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Learn to snack better at the beach
by Laurel |  Jul 23, 2013

There is nothing more perfect in the summertime than sitting a beach chair in the sand, grabbing a good book, enjoying a few drinks and of course showing off a new swim suit. However, one aspect of a great beach day that can bring the experience down is sandy or soggy snacks. Adding to this hassle is every girl's desire to eat healthy, especially when lounging around with a bare midriff. 

Here are a few snack ideas that will help fill you up - without feeling bloated.

Popcorn perfected
Popcorn is a great choice when it comes to snack foods. Not only is the treat simple to make, but it's relatively harmless in terms of calories and fat content. The experts at Woman's Day decided to go the extra mile to create popcorn with more filling ingredients.

For this take on the classic, you'll need 1 bag of light microwave popcorn, 1 1/2 cups chopped dried mixed fruit - such as apples, apricots, peaches and cranberries - 1/4 cup coarsely chopped whole almonds and 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. 

Create the mixture by popping the popcorn according to the package and then blending it in a large bowl with the remaining ingredients. Toss all items until they're mixed well and pour the popcorn delight into a large sealable bag to toss into your bliss large blue tote beach bag. 

Veggie mix
Summer is one of the best times to enjoy fresh produce, as most of these delicious and nutritious fruits and veggies are in season stateside. I always pick peppers, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers from my garden to snack on at the beach, and you might want to as well. According to the Huffington Post, cutting these and other vegetables as well as bringing along a mix of fruits such as watermelon, oranges, honeydew melon and strawberries will help satisfy your hunger pangs while also helping to keep you hydrated.

Drinking plenty of water at the beach can be important, since sitting under the hot sun for hours or opting to play beach volleyball can dehydrate you faster than hanging out indoors. On the same note, avoiding saltier snacks such as pretzels or salted nuts is a must, since these items can actually speed up dehydration. 

Regal roll-ups
While snacks can help keep your stomach full for awhile, if you're planning to hang at the beach well into late afternoon, you might also want to pack something more substantial. According to Woman's Day, bringing a few roll-ups can do the trick.

For the baked ham and Swiss roll-ups, you'll need 1 pound of pizza dough, thawed, 1/2 pound thinly sliced ham, 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard, 1/4 pound thinly sliced Swiss cheese and 1/2 a small onion, thinly sliced.

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees and then line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, roll out the dough into a large circle and spread the mustard all over the dough. From here, cut the dough into 8 triangles and then divide up the cheese, ham and onions evenly in each. Starting at the wide end of the triangle, start to roll the dough to create a crescent-like shape. 

Place the roll-ups on the baking sheet and cook them for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're golden brown. These delicious sandwiches are sure to taste great after a long swim.

With your food choices sorted out, it's important to remember to back a few other key items. A chic sun hat is always a must, as is a huge bottle of supergoop! spf 30+ sunscreen mist with vitamin C to protect your skin and prevent painful sunburns. 

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