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What food to bring to the beach – Best snack ideas

Finding the perfect treats for a beach day is never easy, however, there are some great options that never fail. With factors such as seawater, wildlife (talking about you, seagulls), and sand (which has the ability to end up everywhere) to consider, deciding on what food to bring to the beach can be daunting, especially when you have children. Not bringing any food is certainly a mistake, as you are going to spend a lot of time in the water and sun that takes your energy. If you prefer having healthy bites instead of the typical oily, sugary eats, here are some healthy options to take with you!

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Written by Anett Victoria

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Granola Bars

A perfect snack for satisfying any sweet or salty cravings you may get while having fun at the beach. Granola bars do not take up much space and do not need to be refrigerated therefore are one of the safest food options to bring to the beach. Just make sure to avoid sticky ingredients such as honey, caramel, or peanut butter, as they can be magnets for sand.

Homemade granola beach snack
Homemade granola – Photo from Pexels

Hard-boiled eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein that will boost your energy level instantly. Hard-boiled eggs are not only simple to make, but they are very filling too. In addition, they can be easily rinsed off should any sand get on them.

hard boiled eggs
Avocado sandwich with boiled eggs – Photo from Pexels

Eat them warm or cold, with salad or bread, this healthy beach food can be an option for the whole family. Make sure to peel them at home so you can eat them straight from the container!

Fruit/veggie kebabs

Kebabs are the ultimate customizable treat. You can put almost anything on them, and they are a fun option for kids. Simply cut up your choice of fruits or vegetables into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on skewers.

The fact that you can eat them without risking transferring sand from your hands to your food making kebabs one of the best beach snack ideas!

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Trail Mix

Should you ever worried about what food to bring to the beach that can be safely stored even in the sun, trail mix is an all-rounder option! This fulfilling snack with nuts and dried fruits can practically be eaten by the handful.

Nut trail healthy beach snack
Nut trail – Photo from Unsplash

It is not only a treat full of protein, but very delicious too. Just make sure your trail mix does not have any chocolate, as it will turn into a hot, gooey mess under the hot sun.

Lunchmeat rollups

This snack is perfect for limited cooler space as they do not take up much room. Simply layer your favorite cold cuts, cheeses, and other toppings such as red peppers, olives, or sliced pickles and roll them up for a convenient and filling beach snack.

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Hummus is a super convenient and healthy snack option for the beach! It requires no preparation (if you buy it ready-to-eat) and perfect for babies too! Serve it with veggie bites, breadsticks or spread it on whole-wheat crackers! Best is to bring homemade hummus!

Beach snack with hummus
Hummus platter – Photo from Unsplash


Watermelon is a cool and refreshing treat commonly associated with summer. Simply cut your watermelon into cubes at home and store them in a Tupperware container.

Watermelon perfect food to bring to the beach
Watermelon – Photo from Unsplash

Not only will this treat cool you down, but it will provide an energy boost and satisfy your sweet tooth.


Struggling to find what food to bring to the beach for those who prefer savory threats? Unlike chips, pretzels contain less oil and remain fresh for a longer time.

Pretzels superb for the beach
Pretzels – Photo from Unsplash

They are resistant to salty air typically found at the beach, preventing them from getting stale, moreover are able to retain their shape after being tossed around while traveling.

Grain Salad

This is a great and refreshing treat for a hot beach day. Simply mix your favorite grains such as rice, quinoa, or farro with fresh veggies and cheese and store it in a plastic container in your cooler box.

Rice salad with veggies
Rice salad – Photo from Unsplash


Unlike traditional sandwiches, wraps have a protective outer layer resistant to sand. They are also extremely customizable, and you can put whatever you desire in them. For further sand protection, you can also wrap them in aluminum foil which you can peel off as you eat.

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