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After a few hours of splashing, diving, cannonball-ing, treading water or maybe just lounging on a raft in the pool (Hey! That’s work too!), your tummy (and your family’s) is good and rumbling. The hot sun and nonstop go-go-going have taken their toll on your body and you need some food—now.

You’ll want to devour these five easy-to-prepare poolside snacks during an afternoon in the sun. But, like mom always said, you have to wait 30 minutes after eating before you can swim agian. Did anyone ever actually listen to that advice?

1. Cold kebabs

Serve those hungry water monkeys (a.k.a. your family) cold kebabs for a satisfying and easy-to-prepare poolside snack. Simply skewer grapes, various cheeses, precooked turkey or chicken, oranges and your favorite combination of dried fruits onto a stick. Nutritious and filling, this snack will give everyone enough energy for more fun in the sun.

2. Guacamole and chips 

Whip together our two-minute guacamole the night before you plan to head to the pool. Superfood avocadoes will give swimmers an energy boost and a side of tortilla chips will curb those salt cravings that inevitably happen during an afternoon spent surrounded by water.

3. Pesto tomatoes

This quick, but practically gourmet, snack is for the adults (and maybe an adventurous kid or two). Pesto tomatoes can get a bit messy, so pack them in reusable containers and grab a few forks before you hit the pool. The outstanding flavors in this recipe make up for the messiness, though. It’s a perfect (and healthy!) cool treat on a hot day.

To make this scrumptious snack, halve a carton of cherry tomatoes into a bowl. Next, place 5 to 10 basil leaves and 1-2 cloves minced garlic into a food processor. Slowly add olive oil to the food processor, until the pesto becomes creamy. Finally spread the delicious pesto mixture over the tomatoes. Serve with crackers.

4. Trail mix

For an easy grab-and-go snack to set next to the lounge chairs by the pool, rustle up a simple trail mix. Simply mix together your favorite combination of various nuts, dried fruits and a bit of chopped organic dark chocolate. It’s the perfect blend of salty and sweet for a quick munch before hitting the diving board.

5. Pasta salad

Cold pasta salad tastes oh-so satisfying during a hot day at the pool. The carbs in the pasta will keep you freestyle, butterfly and breast-stroking around the pool for hours. Test out our simple pasta salad recipe or make up your own using whatever leftover veggies, cheese and herbs you have on hand.

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