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For many, the first sign that summertime has arrived is the sweet crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd,
and the voice of the vendor above it all yelling "Peanuts! Popcorn! Cracker Jacks!" But what is someone
who is enjoying the low-carb lifestyle to do at the ballpark? Popcorn and Cracker Jacks are off the menu...
not to mention the fluffy clouds of cotton candy, icy cold beers, and foot-long hotdogs.
Low-carbers need not despair. It is possible to go to a game and still enjoy a few snacks. Here's a
play-by-play of a game with plenty of low-carb suggestions. Soon it will be the ninth inning, the
home team will have won the game, and you won't even have missed the popcorn!
One of the best ways to eat low-carb at the ballpark is to tailgate! Pull the hibachi grill out of
the garage and fill up the cooler with low-carb food. There are literally thousands of grilling recipes on
the net so don't limit yourself to burgers and hot dogs without the bun. Grab some portabella mushrooms,
eggplant, peppers, and zucchini. Soon everyone will be stopping by to ask what that delicious smell is!
If tailgating is too time consuming, many parks will allow in food as long as it is pre-packaged or fits
within a small soft-sided cooler so plan ahead for a low-carb picnic. (Each park's rules concerning outside
food is different so check the stadium's website on MLB.com or call the stadium to check out its
guidelines concerning outside food.) You'll be the envy of your section as you nosh on cold chicken,
grilled asparagus, and coleslaw. Be sure to pack a dessert of some kind for later in the game.
Last but not least, one can find low-carb options at the ballpark. Many stadiums offer salads with grilled
chicken but be sure to ask for the dressing on the side if possible. Some parks have actual restaurants
within the park that would allow you to ask for normal low-carb fare such as steamed vegetables and grilled
meats. If all else fails, signal the hotdog vendor but remember to save the bun for the pigeons after the
Innings 1 - 3:
You've found your seat, gotten the family and friends settled in, and sung the national
anthem. Your stomach is still full from pre-game tailgating and the home team has already scored. All
is well with the world except that the beer your buddy is drinking sure looks good. Many of the ballparks
around the country have also joined the low-carb way of life and offer low-carb beers. But how to be
satisfied with just one? The trick is to buy a small low-carb beer and a large bottled water. The beer
will satisfy your cravings while the water will hydrate you and keep you full.
Innings 4 - 6:
You've had a fun and filling low-carb meal during your tail-gate party. The beer was
satisfying and the home team is still winning. But, its been about an hour since you ate and you can't
ignore the kid in the row in front of you who is wolfing down what seems to be a fifty pound bag of
cotton candy. Just the smell of the candy is making your insulin go nuts. If your tummy is starting to
rumble, perhaps, it would be a good time to pull out the dessert that you packed earlier. But, if you
bring fresh berries, be prepared for the onslaught of "Where did you get those?" questions!
If fresh berries are too much of a hassle to prepare and bring to the game, share a low-carb candy bar with
someone. There are lots of low-carb sweets out there including gummy bears, chocolate bars, and even
marsmallows. (Be careful; not everyone responds well to sugar alcohols. Try out a few candies the week
before the game or you may not see the last few innings!)
If a low-carb candy bar is not available, search for a fresh fruit stand. Or, perhaps, it is time to splurge
on a diet drink. In general, its best to avoid carbonated drinks but if it comes to a cravings for
sweets, a diet soda is a better choice than ice cream or cotton candy.
Innings 7 - 9:
It's time for the seventh inning stretch! Since exercise is an important part of the low-carb
life, give it your all. Sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" with extra gusto. Embarrass your children
with your energetic rendition of "YMCA"; you may end up on the Jumbotron! Perhaps, it would be wise to
explore the stadium. Get out of your seat and go in search of the largest bag of peanuts you can find.
Stay focused and keep away from the vendor selling nachos and candied almonds. Peanuts are relatively low
in carbs with approximately 4 net carbs in an ounce of peanuts; but remember, that's without the shell!
So peel away and enjoy one of the oldest baseball snacks around!
It was a great game. Not only was the home team a winner but you were too! You
avoided the sugary errors of ice cream, kettle corn, and cotton candy. The nachos, potato chips, and
popcorn struck out. You hit homeruns with tail-gate grilling, low-carb beer, and peanuts. Remember, living
low-carb is not just about the food; it's about going out and enjoying life. As Yogi Berra said, "Baseball
is 90% mental. The other half is physical." So go to the games, make smart food decisions, and above all,
watch out for foul balls!
Copyright © July 2004 Kris Carabetta and Low Carb Luxury