7 Tips for Having the Best Beach Day Ever

Nothing says “summer” quite like going to the beach — whether you’re packing up the family for a week in a seaside town or taking a day trip to the beach as part of a staycation! Going to the beach is pretty great in itself, but I have a few tips and tricks on how to enjoy the beach (and make it a healthier day!). These seven suggestions will ensure your best beach day ever. 

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How to Enjoy the Beach

Beach bummin’ rules.


1. Hit the road early. I know what you’re thinking: Why would I set an alarm on a day when I’m supposed to be relaxing at the beach? Doing this might feel super weird, but the truth is that there’s no better time to greet the sand and surf than first thing in the morning. The earlier you arrive, the easier it will be to choose ideal real estate for your beach chairs. You’ll also be less likely to burn in the morning, since the sun is strongest in the middle of the day. If morning beach time is a no-go for you, you might consider going in the late afternoon instead, since you’ll reap some of the same benefits. 

2. Stay sun-safe. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to protect yourself from those intense summer rays. Too much exposure can cause sunburn, blistering, peeling, and an increased risk of skin cancer. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to minimize exposure… without having to stay inside or avoid the beach! Come prepared for your next day at the beach with an umbrella, a hat, and plenty of sunscreen. I recently shared all of my thoughts about the safest sunscreen options out there, so pick some up next time you’re thinking about sunbathing. 

3. Set sunscreen reminders. While we’re talking sunscreen, let me remind you that sunscreen is only effective when you reapply it at regular intervals! If you insist on bringing your phone to the beach (though I’d totally support you leaving it behind so you can disconnect), put it to good use by setting a sunscreen alarm roughly every hour or two. If you’re hanging at the beach with family and friends, make reapplication a group activity! Nothing ruins a perfectly good day in the sun like a nasty sunburn — but you have the power to prevent it. 

Safer Sunscreen

4. Prepare to hydrate. It’s important to stay hydrated regardless of your environment, but you’ll want to be that much more intentional about it when you’re at the beach, where’s it’s a lot easier to dehydrate. In the heat of the summer sun, you’re bound to sweat a lot, plus we can find ourselves so busy relaxing that we forget to take in sufficient fluids! Get ahead of this problem by packing plenty of filled reusable water bottles. Add a little lemon to keep things interesting! I also recommend coconut water.

5. Pack plenty of healthy snacks. The beach can feel like paradise, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get hangry there. Trust me — I’ve experienced it! Here are a few of my favorite, beach-friendly recipes, easy to pack for a day of fun:

Don’t feel like getting in the kitchen? I get it! There are plenty of clean store-bought snacks that are perfect for travel out there, too! You can also keep it simple with organic raw veggies, organic fruit skewers, or organic corn tortilla chips and salsa. 

Chairs on the beach

6. Stock up on reading materials. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no better place to read than at the beach. Cozy up in your chair or on a towel (with plenty of sunscreen on, of course!) and get caught up on all of those reads that you’ve been hoping to get around to over the last few months. Check out some of my must-read books for summer here! If you don’t love squinting into the sun or carrying books in your beach bag, audiobooks are a great alternative. As an added bonus, you can listen to those on your way to the beach, too! 

7. Be ready to get movin’! Full-body relaxation definitely tops the list of beach activities, but if you’re expecting to spend the whole day by the water, you should plan to get up and get active. You’re bound to get bored after too many hours of laying around, not to mention the fact that activity makes a beach day a whole lot healthier. Pack a frisbee or horseshoes set for your group to enjoy, or ask your friends if they’d be up for a beach walk after a few hours of lounging. Why not jump in the water for a swim? Even a few minutes of exercise is better than none at all! 

What are your beach day musts?

Everything You Need to Know About Safer Sunscreen

If you consistently lather up with sunscreen before spending time outdoors, you’re probably already feeling like you’re ahead of the game. And you kind of are! According to CBS News, only one-third of people apply sunscreen to all of their exposed skin (per medical recommendations). Being in a consistent routine with safer sunscreen — especially in the summertime — is absolutely a victory.

But there’s more to sunscreen than you’ve heard about from advertising… and maybe even from your dermatologist. While mainstream, readily available sun protection brands do have a pretty good track record of minimizing risk of skin cancer (for those who use it properly, of course!), they aren’t exactly doing you any other favors health-wise, and people are starting to notice.

P.S. More recently, chemical filters in sunscreens have been linked to the killing off of coral reefs. It’s why Hawaii, and recently Florida have newly passed a bill to ban these types of sunscreens from being sold in the state.

