Beach Bag Snacks

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Hooray, summer is here at last! It is time to escape to your favorite water spot with a bag packed with some good reading material and a towel. Whether your swimming spot is a beach, a bay, a lake or a pool, it's always important to pack beach snacks as well! Is it just me, or does everyone else get hungry after a bracing dip into the ocean?

Snacks at the beach must be practical, there is not a lot of sand free preparation space. Foods that melt or leave a mess on the hands and face are best left at home. Don't load up on foods that give you a food baby (aka bloating) or attract those always hungry, vulture-like seagulls.

So what's in my bag? Fruits are the best! Fruit is light, hydrating and pretty sexy when eaten with a bit of dramatic flair. Plus, fruit will not make you feel bloated. My top 5 fruits for the beach are watermelon, sliced apples, pineapple, grapes and pears. They are all super refreshing when packed in a cooler with ice.

If you need something on the salty side, choose nuts over chips. Nuts are not nearly as greasy and they pack a protein punch that will make you feel full.

Don't forget to pack a water bottle and please, no no no to full course meals! It's the beach, I mean really....

Springtime Tips to Drink More Water

Spring is here!

With the temperatures rising make sure you’re getting your daily doses of water. Here are some tips to help you drink more water!

MORNING CUP: Drink a glass as soon as you wake up.

DRINK BEFORE EACH MEAL: Drink a glass 30 minutes before every meal. Not only will you stay hydrated but you’ll eat less too!

CUT CAFFEINE: Caffeine can affect the body’s water balance. By cutting caffeinated beverages you will help your body stay hydrated.

EAT FRUITS AND VEGETABLES: Remember that fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water! Consuming your daily dose will help and improve the body’s water balance.

FLAVOR IT: Add a lemon wedge or a slice of cucumber to enhance the water’s flavor.

BOTTLE IT: Carry around bottled water. By having water near and around you, you’d unconsciously drink more water. You’ll save time, money and the environment in using a re-useable water bottle. Finding a fun bottle can also encourage you to drink more water!

THIS WEEK’S TIP

Keep track of how many glasses of water you have per day. Try to increase your water intake each day!