Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:
Great question Lisa! While we live in the desert and we don’t have much problem with humidity, we do have some intense heat! Food to take to the lake, swimming pool or beach should:
- Not be subject to melting
- Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
- Must be portable.
- Your kids should like them.
We can classify our snacks to take to the pool into 1) things for your swim bag, and 2) Food for your cooler)
BEACH BAG FOOD
- Dried fruit. This is the first thing I thought of when you want something that will withstand heat, humidity, and be filling for kids. You can bring a mixture of dried apricots, dried bananas, apples, raisins, mangoes, etc.
- Nuts. Mix them with your dried fruit, or eat them separately. Nuts kids tend to like are cashews, almonds, and pecans.
- Rice balls. This may sound funny, but our Japanese students would make these to take with them anywhere! It was a great and filling snack or part of their lunch.
- Peanut Butter and celery (or apples). Pre-portion some natural peanut butter into sandwich baggies, and squeeze onto your celery by cutting one end off your baggie.
- Hearty Cereal (like Grape-nuts) or homemade granola bars.
- Dried Edamame: these nuts are high in protein. They kind of grow on you the more you eat. I didn’t love them at first, but the more I eat them, the more I like them.
- Sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
- Homemade granola bars (recipe on this old download)
FOOD FOR THE COOLER
- Water! Although there is water all around you, its important to drink and stay well hydrated.
- Juice. Make sure to check labels and get 100%, no sugar added juices. Capri Sun has 100% juice that is the same price as their juice filled with sugar at my Costco. Can you believe it? Tropicana also has some delicious 100% OJ’s.
- Vegetables and dip. Check out this container Erica saw at the grocery store the other day. It has an inner lid and compartment for the dip, and of course a lid that covers the whole top. Great way to send dip with you places.
- Hard boiled eggs. We love this snack! Keep it cool, and it will be a perfect protein pick me up when the kids start getting groggy.
- Fruit/ applesauce. Another favorite of ours, and extra yummy when kept cold. We like to bring melons like watermelon, apples, oranges, and grapes.
- String Cheese. These are great because they are individually wrapped. We love to snack on them. Perfect portion control.
- Single serving yogurts.
- Wraps! Tuesday night on Facebook, Sarah said: We ate at the pool tonight. I packed kiwi, chicken/veggie wraps, carrots, and cherries. Amazingly when there was real hunger and no choices, they ate what I gave them.
Your turn! What is your go-to snack food when you are headed to the pool or beach? Anything I’m leaving out?
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