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8 tips for eating out at the ballgame

July 11, 2016

8 tips for eating out at the ballgame

Nachos, burgers and hot dogs are traditional ballpark fare, which can leave you longing for your own. However, going to a ball game doesn't mean you have to strike out on eating healthy. In fact, most stadiums — including Petco Park in San Diego — offer several healthier options, making it a little easier to watch your waistline.

"San Diego is a health-conscious city, and we are constantly working toward giving fans more options," says Dan Gora, hospitality coordinator for Petco Park.

"One of our vendors has that local market feel where you can walk in with a shopping cart and choose from a wide variety of grab-and-go healthy items," says Gora. These include salads, poke, gluten-free pizza and sandwiches, acai bowls, fresh fruits and vegetables, and more.

Other alternatives include fresh-pressed juices and vendors offering ramen bowls with fresh veggies, chicken and shrimp.

Need a little more guidance on what to choose?

Amy Ornelas, registered dietitian at Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, offers eight tips on making healthy choices when heading to the ball game:

1. Look online before you go and scope out options ahead of time.

Many times you can find what concessions and restaurants are located in and near the ballpark so you can plan your choices before visiting.

2. Bring your own if you can.

Several ballparks allow you to bring in your own food and beverages, including Petco Park. View restrictions on outside food and beverages at Petco. 

3. Eat before you go.

Having a snack before attending a game can help take the edge off feeling hungry and prevent ravenous feelings when you arrive to the park. 

4. Choose wisely.

Choose items that incorporate fruits and veggies to reduce your caloric intake.


5. Pay attention.

Be mindful of when you are feeling full to avoid overeating.

6. Indulge a little.

Pick a park favorite that you really enjoy and savor it slowly.

7. Control your portions.

The best way to control portions and limit caloric intake is to share with others in your group.

8. Focus on the fun.

Have fun at the game and don't forget to root for your team!

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