Finding a way to attend sporting events and eat healthy at the same time may be one of the most difficult tasks a person could ever undertake. Part of the experience of attending live sporting events is indulging in some of the tasty yet unhealthy food options that stadiums offer. However, it’s not as impossible as it may seem to eat healthy and attend sporting events at the same time. Here’s how it can be done. Even though all the food there is made by some sort of personal chef or other culinary specialist (which are far more common than you think, and you can read up on them at culinary dreaming), that does not mean that it’s healthy.
First, always eat before you leave the house. If possible, eat a full meal, but if you can’t do that, at least eat a snack. By eating right before you leave, you’ll be less hungry once you get there and you’ll be less likely to crave many of the larger and less healthy options. You can also try taking a snack to the game with you. People at the ballpark won’t like it, and you may have to sneak it in, but having a granola bar or a piece of fruit with you will have the same effect as eating at home before the game. If you save the snack for later in the game, there’ll be less of a chance that the greasy food at the stadium will tempt you.
Once you get to the stadium, one of the best things you can do is walk around the concourse. This may tire you out a little and make you hungry, but it’ll also burn off some calories just incase you can’t resist some of the food options at the stadium. Of course, walking around the stadium can also be seen as a scouting mission. While you make your way around, check out all the different vendors to see what kinds of foods they’re selling. This will help you to pick out the healthiest options while also knowing the foods you need to stay away from while at the stadium.
Another important lesson to remember at sports arenas is to stay away from alcohol. Most of the alcoholic options at stadiums are quite expensive, and even the light beers will offer little nutritional value while also being filled with empty calories. The fountain sodas aren’t a great choice either, as they’re mostly sugar and will make you want to complement it with the greasiest burger the stadium offers. Your best bet for a beverage is usually water, as it’s the healthiest option, and even if it’s overpriced, it’ll be cheaper than beer or soda.
Finally, use common sense when making your food choice inside a sports arena. If the word “fried” is used or something comes covered with cheese, it’s probably not going to be a healthy option. A lot of stadiums are starting to cater to people looking for healthier options, so there’s a good chance the stadium will offer something that’s reasonably healthy. All you have to do is find it and have the courage to bypass the unhealthy options and make a healthy food choice.