Eat Healthy at the Ballpark—and Beyond

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Eat Healthy at the Ballpark and Beyond

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Eat Healthy at the Ballpark—and Beyond

The joys of summer: baseball games, movies and carnivals. Not to mention hamburgers, ice cream and cotton candy! Eating when you’re having fun can be challenging, but that doesn’t mean you have to avoid your favorite pastimes. 

“My recommendation is to make sure you have something to eat before you go out because that’s the best defense against overdoing it,” says Marisa Moore, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.  High-fiber granola bars or protein-packed nuts are satisfying snacks.  But if you want to indulge in a treat during your outing, you can save calories by making smart choices. We’ve found the best and worst dishes for your waistline at these junk-food hot spots.


As if finding something healthy at baseball games weren’t hard enough, many parks are now offering all-you-can-eat seats, where the average person consumes a whopping 6,000 calories, according to Moore. These tickets, usually ranging from $30 to $55, allow fans to gorge on everything from peanuts to hot dogs. While this may sound like a deal for your wallet, it’s no good for your waistline! Instead, indulge in just one treat. 

Tempted by:

Large Nachos with Cheese (4oz):
Cal: 1,101
Fat: 59g
Carbs: 131g

Chocolate Ice Cream Sundae (10oz)
Cal: 880
Fat: 42g
Carbs: 121g

Try these smarter options:

Hot Dog with bun (4oz)
Cal: 309
Fat: 14g
Carbs: 33g

Snow Cone with 3oz Syrup
Cal: 270
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 68g

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