4 Things You Have to Pick Up From Trader Joe's Before You Hit the Beach
You’ve slipped into your swimsuit and slathered on some sunscreen. It’s almost time to enjoy some sand and sun, but you have just one more stop—Trader Joe’s—for the only four snacks you need for a day by the water.
Don’t fall for the high-priced bites and sugar-laden sodas from the beachside shacks. Stock up your cooler and backpack with plenty of flavorful and even healthy snacks so you won’t go hungry while you’re building sandcastles and soaking up some rays. These four must-have snacks and drinks from Trader Joe’s won’t melt, turn soggy, or become sticky in the sun’s heat.
Plop several bottles of Trader Joe’s Sparkling Mineral Water into your cooler right away for a refreshing, fizzy sip all day long. With a dozen flavors—from tropical pineapple to exotic starfruit—you can make every one of your beach buddies happy with some bubbly. A 1.25-liter bottle is only 99 cents, so don’t be shy with grabbing a few extra.
You can also use these waters as an effervescent base for a mixed drink when the snacking turns to cocktails. Add a splash of fruit juice and your favorite liquor for a refreshing sipper (here are some of our favorite sparkling water cocktail recipes).
One of the best things about Trader Joe’s—and there are many—is the multitude of fruit-and-nut mixes you can buy at reasonable prices (around $6 for a one-pound bag). Skip the snack options that have chocolate or yogurt-covered bits. They’ll just melt in the heat, and you don’t want them to turn soggy in a cooler either. Look for one of these favorites:
- The Omega Trek Mix, which comes pre-portioned in individual servings or as one large bag, serves up dried cranberries and a roasted nut blend.
- The Simply Almonds, Cashews, and Cranberries Mix is exactly what it says it is—no frills, just a healthy snack for your beachside bites.
- If you’d like a little more variety, reach for The Legendary Nut and Berry Mix, which packs in almonds, cranberries, raisins, cashews, blueberries, walnuts, and raspberries.
You can also DIY your own snack mix by combining bags of no-sugar added dried fruit and raw or roasted nuts. Empty each ingredient into a larger bag, give it a few shakes, and your custom blend is ready for the day.
Fruit and Veggies with Dips
Don’t spend a minute of your morning slicing apples or chopping celery. Pop by Trader Joe’s prepared produce section and pick up an assortment of ready-to-eat fresh fruits and vegetables. If your cooler has the space, pick up a container of dip or two, like the Hummus Quartet, which is less likely to spoil than a sour cream- or cream cheese-based dip if it’s out in the heat for a bit.
You can also grab a bag or two of frozen fruit. The frozen Berry Medley will stay cooler longer if space is tight in your cooler, and when the sun’s really strong, you’ll appreciate the extra chilly bite.
As a bonus, the natural water in the fruit and snacks will help you stay hydrated and cooled off when the temps start to rise.
In-Shell Roasted Salted Peanuts
Roasted peanuts might be reminiscent of baseball games, but it’s time you take them with you to the beach. The protective shells prevent the nuts from turning soggy or slimy in the sea air. Plus, the all-natural peanut shells are naturally biodegradable if a few blow down the beach while you snack. An eight-ounce bag is only $0.99, but it’s more than enough to keep your hungry hands busy all day.
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