Preparing a cooler for a picnic at the park is fairly straightforward. However, if you’re eating on the beach, things are a bit more complicated. You’ve got more things to consider when choosing what to bring.
The main concern is the sand. Sand is everywhere at the beach and you want to make sure it doesn’t end up as an extra condiment on your food. The wind doesn’t help much either. It can cause cardboard plates to tip over, spilling your meal in the sand.
Some foods can handle the beach and some cannot. Snacks are always an easy choice. Packaged trail mix, chips, and crackers are easy to keep clean. But, if you’re looking for some more substantial food to keep you energized at the beach, check out this list of beach-friendly picnic food.
Though not a typical beach trip meal, they are a great salad replacement. Light and nutritious, they are great meals for when you’re out in the sun all day. Take larger iceberg leaves and stuff them with chopped vegetables and nuts. Cover in foil and eat it like a burrito.
The best part about kabobs is that they’re a hands-free meal. You can enjoy without having to worry about sand from your fingers transferring onto your food or into your mouth. They also require no utensils or heavy clean-up – when you’re done, just drop the skewers back into your cooler. Kabobs can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables, so you can customize them for your family’s individual tastes.
Fruit smoothies are a great way to replenish nutrients and enjoy a refreshing beverage. Blueberries, strawberries, and bananas are filled with essential vitamins and antioxidants. They taste great so kids will scarf them down, and there’s no risk of accidentally consuming sand. You can make them at home and pack them in bottles, or even buy pre-packaged versions from the store.
Pasta is not adversely affected by heat, which makes it great for the beach. We recommend using a light sauce or just olive oil to maximize its heat-resistant nature. Plus, the carbs will give you the energy for a long day on the water, without making you feel too heavy and tired to swim.
Cookies are the ultimate dessert on the water. They’re portable, stand up to heat, and require no utensils. We recommend avoiding chocolate chip, as these tend to melt in the heat. Instead, opt for sugar cookies or peanut butter cookies to minimize sticky fingers.
Kids love the pinwheel shape, and they make a good finger food. Pinwheels are small, so you can have a couple bites and feel full without feeling bloated.
Baked Guacamole Chips
Prebaked guacamole chips are an excellent travel food as you can carry in one container rather than bringing chips and guac separately. While baking, the guacamole flavor is baked into the chips, giving them an excellent flavor. You can try baking these yourself using corn tortillas, or buy them pre-made from a store.
Chopped fruits and fruit salad will work at the beach, but they’re sticky and may end up attracting lots of sand. Whole fruits are much easier to transport and require no utensils to eat. Grapes, strawberries, and blueberries are all great choices.