As the weather starts its warming trend, everyone is starting to feel the itch to get outside and do something in the hot sun. Nothing screams summer like taking you or your friend’s boat out on the lake (or other body of water) and soaking up the rays all afternoon. The only problem is finding the right food to throw in the cooler and bring with you while you’re cruising the waves. If you are struggling to come up with great foods for your day on the boat that require little work, take a look at our list of best foods to bring on your next boat ride.
This food takes very little effort and is great for the boating atmosphere. All it requires from you is washing and/or cutting up a few fruits such as grapes, watermelon, strawberries, kiwi, and any other fruit you would like. Then just take a variety of the fruits and stick them on a skewer and pop them into a pan or plastic bag. Fruit skewers are great for the boat because they require no plates or utensils, don’t make a mess, and don’t require any cooking or warming up. Plus, who doesn’t like some cold fruit in the heat of the summer?
Pasta Salad Skewers
I promise, not all of our ideas involve skewers. However, they are great for on the go snacking, so here is skewer idea number two. Use your leftover fruit skewers to make a pasta salad that requires no forks or bowls. Cook your favorite pasta for pasta salad (tortellini works best on skewers) and cut peppers, grape tomatoes, olives, or anything else you like in your salad. Drizzle the desired dressing on the skewers after assembled, put the finished product in a container and you’re ready to go!
Sandwiches have a tendency to get soggy or make a mess when you and your friends are eating them. To avoid this, try wrapping it up! The possibilities are endless, with chicken, turkey, or ham and all the condiments you could want. If you have some vegetarian boaters coming along for the ride, you can always make a pineapple tofu wrap to make everyone happy. Just assemble your desired wraps before the trip, label a baggy with the name of the person who will be devouring the wrap, and stick them in the cooler. Now when you want your sandwich, you’ll know it won’t be oozing out the sides and on to your nice clean boat.
These are healthy alternatives to the normal bags of chips that often accompany boaters on their day on the lake. Not only will your body thank you for avoiding the greasy option, but your boat will also avoid getting salty, greasy finger marks all over it.
These are just a few of the many great options for food to accompany you on your boat this summer. The best options involve little to no utensils, minimal mess, and no heating or freezing required. Try to avoid anything that has melting capabilities, such as chocolate. After a few weekends of trial and error, you will know exactly what works best for your boating needs. Have fun this summer and be safe!
Written by Carey Wooldrige, owner and operator of Yacht Club Powersports. Located in Osage Beach, MO, Yacht Club is one of the best SeaDoo Dealers in the state, and the largest volume dealer in the world.