By: Gwen Vito Date: 6/18/10
We are all familiar with many traditional ballpark favorites: cheeseburger, chicken tenders, French fries, hot dogs, not to mention the peanuts and cracker jacks. But is it possible to maintain a healthful diet inside the stadium? As it turns out, yes! Many ballparks nowadays are adding healthier, yet still delicious, options to their menus. Here are a few innovative stadiums that made some nutritious changes:
♦ At Jacobs field, home of the Cleveland Indians, grilled salmon, and chicken breast have become popular options.
♦ Padres fans can now enjoy fish tacos, tuna sandwiches and low-fat hotdogs in San Diego.
♦ There are a wide variety of changes at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Veggie wraps, spinach and strawberry salads, hummus with veggies, fruit salads, turkey wraps, turkey hot dogs and veggie dogs are all the rage.
♦ Crab cake sandwiches, which contain ½ the fat of a cheeseburger and only 3.5 g of saturated fat, compared to the cheeseburger with 21 grams of saturated fat, have become a famous healthy choice among Orioles fans at Camden Yards in Baltimore.
♦ In San Francisco, portabella mushroom sandwiches, Greek salads, vegetable skewers, granola and yogurt parfaits, and fresh fruit are now available to Giant’s fans at SBC Park.
♦ Mariners fans, in Seattle, now enjoy veggie dogs, garden burgers, and vegan soups.
♦ Citi Field in New York now offers sushi as well as fresh fruit and milk at kid’s stands, which cater to Mets fans both young and old.
♦ And here in Washington, D.C., there are tons of great choices like nuts, vegetarian chili, grilled chicken sandwiches and more.
No matter where you take in a game, even though it may be tempting to immediately go for some of your high-calorie favorites, think about your heart and make some healthy, yet still delicious, choices instead. Here are some tips you can use to help you stay on track:
1. Eat before you go!
2. Consider your beverages: diet soda and water are refreshing no calorie options.
3. Bring in your own snacks. Remember that these must be in unopened packages. Try bringing granola bars, low-fat chips, fruit snacks, yogurt, fruit cup, dried fruit, low-fat string cheese, sunflower seeds, or nuts.
4. Exercise before the game.
5. Fit the ballpark food into your calorie needs. You may want to eat less early in the day or the next day to make up for added calories consumed during the game.
Remember, there is a multitude of small stands around the stadium. Many, of which, are one-of-a-kind. So, don’t be afraid to get up, stretch, and look around for your favorite healthy options. Having a plan is the best way to stay on track.