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No, the post title isn’t a reference to the newest fudge babies. Beachy Babies? What would they look like? Perhaps a date-almond base, then rolled in maple sugar, for a “sand-y” effect?


What are your favorite things to do at the beach? My sister likes to fall asleep at the beach. Molly likes to collect eat crab claws. (Hence, Molly is often left at home.) I like to take walks right at the edge, where the sand and water meet, so only my feet get wet.

Today, we spent the whole morning eating crab claws swimming at the beach and building a sandcastle. But all that beachy action made me hungry.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Sandi says:

    Getting in the ocean is SO worth the freezing cold (even here in MA!) I’m generally a huge wimp about getting in cold bodies of water (like pools or ponds) but if it’s the ocean it’s too wonderful to miss out on!
    Fruits are my absolute favorite foods so I may have to join this hug-a-fruit campaign 😀

  2. Love the fruit plate! I don’t mind the beach.

  3. Serena says:

    Phew – this time I already hugged a fruit. 😛 Now to just sit back and relax…

    It looks like you’re having a fabulous time at the beach! I wish I were there, hehe. I’m in California which you’d think would be warm, but it’s 7am and 56º outside. :(

    1. Serena,
      WOW, I wanna be there! It was 90 this morning in New York. Crazy, right? That’s hotter than Texas!

  4. anon says:

    didn’t you say your sister was a size 0? but her leg is like twice the size of yours. how can you say your naturally like that if she’s so much bigger and still a size 0?
    you said it here:

  5. Ilana says:

    I’m finallyyy going to the beach today for my first time this summer…yay!

  6. Stefanie says:

    I was thinking a beach baby would be a tropical flavored fudge baby. Coat it with toasted coconut and it will have a sandy appearance. It has been over a year since I have been to the beach. I used to live 30 mins from it and rarely went. That is a nice picture of you with your sister. Have a great day. :)

  7. Ilana says:

    PS – when I read “beach babies” i thought of fudge babies wearing bikinis! am i weird?!

  8. Ilana says:

    and also in response to the above anon freak – I’m a size 0. I have a friend who is a size 0 as well. Our measurements are entirely different because we have DIFFERENT BODY TYPES. It happens. Stop picking on people on the internet because you’re insecure about yourself!!

  9. emily says:

    you’re too funny! & you girls look beautiful– the background definitely isn’t bad either. :)

    i don’t know if i would have wanted to share that fruit…. it looks so good!

    i just love the beach, even though i’ve spent less than a week there total in my 22 years– my parents aren’t that fond of it & we never really went on vacations either. my first experience with it was memorable, though. we drove to destin, florida (gorgeous!) to stay at my grandparents’ beach house right by the water. i was seven, & unbelievably excited. we arrived late at night, but my father said when we woke up he’d take us over. of course, my siblings & i woke up at 6 am. :) we enjoyed a couple hours there before it began pouring down rain. we sadly went inside to wait it out. we were stir-crazy after an entire day of it & my father went to blockbuster to rent a few movies. after he checked out, he heard some locals talk of the major hurricane (opal) coming our way. needless to say, he returned the movies on the spot. he came back empty-handed, & my mom couldn’t believe there was one coming that even the locals were concerned about. the rain became absolutely torrential, my parents re-packed our bags, & late at night as we heard bullhorns telling people to evacuate, we stood by the door– but it was raining far too much to even get in the car. my father actually prayed, i guess, & the rain died down enough; after he shut his door, it resumed with intensity. we were some of the last ones to make it across the bridge before it was closed & drove, without stopping, until we reached my grandparents in atlanta. it’s good we were able to evacuate– the beach house was destroyed.

    but i still love the idea of the beach…. :)

    1. Emily,
      Yikes! No wonder your parents aren’t fond of the beach lol. We went to the NJ shore once during the waning hours of a hurricane, and it was scary! The ocean stole my water shoe right off my foot :-?.

  10. anon says:

    hey katie,
    i just wanted to send you a NICE anon comment to counter the jerk above :). i love you and i love your blog. and i think you are beautiful. oh yeah, and i’m also jealous because i adore the beach!

