Odd Enough The best beach eats, according to a nutritionist

Navigate the temptations of the boardwalk with this expert advice.

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Corn dogs, funnel cakes, fudgy sundaes: Beach snacks aren't exactly known to be health food. But when hunger strikes, these are your best bets, courtesy of nutritionist Lisa DeFazio, R.D.

11 A.M. SNACK: BAKED PRETZEL

Big, doughy pretzels have carbs, yes, but if you're splashing in the ocean and walking around all day, you'll need 'em: Skimping on Cs tends to make you crave sugar-laden foods later.

Pretzels have less fat and grease than fries, but brush off the salt (there's way too much) and skip the cheese sauce—dip that puppy in mustard.

2 P.M. LUNCH: FISH TACOS

Choose a corn tortilla (it's lower in fat and calories than flour), ask for grilled fish (a great source of protein and omega-3s to keep you full), and go heavy on the salsa (it's packed with veggies).

Grilled chicken, steak, or pork tacos are also healthful picks, but stay away from fat-laden fried-fish ones.

This easy water bottle hack will help you stay properly hydrated every single day:

4:30 P.M. AFTERNOON TREAT: SHAVED ICE

If your taste buds demand creamy, a small fro-yo with peanuts as a topping is a smart (and protein-packed) pick.

But sometimes when you pine for something sweet, you're actually thirsty.

Try a hydrating shaved ice, which satisfies both urges. A typical serving has one fluid ounce of flavored syrup and runs about 90 calories.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of Women's Health. For more great advice, pick up a copy of the issue on newsstands now!

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