Sponsor Content

Five Ingredients For the Best Beach Cooler


A well-stocked cooler is just as much a part of the beach experience as the sun and sand. After all, the purpose of packing snacks and beverages is to spend as much time as you can down by the water, right? Here are five must-have (and utensil-free!) choices that will sustain you throughout the day.

1. A big staple? Several small bags of pre-washed summer produce like apple slices, grape bunches, and whole peaches or plums. (You get even more bonus points if you pick fruits that are really high in water content like strawberries or melon chunks.) When it comes to veggies, think about celery sticks, baby carrots, and cherry tomatoes — the more convenient they are to eat, the better.

2. Nuts are an excellent source of protein and heart-healthy fats, but remember to keep portions small (i.e. two small handfuls) or else the calorie count could spike. Almonds are a tasty low-cal choice, especially when raw, dry roasted, or non-candied. Meanwhile, nuts with shells, like pistachios, can help keep sodium levels in check.

3. Cheese cubes are a delicious, no-fuss way to sneak in some calcium. Choose relatively hard varieties like cheddar and Colby jack so they won’t lose shape over a couple of hours. (Tip: Don’t forget to throw in a sleeve of whole wheat crackers.)

4. Instead of heavy hoagies or sandwiches with fatty fixings and a strong chance of soggy bread, think about making mini wraps. Chill this avocado chicken wrap recipe for a light lunch that keeps its shape in the cooler —with just five ingredients, it’s a snap to make. Note: A few frozen packs positioned in the right spots (try the bottom, sides, and top) will keep everything cool.

5. The most important thing to pack in your cooler? Plenty of water to stay hydrated in the heat. Pre-freeze large bottles so they’ll stay chilled throughout the day — just remember to leave space in the bottle for expansion beforehand.

Find more information on how Independence Blue Cross can be a part of your plan for health and wellness.

Sponsor content is created for IBX by Philadelphia magazine as a marketing collaboration with IBX. This material is intended for reference and information only and should not be used in place of advice from a doctor or suitable qualified healthcare professional.