  11. katie says:

    hey there!!!! you look beeeeaaaaaaaaaautiful! ur sis too! hope ur having a great time…and i hope u got my email! when u come to nyc, we can definately meet up!! ..if ya want! xoxoxo

    1. katie,
      emailed ya back ;).

  12. Marina says:

    I love reading on the beach, that going for a long swim, refueling with an ice cream, reading some more…
    Btw, you look awesome girl 😉

  13. Leslie says:

    Ahahahaha I used to bite my sister too. Luckily, now we’re good friends. It looks like you guys are too :).

  14. Inspired says:

    I hugged a whole batch of banana pancakes today. I forgot to take a picture for you though! Guess I’ll just have to make some more. Darn it ;).

  15. Jennifer - jcd says:

    Beautiful beach sisters! Your sister’s vibrant pink swim suit is cute. And the beachie babies sound delicious, especially bikini beach babies!

    The first anon post is out of line. Ilana says it right – relatives or people who wear the same size clothes can have completely different body types and shapes. People are different like that, surprise!

    I’m not much of a beach person. I don’t know how people can lay on the beach for hours and hours. I prefer to go for a nice walk (and try to make footprints in the freshly wet sand), go snorkelling, play in the water, or build sandcastles.

    1. JCD,
      My sis has the best style. Sadly, she hogs all the fashion sense in the family. I’m not big on sleeping at the beach either. In fact, I don’t think I ever have.
      But I will let people bury me every now and then!

  16. Mae says:

    That sounds amazing…. I was away this weekend and saw some one who could be your double in Washington on Saturday!! Haha just letting you know she’s out there. 😉

    1. Mae,
      OMG I always wanted a twin stranger… like “It Takes Two.”
      Twin Katie, if you’re out there, come find me! :) :)

  17. Kiersten says:

    Cute picture! I loooove the beach. I made sure I got to visit the beach while I was visiting my family in NJ. I miss it so much! It’s nice that you and your sister have a close relationship. I am real close to my sister too, she’s my best friend.

    Please ignore the anonymous comment from the JERK above.

  18. Damjana says:

    I’d like to have a sister too (however I have two brothers).

    Hugged a fruit – yes! I love the variety on your plate :)

  19. jqlee says:

    I absolutely love the beach. I wish I could go every single day. My favorite thing to do there is probably people watch. Lol. Not in a creepy way, just to see how people interact.

    And of course I like to just lay in the sun sometimes or play some beach volleyball. I’m not a big fan of actually getting in the water though…too dirty for me. LOL.

    You two look so cute!!

  20. abby says:

    you two are just gorgeous! i wish i had a sister around my age. i am stuck with two brothers!

  21. Run Sarah says:

    You and your sister – gorg beach babes 😉 I love love love the beach…just lying in the sun, reading, relaxing, or taking a quick dip. One of my favourite things to do!

  22. Aw, you and your sis are so cute!

    I LOVE the beach. My favorite thing to do is walk along the edge, too! I also like writing my name in the sand. 😛

    Yay for fruit hugging! I totally just realized I could’ve used my peach pictures yesterday as mu fruit-hugging pics. that’s okay though, because I’m thinking of taking one today of me hugging my favorite fruit: pineapple. :)

    I got your email!! I’m about to write back. :)

  23. VeggieGirl says:

    Does a prune count for the Hug a Fruit cause? 😀

  24. I haven’t hugged a fruit yet, but I have a great idea!

  25. I’m from a beach town but I’m not big on the beach…weird, huh? I’m not one for sun bathing and I’d rather swim in a pool! I would, however, love digging into that fruit plate! :)

  26. All that fruit looks so tasty right now. I’m doing raw day, and I’d actually be allowed to have that! So often on raw day, I see other people’s blogs and drool at all the cooked food I can’t have that day.

  27. Justine says:

    Ah- I just bought some blueberries the other day that are so good! I am happy to have portioned them out already, otherwise there would be not a one left.


  28. Veggiegirl,
    Haha yeah of course! :)

  29. you two are so cute together! sisterly love

  30. mapledreams says:

    Wow what a glorious looking scene! I wish it was hot here in Scotland…STILL it is raining! Ugh so annoying! think we get about one day of sun per year and sadly we had that last week! You both look fabbbby!!