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Everything You Need to Know About Safer Sunscreen

There’s more to it than the SPF number

Here’s a fact you’ve probably never even thought about: Many of the sunscreens you’re probably most familiar with are known as chemical sunblocks. These products actually absorb into your skin, ultimately absorbing UV rays so they can be converted into heat and released from your body. Active ingredients in these sunscreens typically include avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. Think about it for a sec — if these chemical sunscreens are to work properly, those chemicals need to be fully absorbed into your body. Do you want your skin absorbing things that are known to be harmful to your health, or just anything that you can’t even pronounce? No, thanks.

If you are unsure of the ingredients in the sunscreen you thought was decent, EWG.org/skindeep is my go-to resource to search and learn about the ingredients in my products. You simply search an item, and see it’s toxicity rating based on the ingredients and can read about why those ingredients aren’t good for you. It’s pretty awesome!

Now, all of this isn’t to scare you! The good news is that you don’t have to avoid sunscreen altogether in order to avoid these chemicals, and the answer is certainly not to stop wearing sunscreen. There are alternatives! It’s a good thing, too, because I want to help you preserve your healthy skin and stay glowing and ageless forever. 

Safer Sunscreen Guide

Is mineral sunscreen better than chemical?

The best alternative for chemical sunscreen is a category of sun protection called mineral sunscreen.

Look for mineral sunscreens that feature zinc and titanium dioxide as their active ingredients, rather than the chemicals present in most conventional products. This makes your sunscreen a lot cleaner and safer. Mineral sunscreens use these active ingredients to physically block the rays from your skin — they actually reflect the suns rays. As an added bonus, many mineral sunscreens are fragrance-free, which is a win for babies, kids, and anyone with sensitive skin and can help you further streamline the dangerous chemicals being absorbed into your body. 

Ingredients you should avoid when searching for sunscreen are:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Octinoxate 
  • Retinyl Palmitate
  • Fragrance

best mineral sunscreen

The best mineral sunscreens

My personal pick for my family is Beautycounter’s sunscreen line, Countersun.

Here’s why: Beautycounter just happens to be the market leader in safer, mineral sunscreen. I trust them for their skincare, make-up, and mission, and their triple-tested Countersun line is no different, (plus it’s reef safe)! Beautycounter’s sunscreen offers all of the benefits of sun protection without the dangers associated with many of the products you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store. Please, do your research when you pick up that sunscreen that looks good in CVS!

Countersun (Beautycounter’s mineral sunscreen line) has a lotion, a non-aerosol mist, and a face stick, and the line now includes tinted sunscreens — a little extra glow, anyone? — and an aftersun cooling gel, to help ease the pain of a little too much time spent catching rays. Basically, all of your bases are now officially covered… and a lot more safely! 

Here’s a handful of other miner sunscreen options that pass the test:

Beautycounter Sunscreen

Here are a few of my go-to tips for applying Beautycounter’s safer mineral sunscreen: 

Just because these products are great (which they are) doesn’t mean that they can prevent 100% of sunburns. Mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen are quite different, and user error is a real thing in the world of sun protection.

1. Re-apply! Sunscreen is not a one and done proposition. Even the best of these products needs to be re-applied on a regular basis, usually according to the instructions on the package.  Adding another layer of protection approximately every hour or two is probably a safe bet (pun intended!). Be extra careful if you’re spending a lot of time in the water. Water resistant is not the same as waterproof, so make sure to reapply after or taking a dip or sweating on a run!

2. Application must be visible. Mineral sunscreen can only do their job if you can actually see where they’ve been applied on your skin. Before you start the process of rubbing in your sunscreen, make sure that the sheer-white formula (or the new tinted formula!) is visible on your body. We’re not talking about a clear mist here!

3. Zinc does not expire. Zinc is one of the active ingredients in mineral sunscreen, and as if its ability to fight the sun’s dangerous rays wasn’t enough to sell you on it, it also never expires as a protective agent! This means that it will be effective for years after purchase. All sun protection products are required by law to list an expiration date, but if you’re using a mineral sunscreen, time isn’t of the essence. If your safer sunscreen stash lasts longer than expected, it will keep working! 

4. Shake before use. Zinc can settle in the sunscreen’s packaging, so wake it up a bit before applying with a little shake! Doing this will ensure that zinc — AKA your sun protective agent — is distributed evenly every time you lather up, keeping your glow even and your whole body safe. 


