Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Rooting for the home team doesn't have to mean running afoul of your diet
Take me out to the ball game ... and it's one, two, three strikes, your
eating healthy plan is out! Or is it?
To me, baseball is synonymous with summer. My family goes to a handful of
games each season -- it's tradition! I make sure we go to one of the fireworks
games because they never disappoint; each year the fireworks show is more
spectacular than the last.
So when we're at the ballpark, can we still score a run with our healthy
Well, it's easier now than ever, as baseball stadiums around the country are
offering healthier concession options ranging from vegetable soup to roasted
turkey legs to sushi. It doesn't have to be all about hot dogs anymore!
I surveyed four well-known ballparks across the country to uncover some of
the healthier items on their menus. I also asked what their most popular food
items are, and if they had noticed any recent trends in fans' concession
purchasing habits. Here's what I found out:
SBC Park (home of the San Francisco Giants)
Healthier options (some of these items are only served at the "club"
- Portabella mushroom sandwich
- Greek salad with light Greek vinaigrette (served in a flatbread)
- Grilled summer vegetable skewers
- Lemon garlic marinated skinless chicken breast (served with Bermuda onions
on a cornmeal Kaiser bun)
- Lower-fat hot dogs and veggie dogs
- Granola and yogurt parfait (made with whole-milk organic yogurt, blended
with vanilla and coconut and layered with granola and blackberry compote)
- Fresh fruit (served in the Farmers Market section)
Most popular items:
- The Portabella mushroom sandwich and grilled summer vegetable skewers (see
- Strawberry shortcake (strawberry puree blended with brown sugar is drizzled
over homemade biscuits and topped with fresh strawberries and fresh whipped
- Garlic fries
- Hot dogs
- "Whole" unprocessed and organic foods are becoming more
- But "hearty foods" are going strong (SBC has a new, very popular