Written by Michelle Kretzer
It used to be that a day spent watching the great American
pastime could do some serious damage to our great American waistlines. Not so much
now, with hungry fans making the healthy vegetarian and vegan options that
stadiums are offering disappear like a Ryan Braun homer. Here are our 2012 picks for major league stadiums that knock it out of the park
when it comes to delicious veggie fare:
Ballpark: ©iStockphoto.com/AdamKazmierski • Pig: ©iStockphoto.com/Anatolii Tsekhmister
Congrats to the Chicago White Sox's U.S. Cellular Field, the
Boston Red Sox's Fenway Park, the Colorado Rockies' Coors Field, the Atlanta
Braves' Turner Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, and the San
Francisco Giants' AT&T Park for earning honorable mentions. Many thanks to
the sporty folks at Veggie
Happy for helping to get more vegetarian and vegan options on stadium menus
Written by PETA
Whatever Milwaukee is brewing, we want
some of it. We were already rooting for the Brewers because of veggie royalty Prince Fielder,
and now we learn that vivacious outfielder Nyjer Morgan, with whom
Fielder shares this week's Sports Illustrated
cover, attributes his
out-of-the-ballpark energy and .306 batting average to his healthy vegetarian
Could Roseanne Barr be the next star
to "do a Clinton"
and convert to a vegan diet? Extolling the virtues of faux meat and tweeting at
McDonald's to stop
abusing chickens sounds like a great start.
Roth is such a
talented tweeter for animals that we gave him his own web feature. (Wait 'til you
see what he says about Go
Daddy CEO Bob Parsons. #hilarious.)
Fellow animal-friendly tweeters Pink
and Tommy Lee
took to Twitter to express their outrage over Indiana's barbaric "snapperfest." And Indiana
native Bree Olson was so
determined to stop the turtle torture that the Green Goddess posted the local
sheriff's department's contact info on her website
and asked people to call and complain.
Not to be out-tweeted, Glee star Lea Michele opined
about her dream of retiring all the horses who are forced to spend long, hot
days hauling around carriages
full of tourists in her native New York City.
The next time she visits New York, Lea
may spot Whoopi
Goldberg out buying
toy and treats for the lucky kitten she adopted after he was tossed from a
moving car. Adopting
instead of buying is catching on across the pond, too, if we can judge by Camilla Parker Bowles and her new
rescued pup, Beth. We think dedicated dog guardian Michael Vartan, who stars in
this weekend's highly anticipated thriller Colombiana, as well as a new PETA ad, would approve.
While Michael steams up the big screen, fellow
PETA pal Bethenny
Frankel will be taking
over the small one with her
new talk show. Will she get naked for animals
again? Stay tuned.
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Written by Michelle Sherrow
Ellen DeGeneres, Gordon Ramsay, and Entourage star Adrian Grenier are among the many stars who have recently done something noteworthy for animals:
Written by Alisa Mullins
The Daily Meal recently compiled a list of top vegetarian athletes, including Mike Tyson, Billie Jean King, and Joe Namath. We were inspired to compile our own list of 10 animal-friendly top talents who have gotten brawn from broccoli and endurance from eggplant:
Take me out to the ballgame! Take me out to the crowd! Buy me faux-chicken and corn on the cob, nondairy smoothies, and veggie kabobs...
The great American pastime has gotten even greater, as loads of vegetarian and vegan foods have been added to menus at ballparks across the country. Here is this year's list of stadiums that have us hoping for extra innings:
1. San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park
The only thing sweeter than a World Series championship is knowing that no animals had to suffer for a tasty ballpark meal. Mouthwatering meat-free options at AT&T Park include veggie dogs, veggie burgers, portobello mushroom sandwiches, meatless burritos, grilled vegetable sandwiches, and noodles with ginger, sesame, and veggies.
2. Philadelphia Phillies' Citizens Bank Park
It's hard to tell what's more loaded: the Phillies' starting rotation or Citizens Bank Park's vegetarian menu, including Southwest black-bean burgers, mock-steak sandwiches, breaded faux-chicken sandwiches, and tangy hummus with pita chips. Don't forget the closer: the vegan rice krispie treat.
3. Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park
With flamethrower Justin Verlander on the mound and flame-broiled veggie Italian sausages and black-bean burgers on the grill, Comerica Park is the place to be this summer. You can also enjoy vegetable stir-fries, veggie dogs, veggie burgers, vegetable sushi, and hummus plates.
4. Atlanta Braves' Turner Field
The Braves have a strong heart of the order, and Braves fans can have a strong heart by enjoying delicious cholesterol-free fare at the concession stands, such as veggie burgers, veggie dogs, meatless burritos, vegetable sushi, veggie pasta, and dairy-free smoothies.
