Healthy Beach & Pool Snacks {MyFoodFix}

There’s still over a month of summer left, so now is NOT the time to undo those healthy summer habits you’ve created!

This week on Fox8 WGHP’s monthly segment, I talked about healthy snacking at the beach and pool. When summer time is ticking and the water is calling, it’s tempting to grab fast food en route or rely on pool-bar snacks. But these foods tend to be higher in calories, fat, sodium and price than food brought from home. And, my snack suggestions below are so easy and quick that you’ll be in the water in no time.

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Simple Summer Snacks & Drinks

1) Popcorn — This ol’ standby is a favorite for a reason… tasty and fun with multiple personalities. This gluten-free whole grain can be dressed up spicy with chili and garlic powders, sweet with a cinnamon-sugar mix or savory with Parmesan and a little sea salt. Air pop your own or pop in a little olive oil on the stovetop. Fox8_07 28 14_beach bag_crew

2) Trail mix — Forget the pricey store-bought trail mixes and make your own. Combine your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit. If you’re feeling wild, throw in some whole grain pretzels, rye bagel chips, dry cereal or cheese crackers. A handful of Goldish pretzels and crackers are a fun beach-themed addition. In my nut-free trail mix recipe (below), I used dried cherries and apricots, pretzels and favorite seeds like pumpkin, sunflower and hemp.

3) Frozen grapes — An antioxidant-rich refreshing treat. Enough said.

4) Wraps & sandwiches — Half a wrap or sandwich makes a perfect snack. Double it up for a poolside lunch. Hummus with veggies on a whole grain tortilla, nut or seed butter with apple slices on a mini whole wheat bagel or tuna-guacamole salad on mini rye bread.

5) Water, water, water — It’s easy to forget fluids when you’re playing in the water, but we especially need to stay hydrated when we’re under a hot summer sun. Fill a carafe with water and fruit slices or mint and cucumber, lemonade mixed with sparkling water or unsweetened iced tea with berries. Not interested in lugging around a water bottle? Check out the water aisle in your supermarket… there are many non-caloric drink choices these days, like canned or bottled sparkling waters, fruit-infused waters or unsweetened teas.

Fruity Pumpkin Trail Mix {nut-free}

½ cup dried apricots, diced
½ cup dried cranberries or cherries
¼ cup pumpkin or pepita seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
½ cup dry cereal or pretzels
1 Tbsp. hemp seeds

Combine all ingredients. Makes 4 servings.

PLEASE SHARE: What are you favorite healthy snacks for a day at the pool or beach? Please share!

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