The Best Foods to Bring to The Pool

The Best Foods to Bring to The Pool

When you’re planning to camp out pool-side for the day, odds are, you’re considering what to pack for sustenance. Everyone loves a salty bag of potato chips and a cold drink, but let’s be honest: the real enemy to a good pool day is dehydration. (And those chips aren’t going to help.) Instead of nagging everyone about coming out of the pool to have a gulp of water, we’ve compiled the top 5 most fun ways to stay hydrated. Now, just don’t forget the sunscreen. 

 

 

  • Infused waters. Grab one of the ubiquitous water bottles with built-in infusers and get creative. Lemon and cucumber are favorite flavors, but did you ever consider adding pickle juice? It’s actually an incredible under-appreciated source of hydration. The liquid from your pickle jar contains both sodium and potassium which hydrate you very quickly when you’ve depleted your electrolytes. 
  • Smoothies. When you combine fresh fruit and yogurt into a delicious smoothie, you’re packing a one-two punch of hydrating power. It’s a great breakfast solution that won’t weigh you down, but smoothies are also great mid-day snacks. They store in a cooler easily in a mason or jelly jar! 
  • Fresh fruits. Probably the most common hydration food, there’s something irresistible about a cold slice of watermelon, cantaloupe or strawberries on a hot summer day. Don’t fight it. Pack enough to share. 
  • Savory salads. Zucchini and tomato both have very high water contents, but you may not love snacking on them raw and solo. So instead, whip up a delicious cold pasta salad or caprese-inspired dish with fresh mozzarella. The protein and salt seasoning will also help keep your energy up all afternoon. 
  • Dips! Bring baby carrots, cucumber and bell pepper slices and celery sticks to dip and top with your faves. Cream cheese, ranch dips, even peanut butter and raisins are wonderful with all these veggies. 

 

 

Bonus: If you’re really looking to score fun-points with the family, pick up some young coconuts pre-prepped with a hole for drinking the sweet and satisfying coconut water. Or whip up a batch of jell-o the night before your pool day and cut out fun shapes for easy, one-handed gulps of hydrating yumminess.