Healthy Beach Snacks that Won’t Break Your Budget

After a long morning of relaxing on the beach, you’ll want an easy snack to keep up your energy for more sunbathing and body surfing!

In order to save time, money, and calories, planning out healthy snacks is an important part of your beach vacation. Keep reading for our suggestions for both healthy and easy beach snacks.

Fruit: Ah, is there anything more refreshing than fresh fruit on the beach? Grapes, watermelon, apples, and kiwi are just a few of our favorites! You can even pre-cut it the night before so you’re all ready to go in the morning. Pack these wholesome treats in a small container to keep the beach eco-friendly!

Nuts: Fruit and nuts go hand in hand. Nuts are the perfect source of healthy fat, plus, all you have to do is throw them in your bag and go for an easy beach snack!

Rice Cakes: Rice cakes are so versatile and healthy, hence why we love taking these fluffy air-filled rounds to the beach. Spread hummus on them for a savory snack, or peanut butter and fruit to satisfy a sweet tooth in a healthy way! With only 7 grams of carbs each, you can’t go wrong with snacking on rice cakes. Just pack a few in an airtight container to prevent them from going stale and you’re golden.

Wholesome crisps: Have you heard of kale chips? Trust us, they’re actually really good! Thin, crispy kale is air dried and dusted with loads of nutrients your body craves. Plus, they come in their own airtight packaging so you all you have to do in toss them in your beach tote and off you go! Super simple!

Granola Bars: It can be quite tricky to pick the right granola bar, as many on the market are loaded with unnecessary sugar and additives. Be sure to check the label for bars that contain few ingredients, low sugar/natural sweeteners, and a healthy balance of carbs and fat. Again, they come in their own sealed package, so all you have to do is toss them in your bag and set off on your beach day.

Hopefully this post gave you some ideas for what to bring along on your next beach day! What snacks do you swear by on the beach? We’re all ears for new suggestions!

Recipes Perfect for a Day at the Beach

You’ve found your perfect spot on the beach for the day, put on your sunscreen, set up the chairs and settled in. But then your stomach growls. Instead of going back to the house for something to eat (and missing prime tanning time), we’ve put together some beach-friendly recipes that can easily be stored in a cooler until your ready to for a mid-vacation day snack. These easy-to-prepare and easier-to-eat recipes will have your stomach full in no time and let you carry on with your beach day interruption free:


Martha Stewart understands how easy wraps can be to make and to eat. They’re perfect for a beach day too! Her Mediterranean Chicken Wrap only takes 10 minutes to prepare and is a healthy way to stay full all day. Fresh chicken, olive tapenade and artichoke hearts combined with your toes in the ocean will take your vacation to the next level of luxury.

A California Turkey Wrap is another easy and healthy solution to the age-old questions of, “Mom, I’m hungry, what’s for lunch?” Don’t worry about bringing the sandy and salty kids in for a meal. This recipe is easy, delicious, and healthy. Worried the kids might not be crazy about the avocado? Leave it off. We’re pretty sure they’d be fine with turkey and bacon before hitting the waves again.


What better snack to have at the beach than a big bowl of fresh fruit? If you want to get your tropical vacation on, you should definitely try the Ginormous Fruit Salad Surprise. The combination of fresh blueberries and cucumbers is perfect for a summer treat that will help you beat the heat. Make a fresh bowl and refrigerate it overnight before hitting the beach in the morning, and you’ll have a refreshing cold treat all day.

For a salad with a little more sustenance but the same amount of refreshment, try the Spinach and White Bean Salad with Orange and Grapefruit. This citrus filled salad only takes 15 minutes to prepare and is loaded with healthy ingredients to keep you full until dinner time. The cannellini beans combined with grapefruit is the best combination of sweet and savory while you’re soaking up the sun.

Easy Bites

If you’re not completely sold on eating an entire lunch on the beach, maybe you just want some fresh and easy snacks to get you by. Watermelon Feta Bruschetta is easy to make and even easier to eat since it comes on skewers. Surprise all your friends and family with this pretty (and healthy) treat. Fresh watermelon drizzled with a balsamic reduction and fresh mint will take your beach day from “where’s the beachball?” to “where’s my butler?”.

If you’re just looking for something easy for everyone to enjoy, look no further than this Beach Bum Chex Mix. Perfect for younger kids and adults who are too busy having fun to sit down and properly eat a lunch, this Chex mix is a great grab and go snack. Goldfish crackers make it a fun theme for the little ones, and the dry ranch dressing mix packs it with flavor. When you’re just needing something easy and quick, this is definitely the go-to that will be loved by your entire beach crew.

One last suggestion for your beach-friendly recipes and snacks: pack your to-go recipes in reusable containers instead of plastic bags that can blow away and liter the beach!