5. Colorado Rockies' Coors Field
The only thing at Coors Field longer than a Tulo home run are the lines at the concession stands for hearty meat-free fare, such as grilled portobello sandwiches, veggie dogs, veggie burgers, vegetable wraps, baked potatoes, and meatless burritos.
6. Oakland Athletics' Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
The A's young pitching carries the team every year, and the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum's meatless items, such as the veggie burger, meatless burrito, made-to-order salads, and portobello sliders, carried the venue into our top 10 this year.
7. San Diego Padres' PETCO Park
Padres fans know that they can count on the right arm of Heath Bell and delicious cruelty-free fare in the concession stands, such as veggie dogs, veggie burgers, hummus and vegetables, roasted corn, edamame, and fresh fruit salads. (Maybe the animal-friendly options at the park will inspire PETCO to stop buying animals from abusive dealers where many animals suffer and die even before being shipped to stores.)
8. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's Angel Stadium
Choosing tasty meat-free foods at the concession stands—like black-bean burgers, vegetable sushi, bean burritos, edamame, fresh fruit cups, corn on the cob, and roasted vegetable sandwiches on ciabatta rolls—can help get Angels fans' cholesterol lower than Jered Weaver's ERA.
9. Houston Astros' Minute Maid Park
Delicious meat-free foods, like veggie burgers, mushroom sliders, fresh fruit smoothies, baked potatoes, made-to-order salads, and sun-dried tomato rigatoni, are flying out of concession stands at Minute Maid Park faster than Michael Bourn can fly around the bases.
10. Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park
Even if vegetarian slugger Prince Fielder leaves, the Brewers will still have mouthwatering meat-free choices to please their fans, like a portobello mushroom focaccia sandwich, a vegetable wrap, fresh fruit, build-your-own burritos, and a hearty veggie dog.
Thanks to Johanna McCloy and Soy Happy for their hard work getting vegetarian items added to menus at ballparks nationwide.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Last night, I was glued to the television for the Home Run Derby. I had to be there to support my boy, Prince Fielder, who was competing against some heavy hitters—including 2006 derby champ Ryan Howard. The competition was definitely fierce, but my man did not disappoint. He nailed 17 home runs in the first two rounds and then blasted six off in the championship … all to be crowned 2009 Home Run Derby Champion!
Not that I had any doubt in Prince. After all, this vegetarian is the youngest player in history to hit 50 homers in a season.
Prince's ability to knock the socks off the crowd while knocking ball after ball out of the park got us thinking about the power of tofu and the rest of the derby participants. It's no secret that they could benefit if they followed in Prince's footsteps and made the switch to a vegetarian diet. Not only would they likely see an improvement in their health, they might see an improvement in their game, too—as Prince Fielder is home run–hitting proof. So, in the hopes of "beefing" up the competition for next year's derby, we are sending a copy of our "Vegetarian Starter Kit" to each of this year's sluggers. Hopefully, they'll learn that by dropping the ballpark franks and picking up veggie dogs, they'll be hitting a grand slam for baseball fans and animals.
Written by Shawna Flavell
So did y'all see the game last night? The one where my Boston Celtics took apart the Los Angeles Lakers like they were made out of Legos and won their first NBA title since 1986? If you did, you might have caught an interview where my man Kevin Garnett talked about how he transferred (he actually said "transcended," which was awesome) his tradition of eating a whole mess of PB&Js before every game over to his Celtic teammates when he was traded there in the offseason.
Professional athletes? Eating peanut butter & jelly sandwiches?
[Wait for it …]
WHERE DO THEY GET THEIR PROTEIN!?!?!?!?!?!?!?1/1/1
I found this fascinating. The reaction to the interview was pretty much: "Look at KG and his wholesome, nutritious pre-game snack. It's so wholesome! And nutritious!" But PB&J is as much of a vegetarian staple as the Boca burger—I think I ate it for lunch every day for my first eight years as a vegan. So why do I feel that if KG had said, "I eat a vegan meal before every big game," the reaction would have been … different? It's like everyone is cool with eating healthy, but for some reason, eating vegan has this whole different connotation for some people—even though it's exactly the same thing.
I read an article on ESPN.com yesterday (while I was, uh, totally working hard and not on the interwebs), where Prince Fielder, Tony Gonzalez, Mac Danzig, and a bunch of other vegetarian athletes were talking about how being vegetarian has affected their game. No surprises: Gonzalez talks about having more energy in the fourth quarter of games and being able to blow by tired, meat-eating defenders, and Danzig talks about recovering faster from workouts. You can't argue with results. I figure that if a vegetarian diet is good enough for some of the top athletes on the planet, it's good enough for everyone.
So, note to the Lakers: Maybe some PB&J will help next time. Although grabbing a few offensive boards wouldn't hurt either. Just sayin'.
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