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Win our Life’s A Beach Gift Basket

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNER, ADENA DANNOUF FROM RICHMOND, VA.!

I love those lazy summer days spent at the beach. Any worries tend to fall away as I soak up the sun, wriggle my toes in the sand and splash in the water. Just taking a quick dip is a great way to get some much-needed relief (even if it’s only temporary!) from the summer heat. Can you tell that I’m really looking forward to the beach trips I have planned for this summer? I can’t wait!

Whether you’re a surfer, a swimmer or a sunbather catching up on your summer reading list, we’ve got you covered with snacks and sun-friendly essentials. Win our Life’s A Beach basket and you’ll be prepped with everything you need to make your sunny summer day even brighter! Just enter a comment below by June 28th telling us what your favorite foods are to take on a water-filled outing, and you’ll be eligible to win. One winner will be selected at random to receive the Life’s A Beach Basket, a $100 value, plus a $50 gift card for you to grab extra items like cold drinks and fresh fruit before heading out to the water.

Here’s what you’ll find in the basket:
  • Nature's Path Organic Peanut Buddy Granola Bars & Chococonut Granola Bars
  • Annie's Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
  • Bug Band Insect Repellent Spray Lotion
  • 365 Sweetened Banana Chips
  • 365 Treasure Hunt Trail Mix
  • 365 Sweetened Papaya Spears
  • BPA-Free Bento-Ware
  • Large organic cotton beach towel
  • Alba Botanica Sunblock Sport (45 SPF)
What are your favorite foods to take to the beach? Add your comment by June 28th for your chance to win our summer basket ready for sun and fun, whether it’s at the lake, sea shore or poolside…because Life’s A Beach!

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Jeanine Caughlin says …

I'm a simple gal! All I need is a big ol' beach towel, sunblock, sunglasses and water...and a radio...and a beach umbrella in case the sun is too intense...and a floatation thingy to put my car keys in...and a book...and a beach chair in case I find it more comfortable to read my book while sitting...maybe a radio or ipod...and that's it...maybe a frisbee if I go with friends...and sandals, gotta have sandals...

Angela says …

I love to take fresh fruit and cut up veggies with Wright's Fresh Green Salsa kept in an ice cold cooler. It's so refreshing on the beach or on a hot Summer Day!

Beth VW says …

I love blueberries, strawberries and watermelon pieces for a beach trip! As well as iced tea & lemonade! Thanks!

Krystal says …

Plenty of fruit, nuts (cashews are my favorite) and a thermos full of iced coffee!

Danielle W says …

The best summertime beach food is watermelon! So refreshing when it is hot out.

Amy says …

Yummy, fresh fruit!!!

liz says …

Great stuff, something for everybody!

Stephanie says …

Grapes and Watermelon

Caterina says …

Our favs to brind to the beach is frozen watermelon chunks,salad, and organic raw date balls:) YUMMY !! oh yea and the freeze dried fruits :)

Julie Liss says …

We like to stop at a farmstand on the way and bring fresh cantaloupe and watermelon!

cheryl says …

My favorite thing to take to the beach would be cold fruit and plain yogurt for dipping.Nothing beats cold fruit on a hot day.

tigerfish says …

A basket of fruits! That's how I like it at the beach.

Diane Heun says …

I like to take frozen grapes. They are refreshing and stay cold for a long time.

celia says …

watermelon is great at the beach

Morgan Do says …

Living in Florida, we go to the beach a lot. What goes into my family's body is important to me so, i always make sure i pack a healthy pic-nic, especially for the beach. I make sure to include granola bars, fresh fruit, sandwiches on whole wheat bread and plenty of juices and water.

colleen says …

My favorite beach food is organic white grapes with manchengo sheep cheese and Whole foods Sparkling Grapefruit water. Gluten free crackers like Mary's Onion flavored top it off!

Nancy Wilson says …

Our family loves watermelon. The produce rep at the Whole Foods in San Ramon showed me exactly how to pick the perfect watermelon! He told me to hold it in my hand and tap it, it should sound like a drum and vibrate nicely. It should also feel heavier than it looks like it should be. Watermelon is the BEST fruit to bring on an outing! Thanks! ~Nancy Wilson Pleasanton, CA

brandy Hymas says …

I HAVE to take the makings for S'mores whenever we go to the beach! GF graham crackers, choc bars, and marshmallows! Mmmmmmm!

Jess says …

The best treat on the beach is some frozen fruit in a cooler: grapes, pineapple and strawberries! Yum!

Nina Flannery says …

There is nothing better to take to the beach than good old no-stir Almond Butter and hearty bread. Add to the sandwich your favorite fruit (apple, pear, coconut, apricot, etc) or nuts (chopped peanuts, pecans, cashews). It won't spoil, it's easy clean-up and every kid just loves it. OK, if you have to do it, take the jam but make it organic and don't forget the spreading knife.

Christine Burns says …

I love going to the beach. My favorite snacks to bring would be cooler filled with coconut water, greek yogurt, and organic chips or popcorn. And my all time favorite - watermellon.

