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Pass the Food: Eating at Sporting Events

Registered Dietitian, Melanie Douglass, gives us a game plan to enjoy food at sporting events without having our diet sacked.

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The ideal situation is to eat a light meal before you go to the game. Then you can enjoy one snack of choice during the game. Be sure to order/bring a sensible portion size for whatever snacks you decide to enjoy during a game; having a huge back of popcorn or treats sitting in front of you during a game is a recipe for disasterâ"”you're likely to mindlessly eat due to distraction. And mindless eating is the worst because we end up eating more calories than anticipated and we likely don't even enjoy it because we're not paying attention to what goes into out mouth at sporting events.

The second ideal situation is to compromise a bit; here's what I mean:


- if you want a hot dog, skip any dessert-type item (keeps fat intake from going through the roof)
- if you want to eat popcorn, share it and only eat 2 - 3 kernels at a time
- if you want an cold beverage that has sugar (like regular soda pop, fruit drinks, shaved ice, etc), then skip out on eating a dessert-type item
- Overall: slowly eat small portions of any food you purchase
- If you bring treats from home, like a bag of mini-candybars or licorice, only bring enough to fill a small ziploc sandwich bag; don't bring the whole giant package. This will force portion control.

Review the table below to see the information for the most popular game foods. The table is sorted from lowest to highest for calories. But even the lowest-calorie options can be too high in fat, sodium, or sugar. It all depends on what is most important to you.

Calories Fat (g) Sat Fat (g) Sugar (tsp) Sodium (mg)
Recommended
"snack"
Allowance =
<250 Calories
Recommended
Intake =<65
g/day
Recommended
Intake = <20
g/day
Recommended
Intake = <10
teaspoons/day
Recommended
Intake = 1500
mg/day
20 oz.
Soda
250 0 0 17 tsp. 85
Hot Dog 315 19 7 2 tsp. 1000
Churro 336 15 3 4.5 tsp 300
Hot
Chocolate
365 6 5 16 tsp. 75
32 oz.
Soda
400 4 1 7.5 TSP 500
Soft
Pretzel
450 4 1 22 tsp. 15
Plus-size
Candy
450 5 5 22 tsp. 15
Funnel
Cake
600 32 6 3 tsp. 150
Popcorn
(11 cups)
630 38 12 not available not available
Funnel
Cake
w/whipped
cream
750 45 14 4 tsp. 250

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HEALTHY LIVING TIP OF THE DAY
By Melanie Douglass, R.D., NASM
Author: Tip-a-Day Guide to Healthy Living
(Deseret Book, 2007)
www.tipadayguide.com

© 2007 Melanie Douglass, Deseret Book

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