A Dietitian’s Guide to Eating Healthy at the Ballgame

Summer is the time for baseball.┬áDuring the summer heat, the playoff races are under way and hopefully the Phillies, Blue Rocks and even the local little league teams are in the running. Many of us enjoy going to the ballpark to watch a game, and the experience just isn’t complete without some traditional ballpark food. Not all of those foods are healthy. It is possible however, to grab a healthy bite before the game and not sabotage your health efforts. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Eat a snack before you go. This will keep you from being famished when you arrive at the game.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Water will keep you hydrated at a hot game and can help to promote fullness.
  3. Go for plain foods and add healthy condiments. Order a single burger and add healthy toppings like mustard, onions, lettuce, tomato and ketchup. Avoid double meat, bacon and extra cheese.
  4. Look over the available options. Many ballparks have more than one food concession stand. Check out the healthy options offered at Citizens Bank Park including black-bean burgers and mozzarella, eggplant and red pepper hoagies. At Blue Rocks games, healthy options include grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.

So what about the peanuts? Peanuts in the shell can be a good option if you share the portion. Soft pretzels are low in fat and a better option than nachos with cheese. Keep your eyes open for healthy options and enjoy the game.