Corn dogs, funnel cakes, fudgy sundaes: Beach snacks aren't exactly known to be health food. But when hunger strikes, these are your best bets, courtesy of nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, R.D.
11 A.M. SNACK: BAKED PRETZEL
Big, doughy pretzels have carbs, yes, but if you're splashing in the ocean and walking around all day, you'll need 'em: Skimping on Cs tends to make you crave sugar-laden foods later. Pretzels have less fat and grease than fries, but brush off the salt (there's way too much) and skip the cheese sauce—dip that puppy in mustard.
2 P.M. LUNCH: FISH TACOS
Choose a corn tortilla (it's lower in fat and calories than flour), ask for grilled fish (a great source of protein and omega-3s to keep you full), and go heavy on the salsa (it's packed with veggies). Grilled chicken, steak, or pork tacos are also healthful picks, but stay away from fat-laden fried-fish ones. (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!)
4:30 P.M. AFTERNOON TREAT: SHAVED ICE
If your taste buds demand creamy, a small fro-yo with peanuts as a topping is a smart (and protein-packed) pick. But sometimes when you pine for something sweet, you're actually thirsty. Try a hydrating shaved ice, which satisfies both urges. A typical serving has one fluid ounce of flavored syrup and runs about 90 calories.
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