Snacks are essential for summertime — just like SPF, hip sunglasses, and that cute bathing suit you’ve been eyeing up since winter. And when there’s a pool or beach involved, we need snacks that are convenient, mess-free and good for the waistline. We’ve rounded up six better-for-you summer snack ideas to stuff in the pool or beach bag so there’s no missing any moments of sunshine.

1. Plant Snacks – Grain-Free Cassava Root Chips

Skip the chips and indulge in grain-free cassava root chips from Plant Snacks! Plant Snacks are vegan, free of big 8 allergens (milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy), Non-GMO verified, certified gluten free, corn free, and have no added sugar. These delicious snacks are available in 6 yummy flavors. Perfect for poolside munchin’ if you ask us.

2. Ready To Thrive! – Ready to Blend Frozen Smoothie Packs

Keep cool with Ready To Thrive’s all-natural ready to blend frozen smoothie packs! Their smoothies come in five different flavor combos that feature superfood ingredients and no added sugars or preservatives. Before you head out to the pool, quickly add the ingredients, milk or water of your choice, and blend away! It’s that easy and will help keep you cool and refreshed on a hot summer day.

3. Crispy Fruit Snacks – Freeze-Dried Fruit

Sick of your fresh fruit getting squished in your bag? So are we. That’s why we’ll be packing freeze-dried Crispy Fruit snacks from Crispy Green!  Crispy Green’s freeze-dried fruit snacks are literally one ingredient — the fruit itself! (how cool is that?) These Non-GMO Project Verified snacks come in 7 delicious flavors and are so great for poolside snacking that you might have to share…

4. SuperPop Snacks – Nut Butter Protein Bars

Super Pop! *cue NSYNC’s Dirty Pop song*  SuperPop Snacks, made with popped quinoa, will have your tastebuds buzzing for more! SuperPop’s nut butter protein bars are made with organic, Non-GMO, clean ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, sugar alcohols, or preservatives. Be the hero of the pool day and snag a few for your friends. Even your dog will be asking for a bite. 😉

5. Munk Pack – Plant-Based Protein Cookies

Protein lovers.. we’ve got a treat for you! Sometimes it’s tough to find snacks with high protein, but Munk Pack’s protein cookies can solve that problem. Munk Pack’s products are powered with 18g of plant protein (and also gluten-free, YAY!), making these cookies a delicious source of feel-good, balanced nutrition. Who wouldn’t want to snack on great tasting, high-protein, plant-based cookies?

6. FreeYumm – Allergy-Friendly Bars & Cookies

And if you can’t enjoy any of the snacks above due to allergies (aside from Plant Snacks), FreeYumm has you covered. All delicious FreeYumm products are free of the big 8+ allergens and are made in their dedicated allergen-free bakery and designed specifically to protect you, your family and your friends living with food allergies. All 7 delicious flavors are made with natural ingredients and contain no fillers, refined sugars, or preservatives. A snack for everyone to enjoy!

Pack the bag, and you’re ready to go!

Now all that’s left to do is pack these delicious, healthy snacks in your bag and you’re ready to go. Enjoy the sun, snacks and your summer!

– Gabriella Costantini

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