How to avoid overindulging at an Orioles game [Pictures]
Nutritionists from the University of Maryland Medical Center regularly contribute a guest post to Picture of Health. The latest post is from clinical nutritionist Christine Dobmeier, RD, CSR, LDN.
Baseball and food are intertwined, whether its a beer and a hot dog at the ballpark, or some "peanuts and cracker jacks" from the iconic 7th inning tradition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."
As the home opener approaches on April 5, it's easy to start salivating thinking of the aromas of fried dough, sausages and Boog's Barbecue that resonate around Camden Yards.
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Make a plan
When you are trying to eat healthy at the ballpark, it can be a challenge, but one that can be accomplished. The first step, as with any healthy lifestyle, is to plan. Will you be eating a meal at the ballpark or a snack? Plan your other meals accordingly. Camden Yards is one of the ballparks that allows you to bring in snacks and beverages. If you must have a hot dog, bring along a bag of baked chips, some baby carrots or a piece of fruit. That way, you are less tempted to get some fries or nachos to accompany your hot dog. Going to a 1:05 game? Start your day with a healthy breakfast and enjoy lunch at the stadium, plan on a light dinner of a salad topped with grilled chicken and vegetables and an olive oil / balsamic vinegar dressing.