Snacks to pack in your swimmer’s bag

Cereal and nuts are items that you could pack for your young swimmer.

Cereal and nuts are items that you could pack for your young swimmer.

Your young swimmer can be so busy at times that they may forget to bring enough fuel for practice. While they need foods like fruit and dairy, it may not be wise to pack such items because they could go bad. Don't forget that busy swimmers can also be forgetful! 

The following are a few snacks that can be stored in a gym bag for long periods of time. They'll keep your athlete from going hungry and you won't have to worry about staining or damaging their competition swimwear

  • Dried fruit - When you can't pack grapes or cut apples, the dry varieties are a great alternative. If your child really needs to eat something fast, you may also want to consider putting in a few squeezable fruit puree packs. 
  • Dry cereal – Products like Shredded Wheat and Cheerios are full of fiber and carbs. Try to choose products that are low in sugar. 
  • Nuts – Before handing them over to your child, make sure that the swim club or practice facility allows nuts and nut products. If it's okay, packing handfuls of nuts in small zipper bags can provide your young athlete with a healthy boost of fat and fiber. Nut butters can also be paired with crackers or pretzels. 
  • Seeds – Items like pumpkin, sunflower and Chia seeds have unique flavors and are full of nutrients like vitamin E and zinc. They also work well mixed into trail mix. Make sure that the seeds that you purchase are already hulled.