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One way to get a jump start on summer is to clean out your cooler and add a few extra ice packs to the freezer so you’re ready for a day at the beach, park, or pool when the weather permits. Then all you have to do is keep the right foods and drinks on hand to go into that cooler for a day of casual eating that doesn’t come up short on taste or nutrition. Here are 7 ways to make your summer meals sensational

1. Watermelon-Yogurt Popsicles

Make your own to fill the freezer so they're ready to go when you are - the perfect combination of sweet and juicy on a stick! If you have a long drive ahead, eat them along the way to make the ride more fun.

2. Coconut water

Try Vita Coco, the ideal re-hydration drink when having fun in the sun or any time plain water just isn't enough. Available in easy-chill Tetra Paks so you can load up the refrigerator with this refreshing all natural coconut water.

3. Mini Cucumbers

Tired of baby carrots? Try mini cukes (a.k.a. Persian or gourmet cucumbers). They're cool, crisp and ready to crunch without peeling. Delicious as they are or dipped in hummus or your favorite dressing.

4. Frozen Fruit Salad

Buy bags of individual frozen fruits, like pineapple, mango, and dark sweet cherries or an assorted mix to enjoy icy cold right out of the bag. You can also freeze your own soft seasonal fruits, like berries, peaches, and plums, so they won't get crushed and bruised in transit.

5. BBQ Chicken Sliders

Whenever you cook out, grill some extra chicken cutlets basted in your favorite BBQ sauce, then cut them into thirds and freeze for future use. Pack the mini cutlets and slider buns in the cooler and assemble 10 minutes before needed so they'll be thawed.

6. Baby Potatoes

No need to fuss with potato salad, just boil and chill baby potatoes, then toss in olive oil and a salt-free seasoning blend for a mayo-free side dish you can eat with your fingers.

7. Whole Grain Pretzel Stix

The stix are sturdier than twists so won't end up as crumbs upon arrival and they make portion control easier, too. A little surface salt is okay when you're being more active and likely to perspire in sun .