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TIPS TO NAVIGATE THROUGH FOOD AT THE FAIR!

PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION |

It’s almost fair time! If you are headed to your local or state fair with family and friends, you’re likely to be tempted by the numerous fried options that smell delicious upon passing by. While an occasional splurge won’t put a stall in your healthy effort, continually indulging may. We’ve put together a list of fair don’ts and fair do’s to help you navigate the stretch of food vendors.

Fair Food Don’ts
Choose these cautiously – fried anything is popular at fairs. I even heard about a Krispy Kreme Chicken Sandwich making an appearance! You can also compare the calories with how much walking it would take to burn off the calories eaten – which might make you reconsider.

  • Fried Onion Blossom: 1320 calories and 72 grams fat! It would take 4 hours and 25 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Nachos and Cheese: 861 calories and 59 grams fat. It would take 2 hours and 55 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Funnel Cake: 760 calories and 44 grams fat. It would take 2 hours and 50 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Curly Fries: 620 calories and 30 g fat. It would take 2 hours and 10 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Fried Mushrooms with Ranch Dressing: 560 calories and 40 grams fat. It would take 1 hour and 50 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Fried Twinkie: 420 calories and 34 grams fat. It would take 1 hour and 25 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Fried Snickers: 444 calories and 29 grams fat. It would take 1 hour and 30 minutes of walking to burn this off.

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Better Fair Foods
These picks still let you indulge but won’t break the bank! You can easily plan these into your day. Take your pedometer along too for extra fair walking encouragement.

  • Cotton Candy: 171 calories and 0 grams of fat. It would take 35 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Chocolate Covered Frozen Banana: 240 calories and 4 grams of fat (plus a fruit serving!). It would take 50 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Corn on the Cob (without butter): 180 calories and 2 grams fat. It would take 55 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Chicken Taco: 210 calories and 12 grams fat. It would take 58 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Chili: 280 calories and 11 g fat. It would take 1 hour and 17 minutes of walking to burn this off.

  • Soft Pretzel: 340 calories and 2 g fat. It would take 1 hour and 34 minutes of walking to burn this off.
Eat Right Fair Tips
  • Know your choices. Walk around the food court to evaluate your choices.

  • Will you be visiting the fair multiple times? Limit yourself to one true splurge.

  • Have a snack before you go. Try a protein-carb combo and the treats will be a little less tempting!

  • Share higher calorie treats with a friend.

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