It's spring time and in our house, that means it's baseball season. The weather is unpredictable and our evenings are filled with games, practices and the occasional volunteer shift in the concession stand. So how do you stay healthy and sane this time of year? Read my tips based on my 10 years as a baseball mom.
Dinners in a Snap
Often games end late and it is tempting to drive through a fast food place on the way home. I have learned that this is not a good habit. Not only does it contribute to weight gain, but it causes indigestion and feels unhealthy. Gobbling food and soda in the car while driving is really not the best way to enjoy a meal with your family. But the thought of cooking at that hour is out of the question. I prepare our meals in advance so we can heat them up when we get home. Some of our favorites are spinach rice casserole, shrimp risotto and chicken couscous with grapes.
Snacks at the Game
You will get hungry. Especially if your kid is playing a double header and you have not eaten since lunchtime. Be smart, pack healthy snacks. If you eat lightly during the games, you will not need to eat a heavy meal later. Try packing some of the packaged turkey, cheese and cracker boxes that you can buy from the deli case. Fresh fruit such as grapes and apple slices are a good bet. Vegetables such as baby carrots are easy to grab and provide the crunch you are craving. Popcorn or pretzels are also a good choice. As for beverages, you can not go wrong with water. Fill up your bottle before you head out and you will be glad you did.
No matter where you live, you will find that you need some protection from the sun if you are outside for four or more hours. I recommend a baseball hat from Fanatics.
In addition to a hat, you will need some sunglasses. Warby Parker has a number of options that not only offer protection from the sun, but look great on everyone. Their shop at home program is easy and convenient.
Take the Chill Off
In Michigan, we get some chilly evenings, especially early in the spring season. Be sure and keep a hoodie from the the MLB Store in your car so you can chase the chill away. It is not fun sitting in the cold or worse, snow! A heavy sweatshirt with a hood will keep you warm and is a great way to show your love for your favorite major league team.