It’s almost summer, and that means fun in the sun. If you’re a beach-goer, you’ve probably given a lot of thought to what to pack to eat on the beach. But beach food is often easier said than done. Chocolate is usually out of the question in the hot summer sun, and you also don’t want beach food that requires a lot of preparation to make or silverware to eat. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy scrumptious, tasty treats on the beach.
If you have ample cooler space and ice, a fresh fruit platter is filled with refreshingly sweet treats like orange slices, strawberries, juicy grapes, pineapple daisies, and cantaloupe and honeydew slices.
Consider a platter of fresh-baked cookies featuring an assortment of flavors like classic chocolate chip, sugar, and snickerdoodle. They’re an easy grab-and-go treat the whole group will enjoy. If a platter is too bulky, you can also choose a box of two dozen delicious cookies in assorted flavors or your choice of flavors. Or, choose a variety pack of gourmet Maddy & Maize™ popcorn. With four amazing flavors — Birthday Cake, Old Fashioned Caramel, White Cheddar, and a limited time seasonal flavor — there’s a flavor everyone will enjoy.
For more delicious beach food ideas you might want to try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say about their favorite beach food ideas.
Kiki Aranita spent seven years as co-chef and owner of Poi Dog, a restaurant and catering company that served Hawaii’s local food. She closed its Center City Philadelphia location in July 2020 but has kept the brand alive in large-scale pop ups and retail sauces.
“Whenever I visit home and go to the beach, packing spam musubi is an absolute must!
It’s the perfect beach food, rounded off by frozen grapes and a messy fruit. (It can be any messy fruit like a juicy mango because I’ll wash off the stickiness in the ocean!) I made a collaboration musubi with Mission Taqueria in Philly a few years back — with pineapple sliced into the shape of the musubi. It was delicious.”
Lieu Dang is the Marketing Project Manager at Ling App, a gamified language learning app with over 10 million downloads and a language blog.
“As an avid traveler, I’ve had the pleasure of exploring countless beaches around the world, each with its own unique charm and flavor.
I’ve tasted delicious seafood dishes in Thailand, sipped on coconut water in the Maldives, and savored fresh ceviche in Mexico. I love trying out the local cuisine and discovering new flavors that are unique to each destination. Whether it’s indulging in a fresh fruit smoothie in Hawaii or biting into a juicy burger in California, I always make sure to try out the beach food wherever I go.
There’s something special about enjoying a meal with sand between your toes and the sound of crashing waves in the background. It’s the perfect way to relax and recharge after a day of exploring.”
John Frigo is the eCommerce Manager with Best Price Nutrition.
“My favorite beach food is cucumbers with some lime and salt squirted and sprinkled on top.
It’s crisp and refreshing, it’s healthy, and it doesn’t weigh you down or make you feel gross eating it in the sun.
The salt and water help to hydrate you and replenish electrolytes. The juice at the bottom also makes a great addition to a beer or cocktail if you’re having some of those at the beach as well.”
Ashley Schuering is the blogger behind Confessions of a Grocery Addict, a food blog designed to share money-saving tricks, time-saving tips, and easy grocery hacks to make
being the CFO (Chief Food Officer) of your family a little easier. She is also a full-time freelance writer, self-professed food nerd, SEO wordsmith, and food justice activist.
“When it comes to packing a beach-friendly picnic, I try to choose foods that don’t require intense refrigeration. My sesame garlic ramen noodles are great for making ahead of time and serving chilled or at room temperature.
I also love bringing hydrating fruits along, so my spicy pineapple watermelon salad is always a good choice. Finally, I have a serious sweet tooth, so I always like to bring along a refreshing, pre-portioned hand-held dessert like my tart and creamy coconut ginger key lime bars.”
Parichatra has been working in the organic search engine marketing industry for over 25 years as Director of SEO Operations at SEO Advantage, Inc. When not working, she enjoys tending to her garden and chickens, as well as spending quiet time with her lovely family.
