30 Easy Swim Meet Snack Ideas
On meet days, swimmers need quick, energy-boosting snacks they can scarf down between races. Here are 30 swim meet snack ideas that are yummy and easy to toss in your swim bag.
- Hummus - Pack a variety of dippers like pretzels, carrots, cucumbers and pita chips to have options for even the pickiest snacker. Bonus: hummus is made from chickpeas, which provide protein to strengthen muscles for the perfect butterfly stroke.
- Ants on a Log - This simple combo of celery, peanut butter and a line of raisins is sure to delight younger swimmers while packing a healthy punch of protein. If your teammates have allergies, try sun butter, which is made from sunflower seeds.
- Baby Carrots - Bring single-serve ranch or dressing cups for added flavor.
- Edamame - These soybeans are a great grab-and-go snack since swimmers can eat the peas straight from the pods. Add sea salt for extra flavor, and be sure to bring an extra bag for discarded pods.
- Veggie Chips - Make your own by tossing thinly-sliced sweet potatoes, zucchini and kale with olive oil and a pinch of salt, then cook them on a baking sheet until lightly brown and crispy.
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Fast and Fruity
- Orange Slices - Cut and peel oranges ahead of time for convenience.
- Apples - Serve whole, or cut them up and bring peanut butter to dip for an extra protein boost.
- Strawberries - Simply wash them and bring them in their container from the store. Buy or make yogurt dip for extra protein and a dash of sweetness.
- Fig Bars - Figs are a great source of fiber and vitamins to keep swimmers' energy up.
- Bananas - This potassium-packed treat can help ward off sore muscles and cramping. (Another great one to pair with peanut or nut-free butter!)
- Frozen Fruit - Try freezing watermelon slices or grapes for a tasty way to beat the heat.
- Applesauce and Fruit Pouches - Often found in the baby food section, these portable pouches are healthy and delicious for all ages.
- Raisins - The small boxes are easy to pass out to the team for a quick, sweet snack between races.
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- Pretzels - Try them dipped in peanut butter or pimento cheese.
- Dried Chickpeas - Buy at the store or make them at home, where you can season with spices like turmeric and pepper.
- Trail Mix - Get your swimmers involved the night before the meet by having them put together their favorite combination of pretzels, nuts, dried fruit, granola and even chocolate.
- Popcorn - You may need to pop ahead of time (or borrow the microwave at the concession stand, if applicable). Look for lightly salted varieties rather than the heavy-butter stuff to save on calories.
- Cheese Crackers - Make your cracker sandwiches ahead of time so swimmers can grab-and-go. Choose wheat crackers and low-fat cheese if you want a healthier option.
- Mixed Nuts - Every handful will deliver plenty of protein. Choose plain or lightly salted to cut down on sodium.
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- Greek Yogurt - Try pouches if the spoon variety is too messy for the pool deck.
- Peanuts - Buy single-serve packs or divide a large package into smaller bags. These protein-packed nuts are a great and easy snack (if your team is allergy-free, of course).
- String Cheese - Who doesn't love cheese? There are lots of options: mozzarella is fun to pull apart while cheddar jack has a cool speckled look.
- Protein Bars - Look for varieties that are high in protein and fiber but low in sugar.
- Graham Crackers and Peanut Butter - Make mini-sandwiches ahead of time or let swimmers dip crackers into the peanut butter as they go.
- Homemade Protein Balls - Find a recipe online — most contain a combination of nut butter, whey protein and chia seeds.
- Hardboiled Eggs - These will take some prep-work ahead of time, but swimmers can peel and eat these protein-packed snacks themselves.
- Turkey Rollups - Roll a slice of cheese up in a slice of deli turkey for a low carb snack.
- Beef Jerky - The average piece of jerky has about 7 grams of protein, and the packs are easy to toss into a swim bag. Stay away from spicy flavors though, because the heat combined with swimmers' horizontal position can be a recipe for acid reflux.
- Whey Protein Shakes - Choose a protein powder with the simplest ingredients possible, and have swimmers shake it up with water or milk in a sports bottle.
- Tuna Pouches - Leave the can opener at home and opt for pouches that will be easy for swimmers to open and dip crackers in.
Whether you're on the pool deck for a full day or just a quick meet, these snacks are sure to keep your swimmers satisfied.
Sarah Pryor is a journalist, wife, mom and Auburn football fan living in Charlotte, N.C.