It’s that time of year again in Indiana… time for the Indiana State Fair! And whether that conjures up thoughts of thrill-seeking rides, award-winning animals or winning a stuffed animal for your best girl, most of us agree on one thing. It’ the FOOD!
Fair food is typically deep-fried, covered in cheese or dipped in sugar. But does it have to be? Is it possible to eat healthy at the fair? Your Indianapolis chiropractor says yes! Here are a few tips to avoid falling into that high fat and high carbohydrate trap that seems to be all that is available at most state fairs.
First, eat before you go to the fair. If you stomach is grumbling because your last meal was hours ago, you will be more likely to indulge in anything and everything at the fair.
Secondly, pack you own snacks. If you can munch on a piece of fruit, a homemade granola bar or a handful of nuts while you look at that prize-winning pig, you will have a better chance of avoiding a fried Twinkie or corn-on-the-cob dipped in melted butter.
But if these options are just not going to work for you, here are a few nutrition facts that might help you make better choices of what the fair does have to offer.
1. Everone’s favorite and a staple at most fairs is the funnel cake. The funnel cake has 760 calories and 44 grams of fat!! The smarter choice is a elephant ear with only 310 calories and 15 grams of fat.
2. If you think you are eating smart by munching on a candy apple, try the caramel apple instead. A candy apple has 332 calories whereas a caramel apple has only 298.
3. A hamburger has 440 calories with 20 grams of fat but a hot dog is the winner here with 214 calories and 14 grams of fat. And that huge turkey leg that everyone seems to enjoy…..how about a whopping 1136 calories and 54 grams of fat!!
4. And for a little something sweet and cool to beat the heat…..steer clear of the ice cream. A 1/2 cup of vanilla ice cream has 145 calories whereas the popular lemon shake-up has only 99 calories.
5. If you are looking for smart choice of drinks at the fair, stay away from soda. An 8 oz. glass of cola has 100 calories. Most fairs now offer bottled water or unsweetened ice tea which is always a better idea.
And did you know….you can request your ear of corn not dipped in butter? That sausage and peppers sandwich you can get without the bun? Popcorn with no added butter or salt is available upon request? If you simply must have a funnel cake….ask for it plain with no powdered suger or fruit topping.
One more tip….it is difficult to go to the fair and not sabotage even the best of eating plans. So, go with a friend and share all the goodies. Half the fat and calories is always better that all the calories. And avoid the people-moving train….walk!!