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Foothill dining: Football food

By From page B2 | September 30, 2013

It’s officially football season, which, for fans of the game, means heaps upon heaps of unhealthy stadium food. Some stadium offerings pack more than 2,000 calories.

How can a fan possibly stay healthy when faced with so many delicious but excessive choices?

Here are several outrageous calorific items at stadiums around the country:

Green Bay Packers

Lambeau Field serves up the Packer Pride Hot Dog: a foot long hot dog cooked inside a foot long bratwurst, all of which is completely wrapped in bacon and served on a pretzel bun. (estimated 1,442 calories, 102 g fat, 4,037 mg sodium)

 

New York Giants and Jets

Metlife Stadium offers up a Signature Sloppy Joe: a bacon sloppy joe piled high with shredded pepper jack cheese and fried onions, served with a side of corn chips. (estimated 1,265 calories, 74 g fat, 1,261 mg sodium)

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

EverBank Field dishes out the Two Point Conversion Burger: 2.5-pound burger patties with American cheese slices, fried onions, lettuce, tomato and sauce all sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches. (estimated 2,175 calories, 119 g fat, 3,132 mg sodium)

 

Houston Texans

Reliant Stadium presents the Chop Baker: a baked potato loaded up with beef brisket, cheese, sour cream and green onions. (783 calories, 38 g fat, 1,303 mg sodium)

Oakland Raiders

O.co Coliseum gives fans the overstuffed Tailgate Dog: a hot dog topped with beef chili, macaroni and cheese, jalapeños and slathered in ketchup. (580 calories, 32 g fat, 1,925 mg sodium)

O.Co Coliseum also has a healthy option: Typically a veggie dog will cost you less than 250 calories and 3 g fat and 22 g lean protein to help fill you up on those fewer calories.

San Francisco 49ers

Candlestick Park serves the not too bad option: the Sam Burger is not too bad if you split it four ways. I estimate it contains about 1,150 calories, 80 g fat, 32 grams of which are artery-clogging saturated fat, and 2,268 mg sodium, which is about the amount of sodium you should have in an entire day.

Candlestick also has a healthy option: A veggie burger, estimated at 280 calories, 5 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 11 grams protein. They also have a portobello mushroom sandwich but it may not fill you up as much since there’s typically not as much lean protein as a veggie burger.

Rachel Berman is About.com Health editor and a registered dietitian.

 

Rachel Berman

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