Healthy Eating

A Healthier Approach to Stadium Food

Updated May 3, 2019

Take me out to the ballgame? Great. Take me out with the crowd? No problem. Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack? Not so fast.

Sure, eating greasy, calorie-laden nachos and garlic fries can feel like part of the fun of being at the stadium. But if you’re a sports fan who also likes to watch what you eat, well, you have options.

Stadiums in the Pacific Northwest are adding more healthy and sustainable options. It helps to go in with a (dining) game plan. Check out offerings at T-Mobile Park, Century Link Field, and Providence Park.

As you know, just because it tastes good doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Even many of the locally sourced and vegetarian stadium offerings are fried, slathered with creamy sauces, and topped with cheese.

We certainly aren’t here to deny anyone the traditional stadium hot dog! But if you’re trying to keep your healthy diet, here are a few offerings you might want to pass on:

Stadium Food
Nachos: Fried chips, sodium-loaded cheese, greasy ground beef. There’s very little nutritional value in that lineup.

Garlic Fries: We know you love them, and it’s okay as an occasional indulgence (even better if you share), but really, it’s fries.

Decked-out Dogs: Battered corn dogs, nacho-topped foot-longs, and of course the cream-cheese slathered “Seattle Dog” are diet disasters. Stick with a locally made sausage, skip the fattening toppings, and call it good.

Fried… Anything: From classic French fries and wings to healthy-sounding fish-and-chips and oyster po’boys, fried food is laden with saturated fats. With so many other delicious—and healthy—options available, pass on the deep fry.

Soda: There’s no nutrition benefit to liquid sugar. Seek out a Talking Rain beverage or similar instead.