Everybody loves to spend a day at the beach. They love the sun, sand, water, breeze, and enjoy relaxing. A picnic on the beach sounds like a great place to have lunch or dinner, but the same elements we all love about the beach, don’t always make much sense when it comes to food. A “sand”wich could take on a whole new meaning on the beach.
Enjoy the time on the beach and not roaming around looking for a bite to eat. And, save some money at the same time. Maybe one of these ideas will start a family tradition. Grab your picnic basket, spread a blanket and enjoy home cooking as tide rolls in! Here are a few suggestions for food that work well on the beach and in a cooler.
Grill skewers the night before. They wrap well and are easy to eat (utensil free) Let the kids select what they want on the skewer. This gets them involved in the kitchen and will make them look forward to eating on the beach the next day. Meat of any kind will do but why not try these shrimp skewers for your beach picnic.
Drinkable yogurts. Not too heavy so your tummy doesn’t hurt when swimming. No messing with a utensil and the cap allows unfinished yogurt to go back in the cooler for when the toddler is hungry again.
Wraps can easily take the place of a sandwich. They do well wrapped inside lettuce or a tortilla and the wrap provides a barrier for sand. Get creative with your wraps. (Pita bread with a crab salad filling tastes even better on the beach). Here is a favorite recipe of mine!
Veggies such as carrot slices, snap peas, and broccoli work well for a quick and healthy snack.
Drumsticks– easy to eat and a classic picnic favorite with everyone.
Hard boiled eggs keep well in a tupperware container so they don’t get smashed. And, no fork required.
Fruit is always refreshing at the beach, but avoid cut up fruit. It can get messy and the fruit juice is like a magnet to sand. And you will need utensils unless you want a bunch of fingers touching the food. Stick with fruits such as apples, peaches, grapes, etc. I always love to find my fruit at a local fruit stand near the beach.
Desserts can be tricky, but are always expected on a picnic. Snickerdoodles and sugar cookies are popular, here’s a recipe for a few of my favorites. Avoid anything with chocolate. (Everybody loves chocolate until it melts.) Again, Tupperware is great to prevent the cookies from crumbling.
Don’t forget to bring lots of water. Although this is not a food, it is important to stay hydrated while in the sun. Be sure to pick up your trash!
Baby wipes work well to remove any sand from your hands or to use as a napkin to wipe your face. Here is a favorite recipe of mine for homemade baby wipes.