A trip to the beach is incomplete without a picnic. Pack lunch or a few snacks that your kids will enjoy and are healthy for the eyes by including some of these ideas.
Healthy Snacks for the Beach
If your kids are less than keen to eat their veggies, make the classic beach snack of carrot sticks more interesting by turning them into carrot chips using this recipe from Chow. A healthy alternative to potato chips, carrots contain a high level of vitamin A, a nutrient that is essential for good vision.
Orange and Hazelnut Muffins
Receive all the benefits from your favorite citrus fruit with these delectable snack muffins made from hazelnut flour, which is loaded in essential fats, fiber, and protein. Cooking Light shares a recipe that will allow you to get the most out of the antioxidants in oranges and protect your kids’ eyes from damaging free radicals.
This combination of flavors is a great way to encourage your kids to eat berries and pumpkin seeds. Packed with zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C, these ingredients promote healthy eyes by protecting you from diseases like age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Almonds are a great source of vitamin E and zinc, once again helping to decrease your risk of AMD. No kid will be able to resist this delicious treat, which combines the tastes of sweet honey and spicy chipotle chile powder. Cooking Light provides a recipe that involves heating the almonds on a stovetop, rather than baking in the oven, to speed up the cooking process. Best of all, you can prepare the snack a few days in advance and store it in an airtight container, keeping the almonds fresh and ready to eat when you hit the beach.
Another way to take care of your kids’ eyes while at the beach is to ensure that they always wear sunglasses. You can find a range of styles, including polarized designs to reduce glare from the water and sand as well as sporty styles for active kids, all in the Real Kids collection.