Home Plates: How to Eat Like Jeter and A-Rod

It's baseball season! You can take this news one of two ways: A) It's 162 days your television is monopolized for three-plus hours a day, or B) It's 162 days of nonstop entertainment and conversational ammunition [Ed note: it's the latter].

In the spirit of the season, a resourceful baseball wife dug up the favorite recipes of several popular Major Leaguers and published them in a book called Diamond Dishes, by Julie Loria. Featured stars include Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, David Wright, Joe Mauer, Albert Pujols, Grady Sizemore and 14 others, making baseball fans downright giddy.

But why, you might ask, would a baseball atheist care about what Derek Jeter eats for breakfast? Well ... if you're having trouble getting your little slugger to eat (or maybe even the big slugger in your life), try serving up a helping of their favorite player's dish and watch the hero worship begin.

Check out these three recipes from the book:

Derek Jeter's Egg-White Omelet with Ham and Cheese
The Yankees' captain tries to incorporate well-balanced meals into his daily routine. For breakfast, he eats an egg-white (rather than whole egg) omelet. He has long enjoyed an omelet with a bit of ham and just a hint of cheese, but lately he's been changing it up with an all-vegetable version that includes broccoli or red and green peppers.

Alex Rodriguez's Baked Kale Chips
The Yankees' third baseman eats sensibly, and that includes plenty of nutritious leafy greens. But he also can’t resist a bowl of crunchy baked chips when it comes to a snack. As a healthier alternative to potato chips, try these homemade kale chips that will have your guests asking, “Is this really kale?”

David Wright's Apple Pie
The Mets' third baseman's favorite dessert is all-American apple pie, which should come as no surprise, since baseball and apple pie have always gone hand in hand. If you think that it would be hard to improve on the classic American apple pie, you might want to try this tweaked version.

Kristen Aiken is iVillage's senior food editor. Follow her on Twitter: @kristenaiken

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