    That plate of fresh fruit looks so nice! all my faves!
    Will get my piccie up soon;) xx

  31. Michal says:

    Oh Katie how I have missed your posts, and so much has changed too! :) I love love love how you are being more open. You are totally lookin fierce in your swim suit, rockin the summer uniform! I love the beach, and I actually just got home from four whole days of camping and beach fun which I totally needed. Cant wait to take my huggin my fruit pics!

  32. VEGirl says:

    I’ve done both: hugged a fruit AND bitten a sister.

  33. Eleanor says:

    I’m sure you didn’t anyway but don’t take any notice of that idiotic anonymous comment!
    She (or he) shouldn’t write things if she’s not brave enough to put her name to them. You look gorgeous so take no notice x

  34. Caroline says:

    Katie, you and your sister look so cute together! I thought you guys were twins for a second. I’m trying to eat more fruit this month, because I feel so clean after eating a ton of fruit.

    1. Caroline,
      We almost are twins! Only 14 months apart :). Too bad we didn’t appreciate that more, growing up!

  35. shesarunner says:

    Aww you and your sister are adorable! What’s your age difference? Are you guys really close?
    My sister and I are around 2 years apart, but we are so close, I feel like there is no difference at all.
    You guys are too cute and I’m glad you’re enjoying the beach.
    My fave thing to do at the beach…I like running on the beach if it isn’t TOO hot out. It’s fun but it’s hard because the sand is so squishy…I just love the view of the ocean though. When it’s really hot, I’ll just walk and maybe dip my feet in like you do, but I’ll never go all the way in because then I get freaked out..I’m weird like that.

    1. shesarunner,
      We’re 14 months apart, and yeah we’re pretty close now. Plus we were really close when we were little (playing barbies and all :)). But NOT as teenagers!! Isn’t having a sister the best? :)

  36. Everytime I’m at the beach I have to search for shells. I don’t care if they’re cracked or long as they’re mostly in tact :) When I was in Hawai’i I learned how to body surf!! It was so much fun and a real thrill 😀

  37. anon says:

    does the caffeine from cocoa ever keep you up at night? i love dark chocolate but can’t have it for dessert because i won’t sleep…

    1. anon,
      I usually don’t have a problem falling asleep at night, but every now and then, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall asleep for a while. At times like those, I try to think about whether or not I ate a lot of chocolate that day… but it never seems to be any different from usual, so I’m guessing it isn’t the reason. But coffee, on the other hand? I try to NEVER drink coffee after 3PM (and I don’t really drink it at all) because it WILL keep me up.

  38. i always crave fruit after being in the sun and tanning! especially watermelon and cherries. omg and i devoured some h20Melon last night but freaking forgot to take a pic! why am i so gung-ho on fat huggin, yet fruit huggin keeps slipping my mind. we’re too busy belly huggin our fruits i presume.

    haha ur sisters bikini is quite similar to one i have.. its bright neon green and pink. when i take a pic the neon color reflects the camera lol so it just ends up being a burst of flashing light, randommmm haha <3


  39. Donna says:

    Katie…cute picture of you and your sister. I enjoy your blog, too, because you are fun and full of creative ideas and I’m always looking for new ideas when it comes to healthy food. That being said, I have to tell you, I – like “anon”- get a little concerned when I see some of the photos you post of yourself. We live in a culture that is obsessed with being thin. I trust that you are quite healthy…just realize that your pictures sometimes make you look extremely skinny. Love to you and your family.

    1. Donna,
      Thank you so much for writing your concern in such a respectful manner. Seriously, it’s really refreshing to read. I’ve actually written a post that relates to your comment, an I’ll hopefully get it published sometime in the next two weeks. Lots of love back to you!! :)

  40. I have been LOVING on some nectarines lately. They are sooo good after right out of the fridge when I need a break from tanning…. YUM!!!

  41. Sarah says:

    You look awesome! Skinny, but healthy. Your sis too. Two gorgeous girls :). Keep rocking, Katie!

