10 Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Nut-Free Snacks to Bring to the Beach
A gentle breeze. Making sandcastles with friends. Reading a good book by the glimmering waves. The cacophony of seagulls fighting over a hotdog bun. One of the best parts of summer is taking a beach day, leaving office work and stress at home for the lull of the ocean. A perfect beach day calls for the perfect treat. Listed below are 10 delicious vegan, gluten free, and nut free snacks that you can take to the beach, sure to satisfy anyone you bring along.
Please be sure to keep in mind that this list is mostly concerned with snacks that are vegan, gluten free, and nut free, as well as snacks that are free of most common allergens. Some snacks may still have more specific allergens that may need to be addressed.
1. Edamame Beans with Salt
Edamame beans, or young soybeans, with salt are a truly delectable treat, and can be found in most grocery stores, like Safeway, Target, and others. For home preparation, simply unfreeze previously frozen edamame beans in their shells, and sprinkle them with a bit of flaky salt. Take the edamame beans to the beach in a tupperware box or something similar, and be sure to dispose of the shells once you have finished.
2. Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate is a rich, creamy treat that is perfect at curbing the salt and grit of a long beach day. There are many brands available that are completely vegan, including the newly released Hershey’s Signature Oat Made Classic Dark bar, linked here, and Purdy’s 100% Cacao Organic Vegan Dark Chocolate Bar with Cocoa Nibs, linked here. Feel free to freeze squares of the chocolate before for a refreshing sweet snack.
3. Frozen Grapes
Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Take your grape of choice: red, green, cotton candy, whatever your favorite is, and place it in a small ziploc bag. Pop the bag in the freezer for at least a couple of hours, and have a great simple dessert for a hot day!
4. Olive Oil Popcorn
Made of only three ingredients, popcorn, olive oil, and salt, this crunchy snack is sure to appeal to the palate of any beach goer. Not only is it organic, vegan, and gluten free, but it can also be found across a variety of stores, with the tastiest version available at Trader Joe’s. If you are allergic to oils aside from olive oil, please be sure to check the label to make certain that the only oil in the popcorn is olive oil.
5. Cape Cod Potato Chips
Yes, the extremely popular Cape Cod original potato chips ARE vegan, gluten and nut free. Moreover, many of the other flavors produced by Cape Cod also fall into this category, such as Sweet & Spice Jalapeno and Sea Salt & Vinegar. Cape Cod chips are great for pairing with some ranch or dip, and can be found in a variety of chain grocery stores, like Safeway, Harris Teeter, and more.
6. Primal Kitchen Vegan Ranch with Carrot Sticks and Celery
A widely enjoyed American food is ranch, often consumed with celery and carrot sticks. For a vegan, gluten and soy free alternative, Primal Kitchen’s Vegan Ranch is sure to satiate even the most picky eaters. Dip cauliflower, carrots, celery, cucumbers, and more into the ranch – it makes eating vegetables less of a chore and more of an enthralling activity.
7. Apple Sauce
Applesauce may seem like a childish snack, but it is really meant for everyone: babies, teens, and adults galore. Our choice for an allergen-friendly and vegan applesauce is the Thrive Market applesauce, which doesn’t contain any added sweeteners or preservatives. Grab a spoon and eat up!
8. Crackers and Hummus
A classic that people reach for again and again is crackers and cheese. Mary’s Gone Crackers are definitely tried and true, and Lilly’s Hummus is hummus based on well-sourced and clean ingredients. Both options are vegan, gluten free, and nut free, though they do contain soy and sesame oil or seeds.
Another simple snack that is both easy to find and easy to pack are olives. Again, the flavor and type is perfectly up to you and your taste, but our pick is the Star Pimiento Stuffed Manzanilla Olives. Packing a satisfying crunch and major flavor, these olives are vegan, gluten free, nut free, and all around awesome.
10. Hippeas Bohemian BBQ
Crunchy. Smoky. Heavenly. Hippeas’ Bohemian Barbecue chickpea puffs are one of a kind, both serving up major flavor and satiety in one go. Completely vegan, nut free, and gluten free, these puffs will delight the senses of any who try them, and are inclusive to all different kinds of people. Stay munching!