Happy Opening Day! In addition to the fresh air, cheering, and the excitement of the game – ballpark food and beer are a part of the experience. Just because you’re at a game doesn’t mean you have to toss your healthy habits aside nor does it mean you have to deny yourself a treat. Here are a few ways to make your next game a healthier experience.
- Avoid the Nachos
You’re looking at more than 1,200 plus calories! If it’s your favorite item, try sharing the order with a group of friends.
- Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks
Buttery popcorn isn’t your best option. Go for a box of Cracker Jacks, which has only about 120 calories compared to over 1,000 for popcorn.
- Swap the Burger for Chicken
Once you add the cheese and toppings, the calorie-count can sky-rocket. Opt for a leaner protein and eat the grilled chicken sandwich instead.
- A Healthier Dog
It’s the toppings that are a nutrition killer. I’m looking at you Bacon and Blue Dogs. Select a regular size hot dog and toppings like relish and onions. Ketchup can be high in sugar, so reach for the mustard instead.
- Load Up On Vegetables
There are plenty of vegetarian options throughout most baseball stadiums like wraps, sandwiches, salads, and veggie dogs and burgers. Check out places that have a make your own salad option. Remember to skip the cheese and select a non-creamy dressing.
- Limit Your Beverage Intake
Whether it is beer or soda, try to limit yourself to only one or two beverages.
- Pack a Lunch
Did you know that most stadiums allow you to bring your own food? Pack a healthy picnic lunch or snack, plus bottles of water.
Add More Activity Into Your Game Day
- Bike to the Game
Avoid the parking hassle and burn extra calories by biking to the game. Utilize the bike lanes throughout the area if they are available and be prepared for the weather.
- Take a Lap
Don’t just walk to your seats, take a lap around the stadium in between innings.
- 7thInning Stretch
Avoid sitting the whole game and take your own 7th inning stretch by standing up, stretching and moving around. Walk up and down the stairs a few times to get some blood flowing to your legs.