I love going to a baseball game. The excitement, energy and noise are so exhilarating. Well, I guess if you have a winning team. The poor Astro’s have lost 9 straight. Thank goodness I am a Cubs fan!. Our tickets were mostly free this time because Brent and Addi both had perfect attendance at school! I am so proud of them, we all worked hard to stay healthy and get to class on time. So we celebrated by going to the game and enjoying some treats. But, eating healthy is probably not the first thing you think about when you say “take me out to the ballgame.”
Have you ever been successful trying to eat “healthy” at a baseball game? It’s a struggle for me every time, but then again, I only go to 1 or 2 games a year. I try not beat myself up for having treats at the ballpark because its not an everyday thing. Now, if I had season tickets or something, I would definitely be more diligent about what I chose to eat. I do go to little league games a lot during the spring so I plan those days because we are at the ballpark about 2 or 3 times a week. Nachos would not make for a healthy diet.
Here are some ideas to keep in mind if you are going out to a game and still want to eat on the healthier side.
- Do some research before you go to find out if there are any healthy eating joints close to where you are sitting. Most stadiums have restaurants with healthier selections. Scope it out.
- Also, read the ballpark policy on bringing in food and drinks from home. Our park does allow outside food and drink, but with restrictions. I brought in a bag of goldfish and pistachios for our snack during the game.
- Some healthier selections to get at the game are crackerjacks, sunflower seeds, soft pretzels (knock off the salt), snow cones and, my favorite…hot dogs. Stick to the small (regular) size hot dogs, not the extra long. Mustard, onions and relish are my fav toppings. Lose the chili and cheese.
- If you go for the peanuts or popcorn, remember to share with everyone because its easy to eat way over a normal portion size. Keep it to a handful. So….be nice and share.
- Try to avoid high calorie, high fat selections like nacho’s, chicken tender or anything deep fried for that matter and ice cream. These are the traditional choices to say goodbye to.
- Beer is an okay choice. Keep it to one if your a woman, and two for a man. Try to select the “light” beers and keep it regular sized, no souvenir cups. 🙂
- Choose diet soda for those souvenir cups. Remember water is always best.
I don’t know about you , but I love love love summer time! But I know that it is harder for me to eat healthy with all the activities that go on. Here are a few tips I use to help me keep on track. I hope you will find them helpful as well.
I try to eat healthy most of the time but I do indulge myself because , hey, it’s summer!
1. Have a plan! It is easy to say “I am going to eat healthy at the BBQ today.” What does that mean? This broad statement can set you up for failure. Try to spell out specific goals you can follow through with during the event. Write your plan down and stick to it. You have to remember to do it!! It’s easy to forget once you get there.
2. Bring a dish that you know is healthy. It’s okay to be known as the person who always brings a veggie tray with hummus or cut up fruit for everyone. Trust me, I am this person. Guess what?? My friends count on it because they are trying to eat healthier too.
3. Make sure you sit away from the food table. You will be less tempted to keep mindless snacking. This type of snacking makes your calorie intake go up and up. Stay away from the food and mingle or visit with friends who are away from the table as well.
4. Plan to eat on a plate and make only one trip to the food table. Avoid taking bites of food without having it on a plate first. It is easy to overeat when you aren’t keeping track of the portion sizes of what you are eating. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. 1/4 of the plate grains and 1/4 meat. Use ChooseMyPlate.gov to help.
5. Add extra activity. Try to workout extra a few days before and after your summer celebration to help balance the extra calories you will be taking in. It is really easy to overeat your usual activity so adding in extra is great.
6. Limit empty calorie beverages. Try to drink only one regular soda, sugar sweetened tea or alcoholic beverage. Stick with water or unsweetened tea after you have had a high calorie drink.
Enjoy your summer!!
Does anyone know about the movie “Searchers” from 1956 with John Wayne? Well, this is my dad’s favorite movie. Me and my sisters heard him talking about it all the time growing up. I have seen it a couple of times and it is a great movie. My sister, Tiffany, found out it was playing at our local cinema!! Dad’s birthday is in July so she wanted to surprise him and got tickets for all of us. The original fam…mom, dad, Kim, Tif and me, + Kim’s boyfriend Josh got to go. Our other dude’s couldn’t make it. He thought we were just going to dinner (I love surprises). Dad was totally surprised, we didn’t tell him until we were eating dinner. This is when Tif told him.
It was a great time. He had the sweetest and excited look on his face. Here is a pic of me and dad…
We had a great time. We all really enjoyed the movie and being together. I could hear dad whispering different facts and tidbits about the movie. We all agreed there should me a remake. Maybe Viggo Mortensen or Liam Neeson as John Wayne??? Mom said Tom Selleck, HA! She has always loved him… Hehehe.
Here are my eats for the day.
Breakfast was a pb and j shake after my bootcamp class at 5am. It has banana, peanut butter, berries and yogurt. Quite filling. Todd also made me an iced chai tea latte. BTW, I love the Bears!!! Can you tell?!
AM snack was small but tasty. 1 ounce of almonds and 1 ounce of craisins.
Lunch was deli roast beef on a whole wheat hot dog bun. I added veggies from the salad bar at work and picked up pineapples to add to my cherries.
Dinner was not our planned – Chile con Turkey. I actually forgot about the surprise plans with Dad, which is good actually so I didn’t ruin the surprise. 🙂 We went to Chuy’s. I skipped the chips. I had a Corona Light, salad with a veggie enchilada and a small scoop of guacamole. Look at all that food!! Not too calorie dense.
TIP: Skipping the chips and margarita really help keep the calories down.