Melissa says …

Mango slices with lime & chili powder or cayenne pepper sprinkled on it. Goes great with a jug of ice tea. Toss in some frozen water bottles and you're set.

lookitsatree says …

Cold water is a must for the beach! I love, love fresh fruit, cut in chunks at the shore, too. When the juice gets drippy, it's time for a dip! Blueberries are in season at this time, so I may freeze some to have them cold. Watermelon is classic summertime fare--and having it at the beach is a Japanese tradition. Granola bars are great to refuel. Salty snacks are a nice touch, but I find nuts take on a stale flavor at the beach. Finally, cookies. I don't know why, but I really enjoy having chocolate chip oatmeal cookies at the beach--I think it has sort of become a tradition with me.

Jennifer says …

My favorite items to bring to the beach for a picnic are: Nut mix. Greek Pasta Salad w/fresh feta. Greek cucumber/dill dip and pita chips/pita bread Fresh fruit cut up and packed in easy reusable containers. Coconut water juice boxes. Water

Doug Brewer says …

Lemonade, strawberries and sunflower seeds.

Crystal Stewart says …

I love Grapes, Strawberries & Smoked Gouda Cheese, paired with Everything Crackers & a bottle of Cinnabar Mercury Rising. Thanks you for inspiring me to take another beach picnic soon!

sandra says …

fresh fruits, juices and water!

Christine Fignar says …

Thanks - I love to bring along fresh cut fruits and homemade granola bars for energy, hydration and healthy options.

Leela says …

Fruit, fruit, and more fruit! Apricots, plums, watermellon, and grapes are the best. And don't forget the water (kept on ice of course).

Sherry says …

Pimento Cheese Sandwich on WWheat Sweet Potato Chips Banana Pudding Lemonade!!

Stephanie Arellano says …

My favorite beach snacks are fresh fruit to stay hydrated, like watermelon, grapes, oranges, and strawberries. I like a refreshing homemade strawberry lemonade. Also almonds, cheese and crackers, hummus, maybe some jerky too! I can hear the waves calling me in!

Tifani says …

Fruits & Veggies are always a staple as well as water. Beyond that it depends on what sounds good. Some flax or bagel chips, Annies bunny graham crackers for the car ride & milk boxes for the kids, string cheese and sandwiches or wraps. Some kind of bar or trail mix is great too!

Jerry Higgins says …

The beach is where we want to stay and any opportunity to remind ourselves of that is welcome. Send me the basket!

Emily Moses says …

Cut up watermelon is a must have for the beach, lots of water, and something crunchy. If we are going for the day I like to pack sandwiches: PB&J for me and sunflower seed butter and jam for my kids who are allergic to nuts.

charlene viglielmo says …

Lots of fresh fruit and crunchy vegetables, cheese & crackers and yogurt.

Gabriela says …

I love going to the beach with fresh strawberries, some iced tea in my tumbler, and salted almonds. This makes the perfect beach day snack and a great bite to eat while walking down the shoreline. :)

Nicole M. says …

We love taking freshly made sandwiches, water, and 365 chips. Anything at the ocean tastes delicious-you have the sun, the water, and lots of food-what could be better!

Katy Schreiber says …

We like to take cheddar bunnies, grapes and lots of water and sunscreen.

Melanie says …

My favorite beach foods have got to be trail mix, peanut butter sandwiches, watermelon, and a couple dollars to buy some fresh, cold ice cream ;) Oh, and water. Always.

Cathy says …

Lots of grapes, watermelon and pineapple chunks, cheese, crackers and water.....everything tastes better at the ocean or poolside basking in the sun

ken merrick says …

Generally , anything heathly. Peanut butter , wheat crackers, yogurt and a good trail mix. Lots of water. Just love the sun and water ..

Jenna says …

Drinks, drinks and more drinks, plus some fruit, and children's snacks.

Chris says …

Everything in this basket sounds delicious for a beach day and a taco for the sunset :D I'd love to treat my girlfriend to a picnic on the florida shore!

Laura Smith says …

Water, protein bars, and raw vegetables are my current take alongs to the beach (or any other outing this summer).

Sarah East says …

My favorite food to take to the neighborhood pool is lots of water (to beat the Texas heat), Kind Bars, cut up veggies, and homemade hummus. Happy Summer!

Deirdre says …

Picnic foods - homemade coleslaw from your super fresh organic cabbage, homemade fried chicken from free range birds...fresh dips and chips...and to be honest, yes, I like to slum it occasionally with some good old fashioned junk food like burgers, fries, and a shake:-) I love all the products you list in the basket and would be honored to receive!

Christin says …

We love watermelon. It is so great to take to the beach and have a cold, watery,and tasty treat!! We also love to take frozen grapes. Of course sandwhiches are often a staple!!

Elizabeth says …

Loads of fresh fruit including watermelon, canteloupe,grapes, honeydew melon; water and fresh lemonade; turkey wraps.

Ann P says …

My favorite foods to take to the beach: Veggies, Chips, Dips and Watermelon slices

judson says …

Frozen PB&J sandwhiches...a great chilled retreat from the hot sun. Also apples, oranges, and bananas are a great fruit to take.

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