Enjoy a Tigers Game at Comerica Park in a Healthy Way

3,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan employees enjoyed a Tigers game at Comerica Park on Tuesday, June 14th. It was a great victory for the Detroit Tigers and a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the city, especially since Blue Cross has a new home in the Renaissance Center downtown Detroit.

Speaking of the Tigers and Comerica Park, I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about keeping your health in mind while at baseball games and other events this summer.

Pre-Game

There are many things you can do to keep a trip to the ballgame more about baseball, and less about food. Any time you leave the house to enjoy yourself, it does not have to center around eating. Here are a few things to keep you on track:

  1. Do not go to the game hungry. Eat a sensible and well-balanced meal before you head out.
  2. Drink plenty of water. Many times we eat due to thirst, rather than hunger.
  3. Plan ahead. If you know you are going to eat at the game, make sure you eat well and exercise earlier that day.
  4. Get active. Take a couple of laps around before you head to your seat. My friends and I used to do jumping jacks or squats at our seats based on the number of runs scored. You can do both if you want. You can make up different categories for RBIs (runs batted in), errors, base hits, strike outs for your home team and the opposing team.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Okay, so I realize that in a perfect world, you can do all of the things I stated above; but, maybe not always. Here are some things to think about when you are choosing foods to eat at the ballpark:

  • Watch your portions. One of the biggest causes of weight gain is due to out-of-control serving sizes. For example, 1/4 cup of peanuts is 1 serving; therefore, the bag of peanuts that you purchase should be shared between at least 4 people. The same thing goes for popcorn. A single serving of popcorn is 3 cups popped. Did you know a typical large popcorn can have somewhere between 25-30 cups of popcorn? Trust me – I have measured it out before.
  • A typical ballpark hot dog has just under 300 calories after you add ketchup, mustard and relish. This is the equivalent of about 3 miles of walking or running. Some better choices with fewer calories could be a slice of cheese pizza or veggie pizza, a soft pretzel, or even a plain hamburger has fewer calories than a hot dog from the ballpark.
  • Stay away from fried food such as french fries, onion rings, and funnel cakes. They are loaded with calories and fat.
  • It is a hot day, so that sno-cone is looking really delicious. Ask for less sugary syrup – it is a better option than many of the other desserts found at the game.
  • Comerica Park does have some healthier options with fewer calories and some good nutrients. Anytime there is vegetables, it is a more nutritious option; but, beware of condiments that add up quickly, such as sour cream, cheese, guacamole, croutons, or bacon – just to name a few. Try these:
    • chicken fajita wrap
    • chicken stir fry
    • veggie stir fry
    • soft tacos
    • grilled chicken sandwich/wrap
    • gyros with grilled vegetables
    • salad with light or fat-free dressing

So next time you are cheering on the Detroit Tigers, you might be singing a different tune: “Take me out to the ballgame. Take me out to the crowd. Buy me some veggies,  do jumping jacks…”

What are some healthy ways you enjoy a game?

Photo Credit:  Dig Downtown Detroit

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