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Healthy Summer Meal And Snack Ideas


Healthy Summer Meal And Snack Ideas

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Being prepared with food for the beach can make your day there so much more enjoyable, healthy, and less stressful (especially if you have kids!) Food you buy at the beach or pool tends to be expensive. Also, the food options are often limited to fried foods and sweets with a lack of nutrition and lean protein. Here are some delicious meal and snack ideas to get your cooler packed and ready. These healthy snack ideas include a balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fat, so you’re keeping your energy high for a fun day in the sun.

Fruit Infused Ice Water 

You probably know this, but hydration is extra important when playing and lounging in the heat. If plain water or plain seltzer gets boring for you, liven things up by adding frozen fruit cubes to your water. We love freezing grapes and watermelon to add flavor. Or, you can add slices of citrus fruit like lemon, lime, and oranges with plenty of ice cubes to a large water bottle or a water cooler dispenser. 

Whole Wheat Pasta Salad

Pasta salad holds up well and actually gets better with time, so you don’t have to worry about soggy sandwiches or salads. Include whole wheat pasta for some extra fiber, plus your favorite veggies, and protein-rich beans or a lean protein like tuna, and you have yourself a complete beach meal. We love this Rotini and Black Bean Salad from Epicurious or this Colorful Tuna Pasta Salad.

Tuna to Go

Lean protein options can be the more challenging piece of packing a portable beach-friendly lunch. We love that these Bumble Bee Seasoned Tuna Pouches come with a spoon and are already deliciously seasoned. Our favorite flavor is Chipotle, but they come in 6 other delicious flavors as well. Pack them up as your go-to protein source and enjoy straight from the pouch, paired with whole grain crackers (we love woven wheat crackers like Triscuits), or atop a green salad. You can even start with the simple flavors of albacore tuna or chunk light and incorporate your own flavors for any type of recipe.

Hummus & Veggies

Veggies are often missing from meals on the beach, so packing a variety of easy to eat crudité like carrot sticks, celery, grape tomatoes, snap peas, and cucumbers to dip in hummus or yogurt dip is a great way to get a cool crunch on the sand (and a fab alternative to chips!) Plus, most veggies are rich in water too, so you get extra hydration.

Caprese Skewers

Spear fresh mini mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves onto small bamboo skewers. This is a quick and easy way to turn a salad into finger food. Plus, you’re fitting in a serving of veggies and packing in protein from the cheese.

Watermelon Skewers

Chill cubes of watermelon and thread onto skewers for easy and fun eating at the beach! You can also freeze watermelon and add to freezer bags to use as edible ice cubes in your cooler.

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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

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