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Snacks to Take Swimming at the Beach or Pool


Today I’ve got a Q&A from Lisa B. Lisa asks:

IMG_1990Do you have good snack ideas for taking food to the pool in the summer?  I want something that holds up in the heat and humidity but I want to avoid buying boxed crackers, etc..

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:

  1. Not be subject to melting
  2. Be able to get wet and have it still be good. (i.e., crackers that would obviously get soggy).
  3. Must be portable.
  4. 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)


  • 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.IMG_0905
  • 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)


  • 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.

carrots and dip

  • 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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Great ideas! We are without central a/c in Texas and it is brutal. I’m on the look-out for any way to avoid using the stove/oven. Thanks!

We love thinly sliced granny smith apples with a thin slice of cheddar cheese and a slice of smoked turkey breast wrapped around. We pack 20+ little “bites” of these in the cooler and my kids chow them. We also love carrots with hummus.

We are on the search for good snacks too as it seems summer time brings on snacking whether out and about or just at home. Nuts are great (trail mix is perfect indoors and make your own it is cheaper and you are in control of how much of everything goes into it). I would have to say fruit leather is probably our best snack these days. Since we tend to get into the 100’s in temperatures here I have invested in some cold bags- a big one (that I also use for groceries) for the long outings and a smaller one for the shorter outings. Can’t wait to hear more ideas.

This is a great post, much needed right now. We have been to the pool twice this week. I always pack some grapes, pretzels and crackers. Not the best ideas but it’s just a snack since we have lunch at home before we leave then have dinner after the pool. I know the kids would like to eat more snacks though. We always pack a water bottle for each of us. I have to tell you that there is a family there every year and the mom has 6 kids and always packs a cooler filled with good food. She packs sandwiches for each kid, a fruit, a veggie pasta salad and brings her own real silverware and cloth napkins. Each kid get 2 cookies when they are done eating and each have their own water bottle. It amazes me each year when I see this. I think it’s great and even took the time to tell her. I can’t wait to get more ideas. Thanks Amy.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches usually do ok. Also, popcorn. I prefer Greek yogurt, but sometimes I buy Go Gurts because the kids like them (only the Simply Go Gurts, though). You can freeze them and they’ll last several hours before thawing out. Frozen grapes are great, too.