By Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN | Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Still looking for a special holiday gift for your swimmer? When it comes to food and nutrition, all swimmers could use a little help, so give your swimmer a competitive edge with these gift ideas.
- Instead of baking (or buying Christmas cookies), teach your swimmer how to bake their own energy bars. There are many good recipes, but I like this one for Energy Bars from registered dietitian, Ellie Krieger. Teaching your child to bake is a gift that keeps on giving, so get in the kitchen together to whip up some healthy treats and freeze them for an easy snack to take to swim practice.
- If baking isn’t your forte, how about a case of chocolate milk? Granola bars, whey protein bars, bloks and gels are also good ideas. With whatever you choose, tuck in a little note about how to use them: dairy drinks are good recovery drinks, bloks or gels are best before practice or during a long workout and should be accompanied by drinking water; whey protein bars are best eaten after a hard practice or strength-training session, and granola or energy bars are best 3-4 hours before training, so they have time to be digested.
- Time for a new water bottle? There are so many options to choose from: stainless steel, wide mouth (especially good for drinking poolside when there is a break in training), leak proof, double-walled, and sweat proof. Some can keep drinks cold for 24 hour and drinks hot for 12 hours.
- How about a throw-back, old school thermos? A thermos is perfect for soup-on-the-go and soup makes a great lunch or post-workout snack. Heat your favorite chicken noodle, vegetable, or quinoa soup and pour into the thermos to keep it hot.
- A wearable fitness tracker. I think a wearable device is better than a subscription-based fitness app; a wearable is one-time purchase but allows tracking all sorts of data to help performance…from workouts to food intake.
Happy holidays to all of the swimmers and here is to a lovely time spent with family and friends, and have a healthy new year!
Chris Rosenbloom is a registered dietitian nutritionist and professor emerita of nutrition at Georgia State University. She is the author of the consumer book, Food & Fitness After 50. She welcomes questions from swimmers, parents and coaches. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org; follow her on Twitter @chrisrosenbloom or visit her website at ChrisRosenbloom.