Eating Healthy At the Ballpark

April’s here, and you know what that means? Aces Baseball! As the Aces open their season tonight versus the El Paso Chihuahuas follow some of these healthy eating tips, and enjoy a day at the ballpark without regretting it on your waistline later.

Derailing your diet and enjoying a day at the ballpark do not necessarily have to go hand-in-hand. And we’re not telling you to sneak in a salad to avoid eating that juicy hotdog either! All of these treats can be found at your favorite concession stand. It’s all about moderation and making the right substitutions.

INSTEAD OF THIS

EAT THAT

Peanuts: Although a great source of heart-healthy fat, you’re likely to chow-down on more than a single serving. A simple half cup of shelled peanuts contains 414 calories and 36 grams of fat. It would take you more than two hours to burn that off on the treadmill. Sunflower Seeds: These little guys are not only packed with heart-healthy fat, but a quarter cup will get you well through the seventh inning stretch. They have fewer calories and grams of fat than peanuts and are loaded with vitamin E.
Ice Cream: This creamy delight may be help you beat the heat during a scorching double-header, but one cup of chocolate ice cream contains nearly 500 calories and 11 teaspoons of refined sugar. Snow Cone: Satisfy your sweet tooth with this cool treat. Since it’s primarily ice, it only contains about 30 calories and five grams of sugar while also providing some extra hydration.
Chicken Fingers: Some may think that chicken fingers are a healthier option compared to a greasy burger in fries. However, at about 100 calories a strip, these deep-fried little buggers can add-up on your waistline quickly. Hotdog: A ballpark staple and diet-friendly to boot! An all-beef hotdog and bun is only about 214 calories. A few squirts of mustard adds next to nothing as a teaspoon is only three calories and not fat, and two teaspoons of sauerkraut is no more than 10 calories. Just avoid the chili and cheese.
Nachos: Between the greasy chips and oily cheese sauce (if you can even call it cheese), nachos are about as useful as a pitcher with a broken arm. Capping out at more than 1,100 calories, 1,580 mg of sodium, and an entire day’s allowance of fat, avoid these at all costs. Soft Pretzel: Although not the healthiest pick on this list, it certainly beats the alternative. It already has fewer than half of the calories in nachos, and if you rub off some of the salt, it’s an even better option!