Take Me Out to the Ball Game!
Rooting for the home team doesn't have to mean running afoul of your diet
3. Beware of Ballpark Beverages
It's a long day when you go to a game (including driving, parking, stadium
walking etc.). Over five to six hours, you'll need quite a few pints of
thirst-quenching liquid -- especially on hot days. So save yourself both money
and calories by bringing your own water or sparkling mineral water.
For hot games, freeze water bottles ahead of time so they'll be nice and
cold at the ballpark. Be sure to check with the stadium ahead of time to find
out what kind of beverage containers are allowed inside (usually plastic). You
can always buy a token beverage -- like a diet soda or light beer Â as well, if
4. Be a Sampler!
If there is a ballpark food item that just calls to you, try having just a
nibble of your friend's or family member's garlic fries, red licorice rope,
Polish sausage, or whatever (with their permission, of course!). It might be so
satisfying that you don't feel the need to get a whole order for yourself.
Bring the fun of the ballpark home to your kitchen! Here are a few
lower-calorie knockoffs of popular ballpark foods.
Journal as: 3/4 cup "starches with 1 teaspoon
Garlic fries are popular at ballparks across the country. This is a lighter
rendition using a lot less oil AND a lot less butter.
Canola cooking spray
1 1/2 pounds peeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (canola oil if possible)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic (or 4 garlic cloves, minced)
1 tablespoon finely chopped Italian or regular parsley
1 tablespoon freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with canola
- Combine the next 3 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag, tossing to
- Arrange potatoes in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake at 400
degrees for 40 minutes or until potatoes are tender and golden brown, turning
after 20 minutes.
- Place butter and garlic in a large nonstick skillet; cook over low heat 2
minutes, stirring constantly. Add potatoes, parsley, and Parmesan cheese to
pan; toss to coat. Serve immediately.
Makes 3 servings.
Nutrition information per serving: 256 calories, 6 g protein,
42.3 g carbohydrate, 7.7 g fat (3.3 g saturated fat, 2 g monounsaturated fat, 2
g polyunsaturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g fiber, 243 mg sodium, 55 mg
calcium. Calories from fat: 27%.