Rich in carbohydrates but low in fat, pretzels make the perfect fuel for an energy-consuming day at the beach. Soft pretzels are good, too, but the harder ones are just easier to find. Buy twists, sticks, nuggets or whatever shapes and sizes suit your fancy. If you're concerned about nutrition, look for the whole-grain variety, which will have more fiber.
As with other beach snacks, divide your pretzel stash into individual servings. Use plastic bags that you can reseal or small containers with lids; you don't want sand or water in the pretzels you're saving for later. And for an added treat, take small containers of hummus or mustard for dipping.
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