If you’re headed out to the rodeo this last weekend it’s in town, you’ll want to plan ahead so as to keep your New Year’s resolutions intact. Dozens of food vendors sprinkle the Stock Show complex tempting you with high calorie fare. Deep fried Twinkies, turkey legs, curly fries, ice cream…….yum. You won’t find nutritional information on this stuff. Eat your way through the complex and you’ll eat your way through 3,000 calories in just a few hours. No problem – 15 hours on your treadmill will burn that right off. Whoa, there, partner. Think this through before you go, and save yourself a bucketful of calories and remorse. Here’s a rundown of foods to eat and those to avoid at the Denver Coliseum or at any stadium or ballpark throughout the year:
Saddle Up With……
|Cheese Nachos – 1,000 + calories per bowl||Cracker Jack – 159 calories per package|
|Slice of Pepperoni Pizza – 485 calories||Hotdog with ketchup or mustard – 290 calories|
|Corndog – 700 calories||Corn on the Cob with butter – 180 calories|
|Ice Cream – 400 calories/cup||Fat Free Frozen Yogurt – 200 calories/cup Snow Cone – 120 calories|
|Funnel Cake – 1,000 calories||Popcorn oil popped without butter – 190 calories|
|Peanuts – 840 calories/8 oz bag||Sunflower Seeds – 170 calories/bag|
|Hamburger on bun – 490 calories||Grilled Chicken Sandwich on bun – 280 calories|
|Smoked turkey leg – 1,100 calories||Cup of chili – 280 calories|
|Deep fried Twinkie – 425 calories||Chocolate covered banana – 250 calories|
|Margarita – 550 calories||Light Beer – 103 calories|
More Tips on Healthy Eating at the stadium:
- Eat before you go – preferably meals with protein and fiber – so that you’re not hungry and not so tempted when you pass the concession stands.
- Satisfy your food cravings, but in moderation. If you’ve had a hankering for a funnel cake for the last six months, go ahead take the plunge – just don’t eat the whole thing.
- Share the goods and share the calories. Give half of your serving to your friend or date.
- Get your steps in. Walk around the concourse a couple of times to burn off some of the calories you’ve eaten.
- Drink plenty of water – it helps you feel fuller – and it’s good for you.
- If you can, bring healthy snacks like raw fruits and veggies or air popped popcorn with you and nosh on them instead of the concession food.