“As a Thai immigrant living in the US for over 25 years, I still can’t quite get used to American finger foods for the beach. Potato chips, hot dogs, chocolate bars, and little knick-knacks in wrappers — I’ll eat them, but I don’t enjoy them as much.
For me, papaya salad (Som Tam) with grilled chicken (Gai Yang) or grilled pork (Moo Yang) and sticky rice (Kao Neong) are still my favorite beach or picnic food. There’s nothing quite like it.
In Thailand, you can order this anywhere from sellers on the beach or beachside restaurants. Here in the US, I make my own.
Papaya can be hard to find depending on where you live, but most Asian grocery stores carry it.
Sometimes, I have to substitute with cabbage and carrots or rutabaga, cabbage, and carrots. Sometimes I use a bit of green apple with cabbage. It just depends on what I can find at my local store.
The rest of the ingredients are easy to find — cherry tomatoes, green beans, fish sauce, lime juice, palm sugar (which can be replaced with regular sugar), garlic (or garlic powder), chili, and shrimp. Just search for Thai papaya salad on YouTube, and you can learn to make it real quick.
The best pairing for Som Tam is grilled chicken with Thai hot dipping sauce or sweet and sour dipping sauce. There’s tons of information on YouTube about how to make them.
You can also buy sweet and sour Thai dipping sauce in local American supermarkets, but they are, indeed, overpriced.
It’s either you make your own or find a local Asian grocery store. Any rotisserie chicken at your own supermarket will do for the grilled chicken. If you prefer them fried, no problem. It’s the dipping sauce that will make or break your chicken enjoyment.
I know, you’re probably wondering why on earth someone would go through the trouble of making Som Tam. If you’ve ever been to Thailand and seen Thai people at the beach, you’d know exactly what I mean. We love to eat freshly cooked food. Eating at the beach with friends and family is absolutely heavenly.
Living in the US, the best I can do when packing beach food is to make everything myself.
Sticky rice goes well with all of the above. The only thing I don’t quite like is that it can make you sleepier faster. It fills you up quickly. But hey, the beach is a great place for a short nap.
I remember my Thai friends back during our college days in Indianapolis, bringing a mortar and pestle and all the ingredients for making Som Tam to the public park. They sat around and started pounding away. Park visitors would come and ask what they were doing and ended up enjoying Thai food as well.”
Lyudmyla Dobrynina is the head of marketing in North America for Optimeal, a family-owned company that offers high-quality dry and wet food for cats and dogs.
“Throw pre-cut veggies and your favorite dip in a small cooler for a nutritious, easy beach snack.
For example, raw broccoli, carrots, celery, and sweet peppers are a refreshing snack with hummus or chive & onion cream cheese. While overly salty foods like potato chips will make you thirsty and tired, this snack will keep you feeling energized for an enjoyable day in the sun.”
Erin Blakely is the Founder of Erin’s Travel Tips and Senior Golf Source.
“Here are a couple of my favorite beach food ideas as appetizers or desserts.
Watermelon Salsa is one of my all-time favorite beach snacks. Sweet, juicy watermelon mixed with fresh diced tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, lime juice, and cilantro.
You can also add bell peppers, mango, or cucumber. Serve with chips or your favorite yummy snack food. If you’re grilling out, you can also use it as a topping for grilled chicken or fish.
Caprese Skewers are another simple yet healthy snack. Alternate fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes, and basil leaves on skewers, then drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. So simple yet so delicious!
Fruit Kabobs are a fun way to take traditional fruit salad to a new level. Plus, it’s a healthy and refreshing alternative to sugary snacks.
Simply thread chunks of fruit onto skewers, then dip or drizzle with honey, chocolate, or yogurt. My favorites are grapes, pineapple, watermelon, and cantaloupe since they are easy to carry in a cooler.”
Thomas Foster is a Community Manager at Facialteam.
“Watermelon pizza is one of my all-time favorite beach snacks.
Not only is it healthy and hydrating, but it’s perfect for the beach because it’s easy to prepare, won’t get sandy, and is packed with nutrients to keep you fueled for a day in the sun.
Here’s how you make it: simply slice a watermelon into rounds, spread some Greek yogurt or cream cheese on them, and top them with your favorite fruits and nuts.
