Hot dogs, peanuts, nachos and beer may be the official foods and beverage of Major League Baseball, but not when dietitians are in the house. Unfortunately, this type of meal can add more than 700 calories and a couple days’ worth of saturated fat to your diet. In this blog, dietitians go to Yankee and Dodger Stadiums to see which stadium is the nutrition winner.
You probably don’t expect professional stadium eats to be healthy, but in the past several years, most Major League Baseball and National Football League stadiums have, in fact, revamped their foodservice offerings so that it’s possible to get a stadium meal won’t defeat your attempts to eat healthier.
In fact, at the New Yankee Stadium, there is a mini Farmer’s Market for fresh picks as well as a Sushi bar and food is served to you at your seat. But you can still blow your diet with many New York faves served at the stadium like Carvel ice cream, Boar’s Head deli sandwiches, Nathan’s and Hebrew National dogs and lots of fat-rich BBQ and fried foods.
Katherine and I went to Yankee stadium and Kelly Plowe and other RDs went to Dodger stadium. Both stadiums have vegetarian dogs, burgers and grilled chicken options. Katherine and I opted to have the grilled veggie sandwich (we split one), and a small bag of UTZ potato chips and diet sodas. During the 7th Inning, we opted for a NY soft pretzel and mustard, which we also split.
At Dodger stadium, the dietitians skipped the famous Dodger Dogs (10 ¾ inches long) and opted for grilled chicken with tossed green salad and side of cooked carrots and diet soda. The Yankee stadium meal and pretzel was about 500 calories and the Dodger Stadium was about 400. That’s fewer calories than you’d get in one stadium dog of small serving of garlic fries.
Like their win-loss records, the Yankees win for having more concessions for their health-conscious fans…like Jay-Z?
Some of the options to check out at stadiums include:
• Fruit Salads
• Green salads (ask for dressing on the side)
• Veggie burger and dogs
• Deli turkey or chicken sandwiches
• Grilled veggie or chicken sandwiches
• Soft pretzels with mustard (brush off most of the salt)