Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How I plan to keep it Clean on my BEACH vacation !!

We are headed to the beach for some fun in the sun!! This year we are meeting friends at the beach and we are flying into South Carolina and not driving! So once I have to pack smart and plan to shop when we get there !!
 There is nothing worse than a sand-filled, sun-melted snack at the beach. But since those ocean waves and fresh salty breezes really work up an appetite, it is usually a smart idea to pack a snack, even if you just are headed for a quick jaunt to the shore. Here are seven beach-approved, healthy snacks to stash alongside your beach blanket and sunscreen!
Here are some healthy snacks I have on my shopping list!!

Beach Day: 7 Healthy Snacks to Pack

1. Citrus. Out of all of my beach fruit-snacking experiences, citrus remains the most successful. It not only has a sturdy, sand and sun-blocking rind and a sweet flavor, but it is incredibly juicy and hydrating. And unlike bringing along water bottles or cans, the container, aka rind, is 100% biodegradable. Plus citrus is rich in fiber and vitamin C, so it will fill you up and give you a free, radical, antioxidant-fighting boost.

2. Banana. Bananas are another sand-proof and sun-proof fruit. They have a convenient rind that peels easily away for snacking success. Plus that instant energy boost from fruit carbohydrates will energize your body. Bananas are also rich in potassium — an electrolyte that helps you stay hydrated. Bananas are a good source of fiber and easily digested. Bring along a peanut butter or almond butter squeeze pack and crackers to pair with your banana if you want a heftier snack.

3. Salted Nuts. Nuts are a good choice if you are looking for some sustainable fuel to last your beach day. They provide healthy fats, protein — and salted varieties provide sodium — which may be lost during sweating and exercise down by the shore. For best results snack on your salted nuts alongside a tall bottle of water — this will help hydrate your body instead of leaving you feeling thirsty.

4. Snack Bag Crackers. There is nothing wrong with packing a snack bag of crackers for your beach adventures. Choose whole grain or seed-filled crackers for more nutrients and fiber. Crackers offer complex carbohydrate energy, yet are easily digestible. Enjoy with a beverage since crackers can be quite drying. I love Food Should taste good chips !!

5. Frozen Coconut Water. My favorite on-the-beach sip is half-frozen coconut water. I stick a tetra pack of coconut water in the freezer overnight and bring it frozen to the beach. By the time I am ready to chug it, it is half-thawed and still totally chilled. Delicious! And so hydrating since coconut water is rich in electrolytes and has more potassium than a banana.

6. Veggies! Good old fashion veggie sticks may sound boring “inside” but step out on the beach and you may find juicy, crispy, nutrient-infused veggie sticks oddly appealing. Stash some sliced cucumbers, radishes, carrots, celery, jicama, and more in a plastic baggie along with some ice. The ice will help keep those sticks cool by the time you are ready to munch. Bring along an almond butter snack pack to pair with those veggies — especially the celery! Bonus: unlike sliced fruit, veggies do not ‘brown’ and oxidize in a baggy.
Tip: pack with a lemon slice  or toss in lemon juice to keep your veggies extra crisp and fresh.

7. Shakeology! I pack a frozen water or add water to our cooler! All you need is a shaker cup and a packet and you have a healthy lunch or snack !!

We are off and as always I have a plan!! I will take my workout DVDs and do them from my laptop! And with T25 I didn't have to pack anything but my bands!!

 I love to walk on the beach and of course swim in the ocean! So I will get plenty of active rest! I have a good book to read and my SPF!! I think I am all set.
Are you headed out for a beach vacation? Worried how you can stay on track?
Hope this helps !!
 XO Sara Stakeley

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