Eating Out at the Old Ball Game

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Take me out to the ball game! But don't buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. Well peanuts may be ok (more on that later). Summertime is synonymous with some all-American baseball. Although the bevy of food choices at stadiums can be exciting, for those of you who are trying to eat healthy, it can be somewhat intimidating. But you can satisfy your appetite with a few good picks that are pretty universally available at stadiums, concert venues and arenas across the country. I've collected some hits and misses when dining out at the stadium. 

What to Pick 

  • A surprisingly good choice is the all-American hot dog. Get it without the bun (and not a foot long) and with a squirt of mustard. 
  • For a nutritious, satisfying snack, look to the guy selling roasted peanuts. Share the bag with others, though peanuts are loaded with healthy fat, they are high in calories. Aim for a serving, about 28 peanuts (165 calories).
  • Look for a roast beef sandwich on rye with lettuce, tomato and mustard. Other workable choices include grilled chicken salads, garden salads, grilled chicken sandwich or veggie burgers. 
  • Whether kids are with you or not, ordering off the kids menu is a good option. These smaller portions can include school lunch favorites like PB&J sandwiches, small hot dogs and single-serve puddings. 

What to Skip

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Fried dough and Zeppoles
  • Fried fish sandwich
  • Bucket of popcorn which can equal up to 2,473 calories! 
  • Milkshakes

Simple Tips to Navigate the Stadium

  • Make sure to check out the calorie counts posted at every food vendor. Decide if you’re going to plan on just having a snack at the game or eating a meal. Keep a snack to under 200 calories and a meal to under 400 calories
  • Plan ahead. When possible, it’s always a great idea to bring your own meal to the stadium. You can save money and eat healthy by bringing a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mustard on whole wheat bread. Also pack a pre-portioned bag of nuts. 
  • Whether it be a cheese string and an apple or some Fiber Rich crackers and cottage cheese, try and eat a snack right before heading to the game to prevent your hunger from getting the best of you! You’ll be less inclined to reach for the burger and fries if you’re not ravenous, and more likely to reach for something nutritious.
  • Moderate your beer consumption, enticing as it is. Sip on one lite beer and keep water by your side over the course of the big game.

Heather Bauer, RD CDN
Heather Bauer, RD CDN


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