You can even customize it with your favorite toppings and cut it into small wedges for easy sharing. Plus, the bright colors and sweet flavors make it a crowd-pleaser for all ages.”
Kim Walls is the CEO and Co-Founder of Furtuna Skin, an Italian-born brand that combines old-world nature with modern science, strict sourcing protocols, and powerfully concentrated formulas to drive unprecedented performance in the clean beauty industry.
“A refreshing chicken pasta salad is the perfect food to bring to the beach. It’s easy to make ahead of time and stores nicely in an airtight container in a cooler. While there are many ways to make pasta salad, I recommend using fusilli pasta, extra virgin olive oil, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onions, and cooked chicken breast.
If you’re vegetarian, you could easily swap the chicken for chickpeas to ensure you’re getting a good amount of protein. You can also add some salt and pepper to taste. For the dressing, I like to keep it simple with a vinaigrette, which is also lighter than a mayo-based dressing, making it perfect for the beach.”
Morgan is a published author and has performed SEO, written blogs and articles, and produced web content for many online firms.
“For your beach adventures, food should be packaged in a manner that enables easy unpacking with the least amount of sand contaminants.
Near the center of your blanket, carefully unpack your tote, backpack, or basket. Bring several types of food for a day’s outing at the beach, as you will be burning up body fuel, and good replacements are always needed. Good quality food equates to feeling good and having fun.
- First choice: Fruit in a container. Sliced apples, orange sections, whole pears, and whatever you have in the fruity area of your fridge.
- Second choice: Finger food; sandwiches cut into quarters instead of halves. Create tuna, ham & Cheese, PB&Js, or your best choice for sandwich ingredients. Mexican Bolillos make scrumptious ham & cheese sams with your favorite mayo, hot mustard, or even a tiny tupper of Wasabi for that special zing.
- Third choice: Wraps and tortillas. Specialty foods like lobster done up with gruyère cheese, sharp cheddar, or parmesan cheese. Practically anything can go in a wrap. Be creative and find items everyone in your party loves to eat.
- Fourth choice: Bagels & cream cheese or muffins you made fresh at home — blueberry, orange, cinnamon, and your choice. Fresh celery with cheddar cheese, blue cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, or perhaps almond butter is always a yummy hit with most hungry snackers.
- Fifth choice: Main course items such as sesame noodle salad, tuna salads, or maybe something a bit more special such as abalone salads, all in small sealable containers.
- Sixth choice: Snack mix made special for the beach. Chex mix with anything else you love to eat, and remember to add a sprinkling of honey-sweetened corn cereal for that sweet & salty combination everyone loves.
- Seventh choice: Pizza, of course! A good idea is to cut your slices into smaller bites and find a special well-sealed container that fits in the basket or pack with all the other containers.”
Jasmine Golden is the Owner and Chef at Golden Truffle.
“My favorite beach food idea is to make a shish-kabob platter.
I would start by skewering alternating pieces of chicken, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms onto a metal or wooden skewer. If you’re not a fan of chicken, you can also use shrimp, beef, or tofu.
Then, I would marinate the kabobs in a mixture of olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs or spices. After marinating for at least an hour or two, I would then grill the kabobs on a charcoal or gas grill until they are cooked through and lightly charred. Serve them as is or with a side of rice and some couscous for a complete beach-side meal.”
Jessica Randhawa is the head chef, recipe creator, photographer, and writer behind The Forked Spoon.
“My favorite beach food recipe is this Fresh Corn Salad made with sweet corn, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and tangy feta in a light red wine vinaigrette. Delicious any time of year, enjoy this excellent corn salad at the beach with under 30 minutes of work.”
Mante Kgarea is a food blogger and a food expert for Your Healthier Version.
“Going to the beach is one of my favorite things to do, and here is my favorite beach food idea: Fish Tacos.
As a chef, I consider fish tacos to be one of the most delicious beach foods. They are simple to consume, flavorful, and ideal for a hot summer day. In addition, they are an excellent way to enjoy fresh seafood while breathing in the ocean air.
