Confession: I’m the lamest sports fan ever.
It’s not that I don’t like sports. I like sports. I just have no particular team loyalties. I can pretty much go to any game and enjoy the game for game’s sake, and I do. This seems to totally baffle most sports fans, but I just can’t bring myself to take sides. The Polyanna in me just wants everyone to win. The one thing I can form an opinion on is the blatantly horrific food choices that stadiums supply.
I know that over-priced beer and French fries are a part of the experience, but I have to say, I’ve never really had food at a sporting or music event that I would call “good.” Instead, I basically just try to find something that’s not going to contribute to a coronary embolism anytime in the near future. Usually that means soft pretzels, but thanks to New York’s commitment to calorie counting, today I learned that those wee salty pretzels are 468 calories!
Dudes, a pretzel is a snack, not a meal—I snack should not be 500 calories. Well, at least not for me, I’m not exactly what one might call Amazonian in proportion. Tonight, as I smiled for the Padres and pitied the Mets, I noshed down on the healthiest (albeit completely tasteless) stadium fare I’ve ever had. Citifield Stadium actually has a Lighter Bites menu, which includes: veggie burger, tofu pup, and frozen yogurt.
Not exactly an endless array, but I’m grateful for what I can get. I decided on the veggie burger. It was kind of cold, and mostly tasteless, but there were actual vegetables in it. I saw them with my own two eyes. The menu board said it was pretty reasonable in the calorie department as well, coming in at 170 calories. I think it was actually closer to 300 based on my post game research, but that’s still fewer calories and more nutritional value than a salted pretzel.
It’s a good start. Now, if only they could actually find a way to pack the stands with healthy food that also tastes good I might be persuaded to favor the home team.
PS. The Padres won 9 to 5.
Egg white omelet with mushrooms, spinach, and mozzarella
Greek yogurt with banana, honey and walnuts
Not my most brilliant photograph, but you get the idea.
Veggie burger. Pickles also count as a vegetable, right?
Exercise: 30-minute stairmill, 30-minute elliptical, abs