Generally speaking, I encourage you to never underestimate the sun. It is so powerful, and even the best of sunscreens won’t help if you’re not sure to use them properly. Be careful, be safe, and have fun in the sun!

Safer Sunscreen

P.S. Want some other reads? This article from NY Post is really informative and this one from CNN is as well.


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Gluten-Free Key Lime Tart

This gluten-free Key Lime Tart is made using honey and coconut milk for a rich, tangy and smooth filling! It’s simple to prepare and can be optionally topped with a honey meringue for a showstopper dessert. It’s gluten-free and made without any refined sugars.

Key Lime Tart

This Key Lime Tart is the perfect (and beautiful) dessert to roll out in both hot and cold weather. This simple tart is made using our favorite gluten-free pie crust, filled with a tangy and smooth key lime filling and optionally topped with a delicious honey meringue that you can either leave as is or toast it!

Key Lime Tart Ingredients:

Can I use regular limes in place of key limes?

What makes a key lime pie a key lime pie is, you guessed it: key limes. But they are only available certain times of the year and they are much smaller than regular limes (known as Persian limes) so they take a bit more work to get the total amount of juice needed. And while there might be slight difference in taste (key limes have a bit heavier taste of “lime” with higher acidity), it is perfectly acceptable to use regular limes!

Can I bake this in a pie tin?

Technically yes you can. But depending on the size pie tin you are using, the filling might be a little low, as this is meant for a 9″ in tart.

Topping Options

  • Honey meringue (you can either pipe a pretty border, or cover the entire tart)! Toasting is optional but a nice touch.
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Regular whipped cream

If you like this tart recipe, check out these others:

Key Lime Pie Tarts
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Prep Time
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Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
40 min
Tart Crust
  1. 1 cup almond flour
  2. 1 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 tsp fine pink salt
  6. 1 tsp raw honey
Key Lime Filling
  1. 3 egg yolks
  2. 3 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
  3. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 5-6 limes)
  4. 1 tsp lime zest
  5. 2 tbsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  7. Optional: 2 drops essential oil lime oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. In a food processor combine almond flour, tapioca flour, cold butter, and sea salt
  3. Add in honey and eggs and process until dough combines
  4. Transfer dough to refrigerator for 1-4 hours, up to overnight
  5. Remove and separate into two balls (for mini tarts) or one large ball for regular size tart
  6. Grease tart pans or one large tart pan and gently press dough into the center, filling up the sides and the bottom
  7. Place in the oven for 12-15 minutes, until lightly golden brown
  8. While cooking, blend together key lime filling ingredients
  9. Once the shells are cooked, pour in filling and cook for a remaining 15-20 minutes, until filling is firm to touch
  10. Top with coconut whipped cream or meringue, garnish with lime zest, and serve.
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Beyond the Kitchen

Life Lately:

We rented a house a few towns over by the lake for the month of August for a few reasons, but are absolutely LOVING it. Look at this view. Jax loves swimming in it every day, and I love relaxing by the serene lake. It’s also kind of fun doing the commute life again, and working at my real house! 

Summer Sunset

Jax turned 4! I cannot believe we got our sweet boy 4 years ago. He’s such a good dog and for sure my first baby, aka spoiled with love 🙂

Jax turns 4

I visited York, Maine for the first time with my friends at Stonewall Kitchen and had the best time meeting some amazing bloggers, eating great food, and learning about that truly amazing company.

Lobster Rolls in York MaineHere is a shot of the lobster rolls from Fox’s — they even had gluten-free rolls!

And here are the amazing ladies from the trip! Check them out: 

Stonewall Kitchen Event

Then I attended an awesome brunch in Boston with my friends at Vital Farms and I am so excited to work with them to explain to you all WHAT eggs are the best to buy – since there’s so much information and misinformation out there!! Look how gorgeous this table set up was!!!!

Vital Farms Brunch

Otherwise, as an update from this blog post, I am feeling pretty good. Working on my detox protocol, Lyme protocol, doing as much as I can to heal my body, and mentally in a great space with it all. I appreciate your love and concern with all of this, along with all the well wishes and good vibes you sent me. I am so happy I decided to share what was going on with all of you. It was really cathartic and I am just so grateful for this community.

Blog Posts From Around The Web That I’m Loving:

Books I’m loving This Summer:

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DID YOU KNOW that (per a recent study) 80% of Americans do *not know* that their personal care products contain ingredients that are questionable or harmful to human health? 80%!! Are you still using personal care products with toxic ingredients that disrupt hormones or deliver heavy metals on your skin? Let’s change that, with products that actually work!!

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What’s Coming?

