There’s a time and place for hot dogs, burgers and fries; typical grab ‘n go food. But if you’re headed to the beach where the sun is shining and the clothes are slim, going for something that’s fresh and healthy is often best. This year, skip the pizza slices to make way for smoothie bowls, vegetarian sandwiches and even those classic PB&Js. Less is more during summer, so we’ve put together a list of healthy grab & go lunch alternatives for a day at the beach.

Healthy Beach LunchesPlaya Bowls

Locations: Belmar, Manasquan, Long Branch, Bay Head, Ocean Grove.
Details: With five beachfront locations, Playa Bowls is the easiest and healthiest option if you’re looking to bring breakfast or lunch to your beach chair. Choose from acai bowls or pitaya bowls to oatmeal bowls, and of course green bowls that are packed with healthy toppings including fresh fruits, organic granola and almond butters. A word of caution: Visit in moderation or you’ll be addicted quickly (hence their increasing amount of locations across the state).
More Info: Visit http://www.playabowls.com/ or call 732-556-6897.


Healthy Beach Lunches

The Shack

Location: Manasquan
Details: Brought to you by the women of Cardinal Provisions in Asbury Park, The Shack is new to the shores of Manasquan. Offering casual food and drink that is ideal for a day out in the sun, you can find everything from a Vegetable & Grain Salad featuring roasted vegetables in a chimmichurri sauce to “The Baywatch” sandwich with sliced turkey, eggs, salsa, cheddar and greens. (Not to be confused with “The Lifeguard,” which is a grilled chicken wrap with avocado, local greens, tomato, red onion and shallot vinaigrette.)
More Info: itstheshack.com/ or call 732-722-7122.


Healthy Lunch at the Beach

Fuze Eatery: Empanada House & Smoothie Bar

Location: Long Branch
Details: Just across the street from the Long Branch boardwalk and Seven Presidents beach is your new favorite stop for smoothies, empanadas and even shrimp ceviche (deliciously pictured on the right). You may not be in the tropics, but just a few bites in will have you thinking the Atlantic is much warmer than it is, especially in June! Follow Fuze Eatery on social media to see what timed specials they have going on during your trip to the beach.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/FuzeEatery/ or call 732-414-9209.


Healthy Beach Lunches

Living on the Veg

Location: Long Beach Twp.
Details: Two blocks in from the beach on Long Beach Blvd. is Living on the Veg, a vegetarian eatery packing big flavors. Here, you can grab a Red Pepper Hummus wrap to go along with some fresh-pressed Crazy Juice. With fresh flavors and ingredients, this lunch won’t weigh you down, even as it fills you up.
More Info: https://www.facebook.com/Living-on-the-Veg-175542701779/ or call 609-492-4066.


Healthy Beach Lunches

Sonny’s Sandwiches

Location: Sea Bright
Details: At Sonny’s, you can choose to “be good” with classic salads and wraps or “be bad” with their “Rollie Pollies,” aka stuffed burgers. We tend to favor The Nicky Poblano sandwich with grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella, bacon, avocado and poblano sauce, or the Bean Salad with beans, corn, peppers and onion. Either way, when it comes to lunch on the beach, the Rollie Pollies can be saved for another day.
More Info: http://www.sonnyssandwiches.com/ or call 732-530-3777.


Cape May Peanut Butter Co.

Healthy Beach Lunches

Location: Cape May
Details: We’re a little obsessed with this place – partially because who doesn’t love peanut butter? – because they offer peanut butter sandwiches in every flavor your kid could want. We’re talking stuff like peanut butter and bananas (Monkey’s Uncle), and peanut butter with pepper jam (the Hot Stuff). It’s not just PB&J anymore, but it’s still the ultimate go-to sandwich, especially when you’re in need of some healthy protein to keep you going during a long day at the beach.
More Info: http://www.capemaypeanutbutterco.com/ or call 609-898-4444.


Healthy Beach Lunches

Green Cuisine

Location: Stone Harbor
Details: Way before kale was cool, Green Cuisine was serving up delicious “health” foods made with locally-sourced ingredients. Flash forward to summer 2017 and they’re still going strong with gourmet sandwiches and wraps, “exotic crispy salads” and even smoothies and juices. No fries have been known to enter or leave the premises!
More Info: http://www.greencuisinenj.com/ or call 609-368-1616.


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