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On-the-Go on Game Day – The Stadium Food Dilemma

Going to the big game this Saturday or Sunday? As you might guess, typical stadium foods like pizza, nachos, soft pretzels, and hot dogs are not ideal for someone with diabetes or anyone else trying to follow healthy diet.

As with most things diabetes, the answer to the stadium food dilemma is to plan ahead. It may seem like a hassle, but you’ll thank yourself for it later!

Here are some tips to help you stick to your meal plan on game day:

  1. Most stadiums won’t allow you to bring in coolers, but you can easily pack a few non-perishable snacks in your purse or a small pack. Here are some ideas: a small bag of peanuts or unsalted mixed nuts, fruit like an apple, banana, grapes, or clementines, a peanut butter sandwich made with 100% whole wheat bread, some Healthy Snack Mix, whole wheat crackers, or a high-fiber granola bar.
  2. At many stadiums, healthy choices are few and far between. Make sure you eat a good, balanced meal on your way to the game or at your tailgate party beforehand. If you’re full when you get to the game, bottomless popcorn and greasy burgers from the concession stands will be less tempting. Check out some of this month’s recipes, many of which are great healthy additions to any tailgate!
  3. Check out the food options beforehand. Visit the stadium’s website to see which concession stands have healthier offerings. You may have to do a little searching on the website, but most stadiums list the menu items at each concession stand. This way, you’ll have a plan and an idea of where to go if you need a healthy snack or meal.
  4. Look for concession stands that offer healthier choices like deli sandwiches, veggie burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, salads, or grilled chicken tacos. Even healthy options can come in oversized portions, so split your meal with a friend if that’s the case.
  5. Some stadiums are doing a better job of offering healthy snacks. Look for kiosks where you can get a small serving of fruit salad, nuts, or yogurt.

(*Note that some facilities do not allow you to bring your own food. If you plan to bring your own snacks, check the stadium's policy beforehand.)

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