Ahhh, beach season. The warm summer breeze whips through your hair as you roll the windows down and hit the highway on an early weekend morning. The heat of the warm sand radiates beneath you as you tuck in with a good book under those bright summer rays. It just doesn't get much better.

A long day under the sun spent building castles, burying friends and wading  in the blue water is one of the many pleasures of summer season. But all that time in the hot sun can cause any beach-goer to work up quite an appetite.

While fried chicken on the beach is one of my all time favorite meals, that extra grease just doesn't sit well when you're planning on prancing around in your bathing suit. These beach-side snacks are tempting, and worth it once a summer for the pure sake of nostalgia, but there are plenty of healthy, bloat-free snacks that are super easy to throw together and pack for yourself.

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