By Sarah Sarway
Baseball stadiums have seriously upped their game when it comes to dining.
While that includes adding greasy-but-beloved foodie offerings like Shake Shack, they’re also offering fans nutritious options that go way beyond a box of peanuts.
We did some digging to find the most exciting healthy foods now being served at major league baseball stadiums across the country. While the better-for-you options may not be the ones you notice right away (like a star pitcher), they are totally worth rooting for.
The Best Healthy Foods at Baseball Stadiums
V for Vegan Pizza at CitiField, Queens, NY
Vegan Mets fans, rejoice! New York City pizzeria Two Boots serves up what they say is the first-ever vegan pizza to be served at a ballpark at CitiField. Instead of your usual snooze-worthy vegan pie (crust and tomato sauce, hold the cheese), this one is topped with non-dairy cheese and tons of flavorful veggies like artichokes, shitake mushrooms, red onions, and red pepper pesto.
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Homegrown Salads at Fenway Park, Boston, MA
On this point, sorry Yankee fans, but the Red Sox are winning. The stadium’s veggie stands offer meatless burgers, veggie dogs, and customizable salads made with super fresh ingredients grown in the stadium’s rooftop garden. Think organic kale, herbs, peas, strawberries, and more. The build-your-own salads and fruit bowl are available at the Big Concourse, while veggie dogs and burgers can be found at the Visitor’s Clubhouse area and Grandstand 25.
(Photo: Green City Growers)
Cauliflower Sandwich at Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL
Several concession stands around the stadium serve this vegan-friendly cauli sandwich. The roasted cauliflower is topped with garlic garbanzo bean spread, spinach, and roasted red pepper pesto.
The Un-Tuna Salad Sandwich at PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Similarly, this vegan sandwich is made with a garbanzo bean tuna-look-alike made with hummus, vegan mayo, and pickle relish on whole wheat bread with fresh spinach. You can pick it up (along with a few other healthier options like a kale salad and a side of hummus) at The Market.
(Photo: One Green Planet)
Tuna Poke Bowl at Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
BaseBowls hit a total home run by offering one of the trendiest healthy foods to baseball fans. Their signature Tuna Poke Bowl comes with edamame, cucumber, and carrots atop sushi rice. The spot also serves a teriyaki chicken bowl that offer carnivores a cleaner alternative to the classic hot dog.
Farmer’s Market Grain Bowl at Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA
Wait, is this a sporting event or a yoga conference? Harry the K’s offers a quinoa-brown rice bowl topped with veggies, with enough fiber to keep you full through the ninth inning. If you’re looking for an even heartier option, try the healthier spin on a classic Philly food: the Vegan Cauliflower Cheese Steak.
The Impossible Burger at AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA
The meatless patty really is taking over the world, including the John J. McGraw Derby Grill at AT&T Park. While this meal is on the heavy side, it’s a slightly lighter, more sustainable way to get your burger fix. Bonus points: Skip the side of fries and head to Garden Table for some fresh veggies grown at the stadium’s garden behind the Centerfield wall.
Grilled Portobello Mushroom Falafel at Coors Field, Denver, CO
This stadium’s falafel burger is served with portobello mushroom and cucumbers and is topped with a tofu-based tzatziki sauce. While that sounds like a win on its own, there are also red-chile zucchini tamales that are topped with vegan American cheese, cilantro lime rice, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, and fresh guacamole.
Fish Tacos at Petco Park, San Diego, CA
When in San Diego, eating fish tacos is basically a given. These are made by Blue Water Seafood Market & Grill, a popular restaurant that now runs two concession spots at the stadium, making it easy to get your hands on them. And if you’re craving something a little sweeter, head to Paradise Bowl for an acai bowl.
Roots for the Home Team Cart at Target Field, Minneapolis, MN
This option is super unique: The Roots’ Garden Goodies cart is stocked with veggies grown by youth who learn to operate gardens and get training for careers in the food industry via a nonprofit called Roots for the Home Team. The young gardener-chefs grow the food and craft the salad recipes (like the Slawsome Slugger!).
(Photo: Roots for the Home Team)