PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Going to a Phillies game this year can be exciting, tasty, and (dare we say) healthy all at once.

Ballpark food is more than peanuts and hot dogs, although those items are available, too.

Glen Richmond, Aramark’s executive chef there, says fans wanted more healthy alternatives.  So now, that includes now both a panini stand and another called “Philly Fresh,” with salad options.

“We solicit and receive a lot of feedback from the fans, and one of the things we were hearing a lot last year is they wanted healthier options, and so that’s what prompted us to create this stand,” Richmond says.

There’s even a sandwich contest for the Signature Healthy Option.

“A turkey burger with guacamole and tomato salsa, and there’s also going to be a chipotle chicken wrap. We’re going to choose a winner at the All-Star break,” he says.

Richmond says the Phillies’ ballpark food can’t be found anywhere else because much of it is drawn from the city’s unique neighborhoods.

“You got Tony Luke’s.  You’ve got Bull Luzinski coming back with a stand.  You have Chickie’s and Pete’s.  So you have a little of the neighborhood right here in the ballpark, and that’s what makes it special.”

So for the hungry, platter up!

Reported by John Ostapkovich, KYW Newsradio 1060.

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