Scouting Report: Are Your Food Choices a Hit or a Miss at the Ballpark?


"The sultan of swat! The king of crash! The colossus of clout! (The colossus of clout!)" Unfortunately, I’m not talking about the one and only Babe Ruth, but the other heavy hitters at the ballpark: calories, beer and game day snacks. Stadiums across America are brimming with calories and fat-laden food. For example, did you know a souvenir silver bucket of popcorn at Yankee Stadium contains a whopping 2,473 calories? With various concession stands and individuals tempting you with their box full of peanuts and crackerjacks, it’s no wonder the seventh-inning stretch pertains to more than just baseball.

But there are plenty of opportunities to hit it out of the park with healthy options at both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field.

Home runs at Yankee Stadium:

  • Lobel’s Steak Sandwich– 464 calories
  • Nathan’s Grilled Chicken Sandwich-380 calories
  • Spicy Tuna Rolls– 195 calories
  • Veggie Rolls: 160 calories
  • Cotton Candy: 175 calories
  • Fresh Produce-brought to you by Melissa’s: oranges, apples, pears

Base Hit at Citi Field:
Did you know that you can check your health status at the game? Visit the Health Information Team (H.I.T) Center at Citi Field to get your health report card!
Heart Health Station: Amazing 3D visuals and cool video apps circulate fascinating information on blood pressure, cholesterol, heart healthy living and nutrition.
Resident Robot: Visit Dr. Dan, an interactive robot, to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle.
Safe Kids Corner: Children can learn how to play it safe by engaging in computer simulations with interactive characters and situations.

Strikeouts:

  • Supreme Nachos: 1,410 calories
  • Nathan’s Fries: 1,236 calories
  • Antipasto at Mike’s Deli: 1,066 calories
  • Souvenir Popcorn: 2,473 calories
  • Johnny Rocket’s Milk Shake: 760-890 calories

Foul Balls:

  • Helmet Ice Cream Cup: 550-590 calories at Carvel
  • Pretzel: 630 calories
  • Chicken Tenders: 810 calories
  • Veggie Special Sandwich at Mike’s Deli: 645 calories
  • Lemonade: 300 calories

Full Count:
Beware of the hidden calories lurking in two of the most popular ballpark staples, soda and beer. Highly concentrated sugars and starches, such as those found in sugar-sweetened beverages, can promote overeating and overtime, can lead to weight gain.

Be mindful of the portion sizes: a 32-oz. cola has a whopping 382 calories and the average 12 oz. beer has about 150 calories.

Enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes this March 31 by making healthier choices at the stadium, and you’ll be sure to hit it out of the park!

Heather Shasa MS, RD

Sources:

1 Lillien L. Hungry Girl Covers all the Food Bases at Yankee Stadium. August 2009.

2 History.Com Staff. The History of Ballpark Food. March 31, 2011.

3 USDA. 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

4 Citi Field Health Information Team.