Staying Slim at the Stadium

There is so much hype over the new food options at improved stadiums throughout the country. Food from Blue Smoke and Shake Shack can be eaten by Met’s fans, while Yankee devotees can enjoy food from Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and Johnny Rockets. Although the bevy of food choices at stadiums can be exciting, for those of you who are trying to eat healthy, it can be somewhat intimidating. I've collected some of our hits and misses when dining out at the stadiums.

Pick: Sushi. Choose cucumber or California rolls over the spicy tuna or salmon rolls (which are made with mayo)

Skip: Macaroni and cheese; Zeppole’s, which are fried sugared dough

Pick: Roast beef sandwich on rye with lettuce, tomato and mustard or if you associate hot dogs with a baseball game, just have ONE (not foot long) with mustard (Nathan’s hot dog = 320 calories)

Skip: Fried fish sandwich; Bucket of popcorn which equals 2,473 calories! 

Pick: Food from the Kid’s Cart, which offers school lunch favorites in small portions like PB&J sandwiches, small hot dogs and Kozy Shack puddings. As crazy as it sounds, check out Melissa’s Produce, a mini farmers’ market to pick up some fruit (Yankee Stadium- located behind the main entrance)

Skip: BBQ fried pickles; Milkshakes

Tip: Make sure to check out the calorie counts posted at every food vendor. Decide if you’re going to plan on just having a snack at the game or eating a meal. Keep a snack to under 200 calories and a meal to under 400 calories

Tip: Plan ahead. When possible, it’s always a great idea to bring your own meal to the stadium. You can save money and eat healthy by bringing a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato and mustard on whole wheat bread. Also pack a pre-portioned bag of nuts. Try Blue Diamond’s 100 calorie almond snack pack.

Tip: Whether it be a cheese string and an apple or some Fiber Rich crackers and cottage cheese, try and eat a snack right before heading to the game to prevent your hunger from getting the best of you! You’ll be less inclined to reach for the burger and fries if you’re not ravenous, and more likely to reach for something nutritious.