Swimsuit? Check. Beach chair and umbrella? Check. Beach crew? Check. Cooler packed with your favorite snacks and drinks? Not so fast! Before you pack that cooler for your next beach day, here are some easy swaps for healthier snacks and drinks to keep the beach party going without ruining your beach body.
Skip the chips and try crispy veggies,
A lot of times your cravings for crunchy, salty snacks are just a way to keep your mouth occupied. While this is completely normal, you might not want to waste those hard-to-burn calories on a moment of boredom. When you are just feeling snackish, finding something crunchy but healthy could resolve your cravings and keep the calories low.
A simple swap for chips is veggie sticks — think baby carrots, celery, sliced cucumbers, and other super fresh and crispy veggies. For some added flavor, you can choose a dip with some fill-you-up fiber and protein like hummus. Don’t let the color of hummus turn you off. This dip comes in every flavor you can think of and can take your snack game to the next level.
Forget the fryer but keep the wings.
All chicken wings are not created equal. As you probably know, you can prepare these little treats in multiple ways, some of which are healthier than others. Instead of buying a large batch of pre-made fried chicken wings, make your own wings by tossing some in panko crumbs chips or almond flour. You’ll still end up with the same, or better, taste, but you’ll have less fat, grease and calories to worry about after your beach day is over.