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Watch Out for the Gulls

August 23, 2011 by Kenton Delisle

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So, I’m off to spend a day building sand castles and exploring the ecosystem of the beach with my niece and nephews this weekend.  Sweet!

So, what to pack? Going through my mental checklist, “towel, football, volleyball, sunscreen…all good. What else…food! What am I going to eat?" As both an uncle and a dietitian, I want to bring food that’s both fun and healthy for us to share. I will pack a cooler bag of food and drinks that will keep me going for the day (trying to keep up with the niece and nephews).

It seems like a good opportunity to make something. Finger food will make it easy, fun and satisfying.

One of my easy ‘go-to’ meals that keeps well and is very sharable is hummus (I add a bit of cumin to mine) with pita (cut into wedges to make it easier to eat on the beach) and vegetables to dip (carrots and celery do it for me).

Mmmmm, hummus.

It’s a great alternative to chips and salty snacks with the crunch of the veggies and the taste amplifying citrus in the hummus. We’ll need something a little heartier if we’re going to spend the whole day at the beach. I still want finger food…I know, kebabs!! Polynesian pork kebabs to be specific. I can make them ahead and chill them in the fridge so they won’t warm up my cooler. It is important to remember food safety, especially on outings.

Before I head out for the beach I grab a few large re-usable bottles of water half filled with ice to quench our thirst. We should be set for a day of adventure with happy full tummies.

Just remember…watch out for the gulls!

What do you pack on your outings?

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