Picnic Basket: At the Beach

When planning a picnic on the beach there are a few things you want to remember. Like, there is sand, and salt and a lot of it. Therefore bringing things that can be eaten with minimal utensil usage, things that have less moisture to attract wind-blown sand, or keeping wet foods covered are all good rules to abide by when planning your day at the beach. Below are some suggestions on how to make the most out of your day at the beach, pack in the flavor, while keeping your food free of unwanted seasonings.

Charcuterie with a Crusty Baguette:  Cold cuts and cheese accompanied by a fresh crusty, soft and chewy baguette is a great option and can be eaten without utensils. Just rip off a piece of bread, spread some cheese (okay so maybe you'll need 1 knife), and top with meat of choice. Need some ideas? Check out, How to Arrange a Charcuterie Plate.

Wraps: If meats and cheeses aren't your thing, wraps are another fabulous choice. The tortilla keeps the contents protected and that way you can fill it with anything you want! Try this Cobb Salad Wrap Recipe, Summer Shrimp and Mango Salsa Lettuce Wrap Recipe , or a West Indian-Style Channa Wrap.

Crudites: If you're looking to add more vegetables to your diet, fresh pre-cut vegetables and grape tomatoes are a great way to get your fill of veggies and can easily be eaten with hands or toothpicks.

Fruit (whole or juiced):  Fruit can be tricky as it's typically very high in water content and therefore a easy prey for sand. Solution? Bring whole fruits that are protected by their skin or bottled it up by making a fresh fruit juice. Craving watermelon? Fresh squeeze it for a refreshing beverage or try this Mint Julep Juice Recipe. You could even add some mint and cucumber to your watermelon juice if that tickles your fancy.

Water: With all the salt, sun, and sand the beach can be a dehydrating place. That's why stocking up with some fresh water is a great way to feel revitalized on the beach and remain hydrated later that day. Your future self will thank you. If you aren't a huge fan of water without a little kick, try this Lemon Water Recipe.

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