All great swimmers know the importance of a healthy, nutritious diet, not only to stay healthy, but to perform to their highest potential. This summer, KISO Swim School has put together a few healthy items to keep you performing your best before, during and after a day of swimming.
It's no surprise that the Florida summer heat can drain out any athlete. When asked what is the best beverage to drink during or after a swim class, I always say water. Water is essential and out performs any "sports beverage" because it has no calories and no sugar. The cold, pure taste of water is especially nice on a hot Florida Summer's day. Staying hydrated is a necessity and only water can replenish what your body truly needs. The best part, it's free! So drink up this summer!
For a delicious and tasty post-swim class snack, I recommend grabbing some of Florida's fresh in-season fruits! For the month of June, oranges, mangoes, and watermelons are all in-season right here in Florida! You can find more fruits that are in season during a specific month here! An apple is another great wholesome snack to replenish the nutrients you need after an hour or two of swimming! Apples are a great source for natural fiber and Vitamin C.
There's no denying that we all crave something a little sweeter. While searching Whole Foods for the perfect healthy, sweet treat, I was looking for something that was easy to throw into a swim bag or backpack when you're on the go. After looking at the health bars in Whole Foods I was amazed at the abundant amount of ingredients I couldn't pronounce and the overload of added sugar. I finally found a bar that has only 2 ingredients and tastes delicious! Its called "Thats It." Made only with apples and strawberries. They have made different flavors like apple and mango or apple and blueberry. There's no added sugar in these bars, it's all-natural, gluten-free, vegan and tastes delicious! They are very sweet and a great on-the-go snack!
There are many options to choose from when deciding what to eat and put into your body, but choosing wholesome, fresh and non-preservative foods is the best decision for your performance in and out of the pool!