How to Save Money on Your Next Beach Day
Going to the beach for the the weekend gets really expensive. Between tolls, gas, parking, and beer, you can rack up a hefty bill. Here are some tips on snacks you can bring to the beach to save some money on eating out.
- PB&B - While a PB&J is one of my favorite foods, just 1 tbsp of grape jelly has 16 grams of sugar! On an average PB&J I would usually use between 2 & 3 tbsp of jelly, equaling out to 32 to 48 grams of sugar! Using a banana instead of jelly is a great option. It’s also super cheap. A banana costs about 54 cents a pound. Buy a big jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread, and you have about 10 meals. Plus, this is easy to tote in a cooler or backpack. AND best of all, it’s not sticky!
Check out this quick PB&B “taco” recipe.
- Hummus and Veggies - It’s easy to snack on the wrong stuff at the beach. When you’re just laying around in the sun, it’s hard to put down the pretzels. So bring out the garbanzo and veggies instead. This low mess snack food is filling and nutritious. Plus eating foods with a lot of water in them like cucumbers, bell pepper, or celery keeps you hydrated.
- Frozen Grapes - Freeze your grapes for a cool refreshing snack. Grapes don’t turn rock hard when frozen. In fact, they are surprisingly easy to eat. Freezing grapes also helps them last longer making it a great way to save the grapes that are starting to soften. Grapes also help level out our pH/blood sugar levels and are full of water. Making them another hydrating summer snack.
- Tomato Pie - This may be a regional snack, but it’s great on the go and you can buy it by the lice. Tomato pie (image here) is simply a Sicilian pizza without cheese served cool. You can buy a whole pie or a slice from the bakery, pizzeria, or make your own before coming.
- 3 Bean Salad - combine 3 types of beans with chopped vegetables such as onions, bell pepper, and celery. Then add red wine vinegar and seasoning of choice. (suggested: parsley, oregano, garlic, etc)
Put salad in a big tupperware and enjoy a hearty salad full of protein.