Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hit a Healthy Homerun this Baseball Season

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The rising temperatures and lengthening days that we’re all enjoying are signaling not only spring but also the beginning of baseball season. Heading to the ballpark with a group of friends is one of the best ways to spend a warm spring afternoon, and there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game without ruining your diet.

Instead of chicken fingers, try a turkey dog 
Chicken fingers, which are almost always fried, are packed with Bad Fat and Salt. At only 110 Calories with a mere 2 grams of Bad Fat, a turkey dog is a far leaner choice. Also, be sure to skip any heavy sauces or toppings in favor of low-calorie mustard or relish.

Turkey Hot Dog (without bun)

Instead of chili cheese fries, try peanuts.  
Peanuts are the quintessential baseball snack, and lucky for us, they’re pretty friendly to the waistline too. Pick the dry-roasted, salted peanuts, and they’ll only set you back a little over 214 Calories for a quarter cup. Peanuts are satiating, with 9 grams of Protein and 3 grams of Fiber, and the fact that they’re sold at the ballpark in the shells will force you to eat them slower. Choose these over the densely caloric and high-fat chili cheese fries. 

Dry Roasted Salted Peanuts (0.25 cup) 

Instead of popcorn, try Cracker Jack.  
Popcorn sold at the ballpark is similar to that sold in movie theaters—extremely high in calories, sodium, and fat. Choose instead a portion-controlled box of Cracker Jack for only 120 Calories and 0 grams of Bad Fat. Cracker Jack is fairly high in Sugar, with 15 grams, so be sure to stick to a small portion. 

Original Cracker Jack (0.5 cup)

Instead of frozen margaritas, try light beer.  
The large frozen margaritas sold at ballparks can hold several hundred calories and dozens of grams of sugar. For your baseball beverage accompaniment, you’re better off sticking with a light beer, such as Bud Light—one beer will only set you back 110 Calories.

Bud Light (1 bottle)

Remember, you can still enjoy cheering on your favorite team, but use Bon’App to help you find out what’s in your food so that you can make the choices that are right for you!

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