Pistachios in the News!

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014

Play ball! Baseball season has just started and that means sunshine, fresh-cut grass and stadium food and beverages. Instead of loading up on the usual offenders such as hot dogs, ice cream and nachos, hit a nutritional home run at the ballpark with pistachios.

Here are some ways to keep pistachios and other healthy solutions in mind while enjoying baseball this season:

Before the big game. Be sure to eat before you head to the game. If time allows, eating a full meal before you go to the game may mean you’ll be less likely to fill up on unhealthy foods from the stadium. If you show up already full, you may not crave the foot-long corn dog and extra-large soda.

During the game. The minute you enter the stadium, you’re surrounded by hot dogs, cotton candy and ice cream. Swap unhealthy ballpark eats for portable and healthy snacks, such as in-shell pistachios, for a nutrition homerun of filling fiber and healthy fats. A few other things to keep in mind while at the game:

  • Drink lots of water. As the temperatures begin to rise, drink as much water as you can to avoid dehydration. Also, the more water you drink the less likely you are to confuse hunger with thirst.
  • Pay attention to what you’re eating. Snacks such as in-shell pistachios that require you to crack open the nut, call for a higher-level of attention when compared to other stadium snacks. Not to mention, a full serving of pistachios, about 49 pistachios, has fewer calories than most other snack nuts and pistachios are a good source of fiber.
  • Sharing is caring. If you are attending a game with a group, pass around your snacks for everyone to enjoy. When snacks are passed around you’re only eating them when they’re in front of you, giving your body time to realize it is full before you continue eating.

What are your tips for eating healthfully at the ballpark?