Fair Season or Fat Season?
Asking a dietitian to rate food options at a fair is equivalent to being asked to rate the best of the worst foods. Fair food typically is fried, sugar coated, waist-expanding foods. Common sense tells you to stay away from deep fried cheesecake or fried butter. But there are a few things you can do to avoid over-indulging at the fair.
1. Don't arrive at the fair hungry. Eat before you go so you can limit yourself to 1 or 2 indulgences rather than grazing the entire day.
2. Drink plenty of water. Stay hydrated, especially when it is hot.
3. Share- most people go to the fair with a buddy. Sharing an item with 1 person cuts the calories, sugar and fat intake in half.
4. There is more to the fair than food. Enjoy the shows, rides and other activities to take the emphasis off the food.
5. Avoid mindless eating. Find a place to sit down and enjoy your food. Eat it slowly.
6. Stash some single serving packets of nuts and dried fruits in your purse as a snack if you hope to avoid the indulgences all together.
7. Look for fruits, vegetables, lean meats, pickles, or corn (without the butter).
Suzette Ritzert- RD, LDN, MS, is a dietitian at SwedishAmerican.