I always begin the preparation of fish tacos with fresh, high-quality fish. I prefer flaky white fish such as cod, halibut, or tilapia lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and a touch of cumin. Then, I cook the fish on the grill until it is fully cooked and set it aside.
I then prepare the toppings for the tacos. I like to add texture and crunch with fresh ingredients such as chopped cilantro, diced onions, sliced avocado, and shredded cabbage. Fresh pico de gallo is prepared by mixing diced tomatoes, red onions, jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and salt.
It is now time to construct the tacos. I warm corn tortillas on a grill or in a pan, then add grilled fish, pico de gallo, and additional toppings. I also enjoy adding a drizzle of creamy chipotle sauce or a squeeze of lime for an additional flavor boost.
The greatest quality of fish tacos is their adaptability. They can be customized with a variety of fish, toppings, and sauces to suit your tastes. In addition, they are portable, making them the ideal beach food for a day of sun, sand, and surf.”
Nick Mueller is the Director of Operations at HawaiianIslands.com.
“If you’re spending the day at the beach, you’re going to be out in the sun the entire time.
While there are plenty of hot food options that will hit the spot for your beach day, having a cooler full of fresh fruit will hit the spot at the beach like never before or again.
Fresh pineapple, watermelon, grapes, apples, peaches, whatever your favorite fruit is, cut it up and have it ready to go. You don’t even need anything else to go with it in many cases.”
Amy Weiher is the Founder and Creative Director at Weiher Creative.
“When you’re enjoying a day at the beach, you want to bring snacks that can easily be held in busy little hands and eaten quickly to reduce the amount of sand intake. Little finger sandwiches are always a hit, and the possibilities are endless for the type of sandwich you make.
You can get as creative as you feel like, or you can keep it simple and go with the never not popular PB&J. Whatever you decide, they’re easy to make, easy to store, and even easier to eat during a day of fun at the beach.”
Josh Weiss is the founder and CEO of Reggie, the leading wellness regimen for dogs. A lifelong entrepreneur, Weiss has built successful online fashion retailers, but his true passion of being a business operator has come full-circle with Reggie.
“Beach food may traditionally involve a lot of fried items, but when you’re out in the sun, a healthier option is always better. I like to make some easy, no-bake energy bites to bring along.
They’re simple: you stir together 1 cup of oats, 2/3 cup of toasted shredded coconut, 1/2 cup of peanut butter, 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 1/3 cup of honey.
Chill the mixture in the fridge for an hour or two and then roll them into small, one-inch balls. They’re best to make shortly before enjoying them, but they’re an easy and healthy snack for a day on the beach.”
Isaac Robertson is the CEO and Co-Founder of Total Shape, a leading fitness brand focused on providing high-quality nutrition and training advice to customers around the world. As a registered nutritionist and personal trainer with over a decade of experience, Isaac is passionate about helping people achieve their health and fitness goals.
“As someone passionate about health and fitness, I have many favorite healthy beach food ideas. One of my go-to options is a simple and delicious shrimp ceviche recipe.
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 red onion, diced
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the shrimp and cook until pink and cooked through, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the shrimp from the water and place them in a large bowl with the lime juice. Stir to coat the shrimp evenly with the juice.
- Add the diced onion, bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or until the shrimp have turned opaque and the flavors have melded together.
This shrimp ceviche is a light and refreshing option that’s perfect for a day at the beach. It’s high in protein, low in fat and carbs, and packed with vitamins and minerals. Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time and bring along in a cooler.”
Lachlan Brown is the founder of Hack Spirit, a popular site focused on psychology, relationships, and personal development.
“As someone who loves hanging out at the beach, I’d love to share with you my favorite beach food ideas.
My favorite beach food is a duo — a good balance between salty snacks like tortilla chips (with dips) and sweet, refreshing fruits like watermelon, pineapple, grapes, and berries. If I plan to stay longer at the beach, I like packing ham or turkey sandwiches with tomatoes and mayo for a bit more heft.”
