Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but Leave the Calories at the Stadium

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in August, 2010 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


If the song Take Me Out to the Ballgame was written today, it may sound like:

“Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack… and a hot dog, and loaded nachos, and a pretzel, and a beer, and ice cream”



Finger Licking Ballpark Foods: The Dieter’s Nightmare

Busch Stadium may truly be a dieter’s nightmare in disguise. You can have the intention of going to the game and sticking to your diet, getting nothing but a bottle of water, but we all know that this kind of willpower is rare.

Before the game, ballpark food may not even sound that appealing.

But suddenly, it happens:

You are overcome with uncontrollable cravings for greasy ballpark food… Something draws you to the concession stand, despite knowing that this choice is going to throw your diet out the window for the day.

You’re in line looking at your best “healthy” option, justifying what you’re going to order. The next thing you know, you’re walking away with the loaded nachos and a beer (at least you sprung for low cal).


The Ugly Truth: The Reality of How Quickly Those Ballpark Calories Can Add Up

So, my plan is to prepare (or guilt) you into what not to eat at the stadium. Below are the cold hard facts, the nutritional facts on your favorite baseball stadium foods.  I’m not going to say “eat this, not that”, because frankly, you’re adults, you can choose what you want. HOWEVER, don’t come crying to us when all of a sudden your jeans are a little tighter (and don’t blame it on the dryer, it didn’t shrink them).


Hot Dog (6.4 oz)

Calories: 464

Total Fat: 21g

Sat. Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 45mg

Total Carbs: 50

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 16g


Small Popcorn (9 cups)

Calories: 573

Total Fat: 35g

Carbs: 56g

Protein: 8.6g


Large Popcorn (15 cups)

Calories: 951

Total Fat: 58g

Total Carbs: 93g

Protein: 14.3g


Soft Pretzel (5.5 oz, no cheese)

Calories: 488

Total Fat: 3.4g

Sat. Fat: 1g

Sodium: 557mg

Carbs: 101g

Dietary Fiber: 5.5g

Sugar: 30.2g

Protein: 12.4g


Cheeseburger: (8.3 oz) (not the Angus burgers from Hardee’s)

Calories: 450

Total Fat: 23g

Sat. Fat: 7g

Cholesterol: 40mg

Sodium: 1250mg

Total Carbs: 33g

Dietary Fiber: 2g

Sugar: 7g

Protein: 23g


Nachos (40 chips, 4oz cheese)

Calories: 1101

Total Fat: 59g

Sat. Fat: 18.5g

Cholesterol: 58mg

Sodium: 1580mg

Total Carbs: 131.5

Dietary Fiber: 7.5g

Sugars 1g

Protein: 23.6


Peanuts with shell (4 cups)

Calories: 1280

Total Fat: 96g

Sat. Fat: 16g

Sodium: 1680mg

Total Carbs: 56g

Dietary Fiber: 24g

Sugar: 7g

Protein 7g


How Can You Avoid the Dieter’s Disaster at the Ballpark?

My best advice to avoid this disaster, is to come to the ballgame prepared:

Bring your own healthy food and drinks in a soft back cooler. It will be easier to combat those cravings if you aren’t starving. Plus, you’ll save a lot of money this way.


*Nutritional information from www.calorieking.com

**The nutritional information is based on the average ballpark food and isn’t necessarily an exact reflection of the food at Busch Stadium


~ Kimberly, Emerge Fitness


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