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4 Beach 'Snack Hacks' for Summer

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(ABC) -- Summer beach season is here, and if the thought of lugging a cooler across feet of sand makes you want to head for the pool, have no fear.

Refinery29 Executive Food Editor Elettra Wiedemann appeared today on “Good Morning America” with easy and healthy snack options for the beach.

These "snack hacks" are travel-friendly so you don’t have to worry about sand ruining your snack and you won’t have to carry loads of supplies to and from the beach.

Pack these snacks in the morning and you’ll be ready for a healthy, hydrated and fun day at the beach.

Snack Hack 1: Fruit Slushies

Strawberry, Coconut, Ginger & Lemon Slushie

*Makes enough for two people.

1 cup quartered strawberries

1/2 cup raw coconut water

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 lemon, juiced

Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until totally liquefied. Pour contents evenly into two ziplock bags and place in the freezer overnight to freeze. Before heading to the beach, remove the frozen fruit bags from the freezer and throw them in your beach bag. By the time you are ready to consume, they will have turned into fruit slushies!

Snack Hack 2: Cucumber Boats

Cucumber Boat With Egg Salad

Slice a cucumber in half length-wise. Use a spoon to remove the seeds and hollow out the center. Fill with your favorite egg salad or tuna salad!

Snack Hack 3: Frozen Fruit Treats

The World's Easiest Watermelon 'Ice Pops'

*Makes 12 to 16 servings.

1 mini watermelon

Salt, lemon juice, or chili powder, optional

Popsicle sticks

Slice a mini watermelon across the equator, then slice into 1-to-2-inch rounds. Cut the rounds into fourths to make triangle-shaped slices. Spear each slice through the rind with a Popsicle stick. If you want to spice your pops up a bit, sprinkle the slices with salt, lemon juice, and/or chili powder. Cover and freeze until solid, about 4 to 6 hours.

Fruit Ice Cubes:

Sliced Strawberries

Sliced Kiwi

Raspberries

Blueberries

Mint Leaves

Lemon Wedges

Add sliced strawberry, sliced kiwi, blueberry, and raspberries to an ice tray. Mix flavors and fruits for different ice treats. Cover with water and freeze.

Snack Hack 4: Disposable Bowls

Watermelon Bowl:

1 cup cubed watermelon

1 cup of cubed or scooped cantaloupe

1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, chopped

To make the bowl, cut a small watermelon in half, lengthwise. Scoop out all the flesh, cube it, and set aside. Use a spoon to scrape the inside of the watermelon rind so that it is as “clean” as possible. The cleaned out watermelon halves will be your bowls.

Combine all the ingredients and transfer into the other “watermelon bowl.” Wrap with saran wrap and refrigerate.

Pepper Cup:

1 large yellow, red, orange, or green bell pepper

1 large spoonful of hummus

Celery sticks

Carrot sticks

Slice the top of the pepper off as close to the top as possible to create a little lid or pepper “hat.” Spoon hummus into the bottom of the pepper and then stick in celery and carrot sticks. Cover with the pepper top until ready to eat.

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