Beach food for kids: ideas and recipes for great beach snacks for kids and beach friendly meals and picnic ideas.
Family days on the beach are great fun but they make kids so hungry, you need to make sure you are prepared!
The sea, sun, and stimulation from the beach environment turn my kids into voracious eaters and the quest and the packing of beach snacks, beach-ready meals and picnics are are at the center of my preparations before a day at the beach with the kids.
So today, I am delighted today to be sharing with you over 20 beach-friendly ideas that will make feeding your family on the go a little easier!
Below, you will find ideas for store-bought snacks for the beach, for those days when you cannot spend time preparing a homemade picnic of you are in a seaside hotel with no cooking facilities and I also share delicious and easy to make recipes for beach meals that area great for kids.
I hope they will help you in the planning of the perfect family beach day!
Additional resources can be found at the following links:
- What you need for a day at the beach with a baby
- Toddler beach essentials: beach must have and beach toys for toddlers
- Fabulous and practical beach bags for moms
- Great beach tents for kids to keep them safe from the sun
- Great water shoes for kids that are perfect for the beach
- Easy and healthy snacks for toddlers on the go
How to choose the best beach snacks for kids
When choosing a good beach snack for kids I look for the following:
Nutritious – my children are super active on the beach and use up a lot of energy so I need their snacks and meals to be good fuel for their endeavours!
Not too sugary – my kids adore sugary snacks but sugar doesn’t sustain them for long and may result in a lot of empty calories that leave little satisfaction and bring in little nutrition.
So, my favorite kids’ snacks for the beach have some sweetness in them but are not mostly sugar and hit a balance between kid-friendly taste and a healthy snack.
If I can’t hit that balance, portion control is key, I will not pretend we never go overboard with sugar!
Hydrating – The beach dries you and your kids up so hydrating snacks such as fruit and vegetables are useful, with water, to keep the hydration going.
Easy snacks for the beach: no-prep and store-bought snacks for kids
If you are short on time or you are on a family beach vacation with little access to cooking facilities, easy, no-prep and store bought snacks are your best friend for a stress free beach day.
Easy beach snacks for kids are:
Fruit: quartered apples, pears, bananas, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mangoes, grapes, dates etc.
Dried fruit: apricots, dried apple slices, raisins, figs etc.
Granola bars: especially if made with mixed grains, seeds and dried fruit
Cheese: string cheese packed or individually wrapped cheese like Babybel are a favorite with my two
Chopped vegetables: carrots, cucumbers, halved tomatoes, celery and fennels are go down well with my children, especially if dipped in hummus (keep in a cooler)
Most of these snacks can easily go into your beach bag.
Beach picnic ideas and make-ahead beach food recipes you’ll love
If you have access to a kitchen, then these are some delicious and easy to make homemade beach snacks and beach meal ideas that are perfect for kids.
These recipes come from a trustworthy group of fabulous food bloggers: click on each entry to get the full recipe!
Tip: make sure you have a good cooler bag for the beach so you can store these beach snacks at the most appropriate temperature.
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