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10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

10 Beach Items for a Carefree and Cool Summer

The beach is an enticing place. The cool breeze, the lapping waves, and the glorious sunshine. It’s the perfect escape from our hectic and busy day-to-day lives.

It’s no wonder that so many of us choose to visit beach resorts for our vacations.

However, there are some issues with spending time beside the sea. These include, how to keep your valuables safe when you decide to paddle or swim – and how to stop your expensive electronic equipment from getting damaged by water or sand.

To make your beach vacations as enjoyable and stress-free as possible, we’ve put together a list of 10 must-have beach items.

Enjoy ice-cool wine while relaxing at the beach

    This neat winecoat bag allows you to safely and easily carry wine to the beach. And if you want the wine to be served chilled, there is room for an ice pack. You can also fill it with any beverage you like, by using the disposable beverage bag.

    Amazon customer rating: 4 out of 5 stars (184 reviews)

    Menu Baggy Winecoat, $26.95

    Protect yourself and family from the sun and rain

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      This easily portable, large canopy unbreakable could be just what you need to protect yourself from rain, spray or sunlight. The umbrella features an impressive UPF 50+ protection, as part of its rugged, water-repellent cover.

      Amazon customer rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars (1506 reviews)

      Sport-Brella Portable All-Weather and Sun Umbrella. 8-Foot Canopy, $39.98

      Two bags in one – a mesh beach bag and a soft cooler bag

        This handy, lightweight item offers two bags for the price of one. The main compartment is a decent-sized mesh bag, while the lower compartment is a 12-can capacity insulated cooler bag. Two outside pockets with zipper and waterproof lining keep your car keys, cash, and smartphone within easy reach – and secure on the beach.

        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (139 reviews)

        MALIBU Beach Bag – 2 in 1 Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Cooler, $24.95

        This unique ground sheet will stay free from dirt, dust and sand

          Dirt, dust and sand will disappear before your eyes due to this mat’s unique weave. The ‘one-way sift’ ensures dirt or sand particles simply fall through to the ground – and don’t come back up. The mat is UV stabilized to prevent fading, and is easily cleaned (and dries instantly) – should drinks or food be spilt on it.

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          Amazon customer rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars (379 reviews)

          Sand, Dirt & Dust disappear – CGEAR SAND-FREE MAT, $45+

          Keep your valuables safe with this water-resistant beach vault

                Worried about your valuables when spending time at the beach? Well, the Beach Vault could be just what you need for peace of mind. Using an ingenious design, it allows you to lock your valuables into its large storage compartment, and then the whole thing can be buried in the sand and covered by a towel or rug. As you’d expect, the Beach Vault is water and sand-resistant.

                Amazon customer rating: 3.3 out of 5 stars (7 reviews)

                The Beach Vault, $59.99

                The easy way to keep your smartphone safe from sand or water

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                  If you’ve ever experienced water damage to your smartphone, then you’ll definitely be interested in this item. It allows you to insert your smartphone into its water-resistant pouch, which once sealed, will protect your phone from the elements. The pouch is made with a high-quality material that allows you to make use of your phone’s touchscreen. And perhaps the best feature of all… with your phone safe within the pouch, you can use it to take underwater pictures and videos.

                  Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (893 reviews)

                  Mpow Waterproof Case, $9.99

                  Enjoy the most comfortable seat on the beach

                    Want to feel like a VIP on your next trip to the beach? Then give the KAISR Boss self-inflating sofa a try. Not only does it look cool and comfortable, but the neat self-inflating technology means you won’t have to break a sweat to get the sofa inflated.

                    KAISR BOSS Self-Inflated Sofa, $43

                    Keep your beach essentials safe, dry and clean with this floating bag

                      This lightweight, compact and durable storage bag won’t let you down! That’s because it’s built to float on water. This means that you can keep your beach gear dry – even if your bag is caught by the incoming tide. The bag features an easy open/close mechanism, and is simple to dry, due to its smooth exterior surface.

                      Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (67 reviews)

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                      MARCHWAY Floating Waterproof Dry Bag 10L, $12.98

                      Store your diapers, swimwear and much more in this stylish bag

                        With 15 patterns to choose from, this machine-washable, leak-free bag could be your perfect beach companion. Diapers, sunscreens and first-aid items are just some of the things that this bag will hold. The exterior of the bag is 100% cotton, while the remainder of the bag is made from BPA-free, lead-free and PVC-free materials.

                        Amazon customer rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars (247 reviews)

                        Itzy Ritzy Travel Happens Sealed Wet Bag, Avocado Damask, $13.95

                        Rust-resistant, impact-resistant, and water-resistant portable safe

                          If security of your valuables is a priority for you – then consider this portable safe. Not only is it impact and water-resistant, but it also features a heavy-duty flexible steel cable to securely lock around almost any fixed object. And if that’s not enough for you, then you might take a fancy to the earphone/charger access port, which allows you to listen to music or charge your devices while they are securely locked within the safe.

                          Amazon customer rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (567 reviews)

                          SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access, $40+

                          We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of must-have beach items, and it just remains to say…

                          Stay safe, stay cool – and have fun on your next beach vacation!

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                          20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                          20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

                          Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

                          It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

                          This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

                          Breakfast

                          1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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                            This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

                            2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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                              If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

                              3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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                                This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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                                4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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                                  It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

                                  5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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                                    A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

                                    Lunch

                                    6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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                                      Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

                                      7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                                        This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                                         8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                                          Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                                           9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                                            A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                                             10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                                              Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                                              Dinner

                                              11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                                                This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                                                  As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                                                  13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                                                    Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                     14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                                                      If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                      15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                                        This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                        Dessert

                                                        16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                                          If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                          17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                                            With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                                             18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                                              This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                               19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                                                Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                                                 20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                                                  By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

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