Spending a day on the water is fun but can quickly increase your appetite. Try these recipes for a salad, snack, entrée, and dessert to satisfy your hunger.
Spending a day on the water is a lot of fun. Boating, stand-up paddleboarding, swimming, seashell hunting, and building sandcastles are all activities kids love and adults never outgrow. However, all of that activity can quickly increase your appetite. Try these four delicious picnic recipes for a day on the water so your hunger is thoroughly satisfied as you spend time at the beach.
Salad: Watermelon Peach Salad
Watermelon and peach are both seasonal favorites, so why not pack them into a salad and head down to the water? When you’re taking a break from stand-up paddleboarding or seashell hunting, you can chow down on this refreshing salad. For this dish, you will need:
- 1 small seedless watermelon cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 yellow peaches, thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh mozzarella balls cut in half or ½ cup cubed feta
- ½ of a seedless cucumber, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Juice from 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons hand-torn mint
- Salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and keep refrigerated in a cooler until ready to serve.
Side or Snack: Curry Hummus
If you’re participating in watersports or just running after kids on the beach, you’ll need plenty of protein. Hummus is a great vegan protein, and adding curry gives it extra flavor. Here’s what you’ll need for this snack:
- 2 cans rinsed and drained chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup tahini
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 clove crushed garlic
- 1 ½ tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- Salt and cayenne pepper to taste
Pour all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Keep it in a cooler until you’re ready to eat. Serve with pita crackers, chips, vegetables, or anything else you desire.
Entrée: Personalized Tortilla Sandwiches
The main point of a picnic—no matter where you are—is the entrée. However, you don’t want the entrée to slow you down and take away time you could be spending in the water. Tortilla sandwiches are easy to personalize and perfect for grab-and-go. You will need:
- 1 8-inch flour tortilla per sandwich
- Toppings of choice, at least four per sandwich
Lay the tortilla flat on a plate or cutting board. Slice from the center of the tortilla to one edge. Lay one of your desired toppings on each fourth of the sandwich, such as a slice of tomato, shredded lettuce, deli turkey, and mayonnaise. Fold the bottom left fourth of the sandwich onto the top left fourth so the toppings touch. Fold that half onto the top right section of the tortilla, then fold those pieces onto the bottom right part of the tortilla. You can toast these tortilla sandwiches or serve as is.
Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls
After spending time cleaning your equipment to keep your stand-up paddleboard in good condition or chasing after your kids with sunscreen all day, you deserve a treat. Chocolate peanut butter oat balls are full of protein and fiber, so even your dessert is a healthy choice. For this treat, you will need:
- 1 cup quick or rolled oats
- ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
- ¼ cup smooth peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Salt to taste
- Optional: mini chocolate chips
Pour all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Use a cookie scoop to spoon out dough. Oil or wet hands to easily form the dough into balls. Refrigerate until serving.
We love these four delicious picnic recipes for a day on the water. No matter what body of water you’re visiting or which activities you’re doing, these hot summer days full of fun can quickly heighten your appetite. These recipes and others will help you feel satisfied and energetic despite the heat and activity.