  42. Eleanor,
    Thank you so much!! The fact that you took the time to make me feel better really meant a lot to me. Honestly, the only part of the comment that bugged me was that she included my sister in the negativity. I would’ve taken it down, but eh I’m too busy to take the time out of my day to do so ;).

  43. Katharina says:

    You and your sister look so much alike! Not only that but you are both hot mamas! I love going to the beach and swimming 😀 I could look for seashells in the water for hours. The water is pretty calm in south Florida.. unless there’s a hurricane oh jeez.


  44. Oh i loooooove the beach! but I don’t actually like to get IN the ocean!

  45. What a beautiful picture of you and your sister. You look absolutely beautiful, radiant, and HEALTHY…so ignore those idiotic comments that that anonymous person left. They didn’t even have the balls to put their own name on it. Size 0 looks different for each person, sheesh.
    I love the beach….. my favorite thing to do is to go for walks in the evening, when it’s cool and there’s a breeze and it’s just heavenly! I also love taking my grandpa’s dog on the beach, because she tries to eat the waves as they break. Yes, I said eat. LOL!

    1. Lauren,
      Your grandpa’s dog sounds like she’d get along very well with mine! Molly will eat ANYthing :-?.

  46. Kelly says:

    You and your sister are adorable. :)

    Man, I miss the beach – lakes do NOT count as beaches, no matter what these Wisconsin fools say! If it ain’t touchin’ the ocean, it ain’t no beach. That’s the kind of attitude being from the Ocean State gives ya!

  47. Sarah says:

    Gah I LOVE the beach!!
    And honestly, I hope you don’t take the mean Anon comments to heart (although I am under the impression that you are a tough cookie :)). Regardless of being thin- which is a body type that apparently people don’t seem to realize exists along with other types such as curvy, tall, short, big boned, etc- you GLOW with healthiness and happiness!

    1. Sarah,
      Thank you!!!! :) :)
      I was upset she brought my sister into it, but otherwise I didn’t care. I was too busy imagining fudge babies in bathing suits, after one commenter (Ilana) suggested it :).

  48. beautiful! I love the beach… I say that, but I live ON the beach (beach gate in the backyard!) but I NEVER go in the “winter”… which is now… even though it is still like 80 degrees outside, it is too cold for us, so I just stare at the beach but never enjoy it for these months! Africa has ruined me :)

    1. Courtney,
      80-degree winters?! I want to live where you are! :)

  49. Cecilia says:

    You and your sister are such gorgeous ladies! Seriously, good genes you guys have there, and I bet lots of guys hang around your house just to get to know you guys better! haha :) Btw, I’ve been making your recipes like crazy for the past month (still going strong) …. and next on the menu is your high protein chocolate cake. Nom nom nom!

    1. Cecilia!!
      Awww :). I hope you’re sharing some with Bobbie. Not that he needs to be any fatter… 😉

  50. Miss Rachel says:

    Lovely picture of you and your sister – makes me wish I could go to the beach today (I did last weekend). Funny about Molly eating crab claws. Just remember it could be worse: I knew someone who had a dog who loved nothing better than finding a dead seagull and then rolling on it – gah!

    I hope you continue to enjoy your vacation.

  51. Great picture of you two!! So beautiful!

    Love the beach, although living in FL, you do not always get to go and relax.

  52. Emily says:

    You and your sis are so beautiful!
    I’m enjoying blueberries right now from MI…so good on my oats for breakfast!

    I love the beach, too! I haven’t been since I got really sunburned, but hopefully I’ll be back soon because I live 5 minutes away!

  53. I don’t know if I have time to post a hug – a – fruit – picture, does my eat-a-pretzel-in-Berlin count? 😉

  54. Anne,
    Hey girl! Definitely don’t worry about rushing; the hug-a-fruit thing doesn’t end until the end of July :).
    You can hug anything; just link back to the hug-a-fruit post, and I’ll feature you!

  55. Andi says:

    When I hear “beach” I think “sandy” and that makes me think of pecan sandies, so maybe a fudge baby rolled in finely diced pecans, yum! :)