April 16, 2014
For Bears fans, wolfing down grease-dripping, cheese-oozing food they can barely wrap their hands around is a game-day rite of passage. And while it’s easier to swallow than a Bears’ loss, football fans may not realize what sort of calories they’re racking up on game days.
Take a look at this sampling of over-the-top eats available at Soldier Field:
† Da Burger’s Awesome Pork Burger (half-pound pork burger with bacon, fried onion tanglers, onion cream cheese, A-1 Steak Sauce and Cheddar cheese). Calories: 1,243; Fat: 72 g; Sodium: 2,689 mg.
† Food Network’s signature sloppy Joe (ground beef and slab bacon chunks slow-cooked with tomatoes, topped with shredded pepper Jack cheese with fried onions, served with corn chips and pickles). Calories: 1,118; Fat: 69 g; Sodium: 1,750 mg.
† A smoked pulled-pork sandwich on focaccia bread. Calories: 828; Fat: 51 g; Sodium: 732 mg.
Tasty sure, but overflowing with calories and loaded with fat and sodium. So, if you’re headed to the Bears’ season opener on Sunday, what’s a Grabowski to do?
“Making the best food choices at a football game doesn’t have to ruin the fun,” says Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and About.com health editor.
Berman’s game plan for fans too busy keeping track of yards gained and lost to count calories? “Stick to simple foods like a regular hot dog rather than the over-the-top chili dog.”
She also suggests keeping an eye on serving sizes. “Stadium staples like peanuts are a relatively healthy choice. The problem is the serving size,” Berman says. Split the bag with a friend or save half for another day.
And beware beverages; calories can add up quickly. “Larger souvenir cups are two to three servings more than a single-serve item,” Berman says.