Kevin is a chef and one of the Co-Founders of PreparedCooks.com. They write about food-related trends, stats, and insights.
“My favorite beach food idea is chicken tacos. This is the perfect recipe if you want to enjoy a relaxing day at the beach with your family.
You can fold your tortilla in such a way that it creates a wrap. This hack would ensure that you get a perfect bite all the way through. When you munch on the wrap, you will experience the chicken’s crispiness along with cheesy goodness.
You can use toppings such as pico de gallo, avocado, hot sauce, and sour cream. I recommend preparing something sweet once you have had savory tacos. You can also opt for crepes filled with bananas and Nutella.”
Dawson Smith is the co-founder of Happy Cats Home, a community of cat enthusiasts bringing together veterinarians, behaviorists, nutritionists, and seasoned product reviewers to give you top-notch information on all things cats.
“A day at the beach can leave you exhausted. This is why you need something fulfilling.
However, you also need something that is easy to eat and does not take much time to make. So ham and cheese sandwiches are the best options to take to the beach.
All you have to do is get good bread, apply some honey mustard sauce, and stack it up with slices of ham and cheese. And voila, your quick and simple sandwiches are ready. They will help keep you going all day.”
Isabela is a higher education consultant for The Education Group London (TEG), where she helps to provide opportunities to students from developing countries who dream of pursuing a successful career through international education.
“I love charcuterie boards at any time of the day. I like to have options when I eat, so having a variety of breads and crackers, fruits, cheeses, meats, jams and spreads gives me so many options when it comes to making a nice plate of food.
When I go to the beach, I like to have options, and I also don’t want to have a large meal because I like to play beach volleyball and swim in the ocean. I find smaller snacks from a charcuterie board is the perfect light meal but is also very filling and nutritious.
I like to pack these foods in a cooler bag in a Bento box to keep everything nice and compact and also ensure nothing gets smushed or crushed. I also think this is a great thing to pack if you have other people with you as everyone can make up their own little snack plate with things they like.”
Kevin Miller is a digital marketing expert, former Google employee, entrepreneur, and angel investor. He was recently named Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2021 American Business Awards.
“One refreshing, practical food idea for going to the beach is to make watermelon popsicles.
Cut watermelon into triangles, insert a popsicle stick into the rind, and freeze for a few hours. These refreshing treats are easy to make, delicious, and perfect for a hot day at the beach.
They’re healthy and hydrating, providing a sweet snack that won’t weigh you down. For added flavor and texture, you can add fun toppings like shredded coconut or mini chocolate chips. Stay cool and refreshed on a fun beach outing!”
Ruiz is the CKO of Honest Food Talks, which is a UK-based independent foodie media outlet that aims to help people discover new Asian cuisine recipes, kitchen hacks, and local eateries. He loves discovering new home recipes and is a huge Boba and Chai enthusiast!
“When speaking of beach food, simple finger foods usually come to mind. But for me, personally, I love eating brownies at the beach!
One of my favorite brownie recipes is Matcha Brownies. It only takes 1 hour to make it and is easy to pack to bring to the beach.
First of all, sift all-purpose flour, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt into a bowl, then put the mixture aside. Next, melt unsalted butter and white chocolate together in a microwave.
Whisk in eggs into the white chocolate liquid mix before adding in white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix them all up until the wet mixture is uniform. Then, pour the wet mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients, and fold everything together until there are no more lumps.
Place the final mix into a baking pan and bake it in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees Celsius (340 degrees Fahrenheit) for about 18-20 minutes. Once done, cool the matcha brownies on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes. Finally, just cut them into bars, and they are ready for munching at the beach!”
Raymond Neil is a Professional Chef and Expert Consultant at TD Kitchen.
“A classic veggie burger is easy to make and incredibly versatile, allowing you to create a unique and tasty burger each time.
Start with a great quality veggie patty and add your favorite toppings and condiments, such as lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and onions. You can also switch up the patty by adding mushrooms, beans, nuts, and even quinoa. If you’re looking to add a little extra flavor, try adding some hummus or vegan cheese.