Stay tuned for all of these amazing recipes, new series, and so much more.

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Thank you for reading!!! Comment below what books you are reading this summer!

XOXO,

Lexi

How To Make Cold Brew Iced Coffee

Making your own Cold Brew Iced Coffee is a total money saver, plus it’s super easy to make at home. It’s our favorite to have in the fridge all summer long. Making cold brew coffee is so easy! You simply just add water to coffee, stir, cover it and let it steep! 

Cold Brew Iced Coffee

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

WELL! It officially really feels like Summer. 90 degrees all last week and I’m seriously at the point of retiring my morning hot coffee for ALL iced coffee. It’s August and it was bound to happen already. BUT, don’t give me hot coffee watered down with ice. I want some good, strong cold brew; and it’s EASY to make!

Why cold brew over regular iced coffee

The difference between iced coffee and cold brew is the brewing process. Cold brew is brewed without any heat. Ground coffee beans are steeped in cold or room-temperature water for between 12 and 24 hours. This process creates a flavor with less bitterness than your typical iced coffee, since it oxidizes over a longer period of time than hot-brewed coffee! Also, the acids and oils released when making hot coffee remain in the bean, making for a smoother taste!

How do you make cold brew coffee

Let’s break this down into five easy steps!

how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcher.

Step 2: Pour 4 cups of water into the pitcher.

Step 3: STIR.

Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 12 hours.

Step 5: Remove plastic and place a cheese cloth over a beverage dispenser or an additional pitcher. We recommend making a dip in the cheese cloth and not pulling it so tight, so the coffee can sit in it well. Pour coffee over the cloth. 

Store in the refrigerator in mason jars. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!

How long should you let cold brew coffee steep?

Good question! I like to leave mine overnight, or roughly 12 hours!

how to make cold brew coffee concentrate

BOOM! Fresh, delicious cold brew. Ready for the heat wave.

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Use this homemade cold brew concentrate in:

 

Cold Brew Coffee

Prep Time 00:05 Inactive Time 12:00 Total Time 12:05 Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups ground coffee
  • 4 cups filtered water

Directions

  1. Step 1: Pour 1 3/4 cup ground coffee into a pitcher.
  2. Step 2: Pour 4 cups of water into the pitcher.
  3. Step 3: STIR.
  4. Step 4: Cover with plastic wrap and let steep for 12 hours.
  5. Step 5: Remove plastic and place a cheese cloth (I use a few layers, if you use to many, your cold brew won't go through) over a jar, beverage dispenser, or an additional pitcher. You may want to tie it down with a rubberband. Pour coffee over the cloth. 
  6. Store in the refrigerator in mason jars. Now simply add ice and serve as desired!

Recipe Notes

You will need:

Cleaning your cheese cloth:

  • Immediately rinse your cheesecloth in hot water or place it in hot water to soak until you have a chance to wash it. After soaking, rinse again. Try to remove as many bits of food as possible before you start to wash it.
  • Use only food safe soaps since regular household soaps contain toxic chemicals that may soak into the cotton fibers and later come into contact with your food.
  • Lemon juice, white vinegar and baking soda can also be useful for loosening up crusty bits and removing stains. You can add any one of these ingredients to soaking water. Use 1/2 cup to 1 cup per gallon of water, depending on how grimy the cheesecloth is. You can make a baking soda paste to scrub out stubborn stains. Be sure to rinse the cheesecloth thoroughly, because even lemon juice and vinegar may attract pathogens or fruit flies.
  • Dry the cheesecloth in a hot dryer, or hang it outside to dry in the sun if you have adequately hot temperatures to dry it quickly.
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Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 39

This Week’s Meal Plan is filled with delicious, healthy, and simple meals that are great for the busy week ahead! From Mediterranean Bowls to Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls, you are not going to want to miss this week’s menu!

Labor Day is fast approaching, make sure to scroll all the way down to see our favorite Labor Day recipes!

New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 39 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Monday: Orange Power Pasta with Cauliflower Alfredo [vegetarian, Egg-free, paleo-friendly]

Tuesday: Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore [egg-free, paleo-friendly, nut-free]

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Citrus Mahi Mahi [dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, paleo-friendly]

Friday: Mediterranean Bowls [vegetarian, gluten-free, refined sugar-free]

Saturday: Out

Sunday: BRINNER: Savory Chorizo Breakfast Bowls [dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo-friendly]

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Looking for healthy Labor Day recipes? We’ve got you covered!

Check out these Paleo Labor Day BBQ recipes we LOVE!