting and making a mess. 

You can also opt for granola bars if you prefer bars over a crumbled treat. Whether you’re buying granola or granola bars, they can be healthy if you choose the right variety. Look for options with minimal amounts of added sugar, whole grains, fiber, healthy fats, and protein. 

Looking for a recipe to try? This healthy granola recipe is rated 4.9 out of 5 stars for over 1,400 reviews.  

3. Grapes

Red and Green Grapes

If you can bring a cooler or insulated lunch box, fruits and veggies are great snacks to take. Grapes are full of good-for-you antioxidants and fiber. Fiber helps you to stay full and keeps your energy level steady throughout the day. 

Grapes are around 80-84% water which means they can help keep you hydrated during your day in the sun. 

Another option is to freeze your grapes. Frozen grapes keep their same great flavor and all of their amazing nutrients. You can eat them while still frozen or let them sit for a few hours to thaw. Frozen grapes can also help keep everything else in your cooler a little bit colder. 

4. Carrots

Carrots
The best thing about packing veggies like carrots, they’re harder to crush in your cooler. You won’t have to worry about them bruising or becoming a mushy mess. The refreshing taste and excellent crunch make carrots delicious beach day snacks. 

The easiest option is to buy small carrots from the store. You can also cut the carrots you have into smaller pieces, so they are easier to eat. 

If you have room in your cooler, consider adding a tub of hummus to dip the carrots into for some adding fiber and flavor. 

5. Pretzels

Pretzel Snack

Pretzels are one of those classic at-the-beach snack ideas. Adding pretzels to your beach bag is a simple, no mess option. You don’t need to worry about keeping them cool or having them spoil while you’re enjoying fun in the sun. 

If you bring hummus along for the carrots, pretzels will also be amazing dipped in hummus.

Consider buying pretzels that are stuffed with peanut butter for some extra flavor and added healthy fat that will help keep you full for longer. 

6. Watermelon

Watermelon

What’s more refreshing than biting into a piece of watermelon on a hot summer day? Melons are over 90% water, so eating watermelon is a delicious way to get some extra hydration in between dips in the ocean. 

Watermelon is also packed with 21% of your daily Vitamin C needs, which acts as an antioxidant and helps support the immune system. 

You can dice the watermelon into cubes or bring along slices. Watermelon slices are a good option for the beach because holding it by the rind helps keep your sandy hands off the delicious fruit.

7. Sea Salt Beef Jerky

Chomps Sea Salt Beef Jerky

There is something fun about eating sea salt by the sea. The Sea Salt Beef Sticks allow you to enjoy that delicious sea salt flavor without containing too much sodium. The sticks are seasoned with sea salt, garlic, and celery juice for a tasty non-spicy flavor. 

They are made with 100% grass-fed beef and Non-GMO. One stick provides 9 grams of protein and just 90 calories. The autoimmune protocol (AIP) friendly, sea salt beef sticks will make the perfect addition to any beach trip. 

The Bottom Line

There is no reason to let your beach day fun end early because of a growling stomach. When looking for beach snack ideas, aim for foods that are portable and won’t spoil. Bring some healthy snacks with fiber or protein to help keep you full longer and energy levels stable throughout your beach day fun. 

If you’re looking for a variety of flavors to please anyone’s taste buds, check out our other flavors for our beef and turkey snack sticks on our snack collections page.
About the author
Ashley Braun
Ashley Braun is a registered dietitian, food lover, and wellness writer. She loves using what science tells us about food to help people feel better and is the founder of the website Food Peace Nutrition – an online resource dedicated to helping people make peace with food through intuitive eating.

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