A classic veggie burger is also great because it’s so easy to transport. Simply store it in a plastic container or wrap it in a paper towel, and you’re good to go. That means you can enjoy it right at the beach or even take it home to eat later.
Another great benefit of a classic veggie burger is that it’s packed with vitamins and minerals. Many veggie burgers are loaded with vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and iron, making them a healthy option for beachgoers. Plus, you don’t have to worry about unhealthy additives like hormones and antibiotics found in traditional hamburgers.”
Linda Chester is the founder of The Health Hour. She
believes that fitness isn’t just an experience but an actual lifestyle. Linda Chester gives her take on various health and fitness topics on this blog.
“One great vegan food to bring to the beach is a fresh fruit salad.
To make this refreshing dish, start by choosing a variety of colorful fruits such as watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple. Wash and cut the fruits into bite-sized pieces and toss them together in a large bowl. For added flavor, you can sprinkle some fresh mint leaves or a squeeze of lime juice over the top.
If you want to switch things up, you could also bring along some vegan dips and spreads, such as hummus or guacamole, paired with some crunchy veggies like sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, and carrots for dipping. To make the guacamole, mash up some ripe avocados and mix in diced tomatoes, onions, garlic, and lime juice. For the hummus, blend chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and a drizzle of olive oil in a food processor until smooth.
Another tasty vegan option is a quinoa salad, which is both filling and nutritious. To make this salad, cook quinoa according to package instructions and let it cool. Then, mix in diced tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, chopped parsley, and a squeeze of lemon juice. You can also add some roasted chickpeas for extra protein and crunch. If you want to make it more filling, you can add some avocado or tofu cubes as well.
If you’re looking for a sweet treat, vegan energy balls are perfect for snacking on at the beach. These easy no-bake snacks can be made with ingredients like oats, dates, nuts, and coconut. Simply blend the ingredients together in a food processor until a dough-like consistency is formed, then roll into small balls. You can customize the flavor by adding cocoa powder, peanut butter, or dried fruit.
Overall, there are plenty of delicious vegan options to bring to the beach. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, there’s something for everyone. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to find your favorite beach snacks.”
Anton Radchenko is a travel expert and co-founder at Air Advisor. They run a socially useful company helping passengers to collect up to $700 in-flight compensation for disruptions of any kind.
“Ours is a savory family, and the choice we always prefer is the classic sandwich.
Whether we add meat and veggies, lettuce is a must to keep it fresh. Then, we generally pack sliced tomatoes in a separate bag to add on later, considering everyone’s preferences. I simply love this not only because it is minimal but also because it always reminds me of home, even when I pack one alone.”
Jenny is a health coach and nutrition nut with a bachelor’s degree in Science. She believes living an organic and natural lifestyle is healthier for you and your family and better for the environment.
“Look no further than these tasty and nutritious options that are perfect for packing up in your cooler and enjoying under the sun!
- First up is the Chicken Tortilla, a delicious wrap filled with shredded chicken, cheese, and your choice of veggies for a satisfying and energy-boosting meal on the go. Or, try swapping out the tuna in your favorite salad recipe for chickpeas to create a Chickpea Salad that hits all the same flavor notes without the fishy taste or smell.
- Hard Boiled Eggs are another great option for a quick and filling beach snack. Just peel them in advance and enjoy them warm or cold for a protein-packed boost that will keep you going all day long.
- If you’re looking for a refreshing and flavorful dip to pair with your favorite veggies, try making your own Hummus in just 5 minutes with your food processor instead of buying store-bought.
- And for a sweet and savory salad option, whip up a Watermelon Feta Salad featuring the classic combo of watermelon and cucumbers, topped off with feta cheese, mint, and a simple vinaigrette dressing.”
Andrew Meyer is the CEO of Arbor, a company that acts as a digital energy advisor that automatically lowers your electric rate and carbon footprint by switching your home or apartment to cheaper and cleaner energy sources.
“Who doesn’t love watermelon in the summer?
