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Reconsider the 'peanuts and Cracker Jacks'

Ballpark food

DALLAS – April 11, 2019 – The Major League Baseball season is upon us, and today’s concessions go well beyond “peanuts and Cracker Jacks” – bigger burgers, hot dogs, and helpings.

But there are emerging fresh options to consider for your ballpark diet, notes Dr. Jo Ann Carson, Professor of Clinical Nutrition at UT Southwestern School of Health Professions.

For example, at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, an entire food stand is dedicated to vegan items, including vegan nachos, vegan hot dogs, salad, a black-bean burger, and other no-meat, no-dairy concessions items.

Dr. Jo Ann Carson
Dr. Jo Ann Carson

In announcing its 2019 menu lineup, food providers serving several major league ballparks are offering options like a 32-ingredient salad at the Toronto Blue Jays park, veggie burgers in places such as Boston, New York, and Philly, and a veggie-based dish served Caribbean style, with black beans, avocado-pineapple relish, and Sriracha aioli at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

“The grand slams are their salads filled with vegetables that we tend to be lacking in our diet,” Dr. Carson says. “I see these as the best dietary winners that hopefully many fans will enjoy."

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