The end of summer brings with it many beautiful changes: the weather starts to cool down, leaves start to fall… and we go from watching regular season baseball games to the playoffs. After a whole season (that’s more than 2,300 baseball games!) of chowing down on the same ballpark fare at stadiums across the country, who isn’t ready to try something new?
There’s more to baseball parks these days than cheering on the talented ballplayers and boasting about a home team win. More and more, ballparks are putting fresh, innovative and locally-sourced foods high up on the priority list. To be sure, it’s fun to eat the traditional ballpark fare—hot dogs smothered in chili, cheese or mustard and ketchup, nachos, ice cream and the like. But if you crave healthier choices, concession stands across the country give you plenty of reasons to leave your seat and search for some tasty options that can satisfy you nutritionally.
When you think crunch, what comes to mind? Time crunch, ab crunch or the satisfying crunch of food? We all want to do our best to be productive, fit and well-fed. So how do we find the right balance?
As the Peanut Vendor, it’s well known that I love peanuts. Some people say I’m “obsessed” with them and that I should “get help.” But I have great news—there’s someone who loves peanuts even more than me! And that’s former professional football player Charles “Peanut” Tillman.
Imagine: It’s race day. The sun is rising, camaraderie is high and your best run seems like it’s at your fingertips. But if one critical piece of the picture – nutrition – is missing, the race will probably not be your most enjoyable or fastest. Whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon, include nutrient-dense foods before and after the race.
As a sports dietitian and nutrition coach, Leslie Bonci is always looking for ways to help her athletes optimize performance through what they eat, how much they eat and when they eat. She likes to provide demos, cooking classes and shopping tours and watch them become engaged, excited and inspired to think about their fuel. Peanuts and peanut butter are an integral part of her entire nutrition coaching process.
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