Fuel For The Pool

New Year’s resolutions are here in all their healthy-eating glory, and while hungry tummies certainly deserve a good kale smoothie on occasion (whether or not they want a kale smoothie is another story entirely!), when it comes to fuel for the pool, it’s important to make sure your little ones don’t eat or drink anything 30 minutes prior to swim lessons.

Here are a few pre-swim snack ideas to keep your little ones happy, healthy and swimming strong in 2019!

Fruits and Veggies

Numero uno will fit right in with any resolutions going on in your home. Fruits and veggies are an easy-to-digest snack with creative possibilities galore.
  • Baby carrots are quick and easy to grab out of the fridge.
  • Spread nut butter on celery sticks and add a few raisins for “ants on a log.”
  • Eat the rainbow with colorful, sliced peppers in red, orange, yellow and green.
  • Freeze grapes or blueberries (dip them in yogurt…yum!) for an icy treat.
  • Arrange sliced bananas on a piece of peanut butter toast or rice cake with a tiny drizzle of honey.
  • Cut apples, pineapple, cucumbers or zucchini with a small cookie cutter to make bite-sized shapes.
  • Dip broccoli and cauliflower “trees” in hummus.


Crackers and easy-to-grab snacks are important to have on hand because we all know the days get busy. Graham crackers, pretzels, rice cakes, fig bars and granola are other quick and easy options to fuel your little one before swim lessons.

Nuts, Seeds and Dried Fruit

If your child is old enough to eat nuts and dried fruit, toss together some trail mix along with sunflower, pumpkin and/or chia seeds for a power-packed snack.

Applesauce or Fruit Pouches

Applesauce and fruit pouches are a quick grab-and-go option becoming increasingly popular for busy families. Pop ’em in the freezer for a sweet, slushy treat!

Water Bottle

Keeping a water bottle on hand to give your child after swim lessons will help them remember that swimming is exercise, and although they may not feel thirsty, it’s important to stay hydrated. Even after swimming.

At Aqua-Tots Swim Schools, we want your little ones to be safe and healthy for their entire lives. Combining swim lessons with healthy snack habits is just one more way to see your tots live their best life! And we’re thrilled to be a part of it!
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