Confessions from the Concession Stand
Chris Rosenbloom, PhD, RDN, CSSD
My nephews swim on a local swim team, and at a recent meet I saw a swimmer with “eat my bubbles” painted on her back. Eating bubbles might have been a better choice than what I saw for sale in the concession stand. Hostess chocolate cupcakes, candy bars, pepperoni pizza, soft drinks, potato chips, gummy candies and chocolate sandwich cookies were all on sale for $1.00. I saw many young swimmers going back and forth from mom or dad’s wallet to the concession stands between races.
I know that concessions are run by swim meet supporters as a way to raise money for the team, but why not raise money by raising the bar on snacks offered to young athletes and to those in attendance? It doesn’t have to be expensive or involve a lot of preparation to offer healthy, tasty foods that will fuel swimmers. Here are my top choices for a concession stand make-over:
||Banana Bread or pudding cups
||Granola Bars with rolled oats
||Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
||Bottled water, fitness water, or light sports drinks
||Whole grain cheese crackers
||Raisins or craisins
|Chocolate sandwich cookies
||Fig or berry bars
Other good choices include trail mix (buy or make trail mix and measure ½ cup portions into sandwich bags), frozen grapes, watermelon slices, string cheese sticks, 6-ounce cups of fruited yogurt, soy nuts, cups of mixed berries, and bananas.
So, next swim meet try to replace some of concession stand standards with some new, healthier treats.