Turn it into a meal by cutting it into cubes and adding cucumbers, red onion, feta cheese, and mint. Then toss it lightly with a simple vinaigrette such as olive oil and red wine vinegar. It’s the perfect refreshing summer salad to bring to the beach.”
Claire Onidi is a French food lover and passionate about pastries! She started Jugofeed in 2022 to share recipes with her family and friends.
“If I’m going to the beach, I love to enjoy a good grilled kabob. Especially if the beach has fire pits for cooking.
I like to use shrimp for my kabobs because it travels easily and doesn’t get meat juices everywhere. Plus, nothing feels more summery than seafood!
Here’s my simple shrimp kabob recipe:
- 1 pound fresh or frozen shrimp
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1/2 red onion
- 1 zucchini
- 1 small sweet potato
- Thyme, black pepper, cumin, and garlic salt, to taste
- 1 tbsp olive oil
All you have to do is cut the vegetables into bite-sized pieces. Toss them with olive oil and seasonings. Then, skewer the shrimp and vegetables onto wooden skewers.
Fire up the grill and cook the skewers until the vegetables are soft and the shrimp is opaque.
If you’re taking this recipe to the beach, you can pack the skewers in a heavy-duty freezer bag. Then, cook them on a gas grill or a fire when you get there!”
Tim Lee is the founder of Tim’s Coffee where he shares his passion for all things coffee. He is a nutritionist and a coffee expert who’s had the pleasure of traveling around the world and sampling a wide variety of coffee drinks.
“Sunshine, the ocean breeze, and a coffee-infused tropical fruit salad can be the ultimate trio that you didn’t know you need for a perfect day at the beach. You get to have something delicious, refreshing, and nutritious at the same time, tropical fruit salad with a twist.
It’s possible to take the same old fruit salad to a whole new level of yumminess by adding a hint of coffee flavor. To say it can be the best of both worlds won’t be too far-fetched.
Imagine enjoying a bowl of juicy pineapple and sweet mango along with other vibrant fruits while basking in the sun with waves crashing nearby. What makes this more special is the extra zing that a coffee-infused dressing can bring here.
The fruit salad can give you that much-needed energy boost needed for an energetic beach day. It’s a guilt-free food that is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Plus, it’s really easy to whip up and will be enjoyed by people of all ages. Your taste buds will thank you!”
Jim started HoneymoonGoals.com while planning his own honeymoon to help others find the information they need for their perfect getaway. An avid traveler, Jim has been to over 25 countries, and his next travel goal is to visit all 50 states.
“I love a good Nachos Supreme on the beach. It’s not just that it’s delicious and satisfying — it’s also easy to make, so you can focus on relaxing and enjoying your time off.
I always bring along a big bag of tortilla chips, some shredded cheese (or shredded cheddar), some salsa, and tomatoes. I like to use the smaller bags of tortilla chips in this case because they’re lighter and easier to carry around than a big bag. I also want something easy to eat — the small bags are perfect for this!
Then, when we get to the beach, all we need to do is heat up our nacho toppings in a pan on the grill or fire pit until they’re warm enough to melt the cheese on top. That’s it!
We have our own personalized version of Nachos Supreme without having to go out and buy it from a restaurant or concession stand — and it tastes just as good as if we did!”
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Jas Banwait Gill is the Growth Manager of SwagMagic, a global corporate swag platform that allows organizations to create their own branded swag store or send pre-curated
swag kits anywhere in the world.
“While I love eating fresh fruit, after sitting in a tote under the hot sun for a few hours, it can become rather unappealing.
So I head to the beach with a few bags of dried fruit. And whether these are beets-and-berries smoothie melts or mango-and-pineapple freeze-dried bites, these healthy snacks are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Dried orange and apple chips are excellent alternatives to typical salty snacks, while dried coconut crisps are packed with healthy fat to help fuel your summertime activities.”
If you’re headed out for a day on the beach, these beach food ideas are convenient yet tasty options that will keep your whole group satisfied throughout the day. Forgot to pack snacks? No worries. Stop by your local Edible Arrangements® Store for some delicious satisfying treats, from delicious fruit smoothies to fresh fruit salad cups and more.