We’re one day into the Dutchess County Fair, the iconic and second largest fair in New York State. Are you planning to go?
Nothing says summer to us like riding the Ferris wheel, playing bottle toss for stuffed animals, and the isles of food vendors. Gawd, the food at the Dutchess County Fair is worth the trip to Rhinebeck alone. Cleaning eating, be damned. Of course, if you don’t want to throw your diet off course but still want to enjoy your time there, here are our noshing suggestions. Be warned, fried Snickers does not make the cut.
1.Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana on a Stick
Fresh or frozen, bananas are a great source of potassium and can help keep electrolytes in balance (a real pro when you’re sweating from walking around in the summer heat). And while chocolate is not a health food, it isn’t all bad. It’s high in antioxidants and if you get the treat sprinkled in peanuts you have the benefit of protein.
2.Corn on the cob
If you haven’t had the grilled corn at the fair you’re missing out. It’s sweet, warm, and an easy way to have something nutrition between rides. Corn is filled with minerals like zinc, iron, and copper. It also has ferulic acid, an anti-carcinogenic agent that’s been shown to fight tumor growth.
3.Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt
Before you click off this post, hear us out. While you’re getting sugar via these sweet treats, you’re also getting some calcium and protein. Plus, in comparison to fried dough or the other fattier offerings at these types of events, frozen yogurt and ice cream are fairly benign. Just keep it simple, small or kid sized, and pass on the toppings.
According to our research, a grilled veggie kabob clocks in between 120-130 calories making it one of the lighter and healthier options. Pair it with our next choice and you’ll feel too full to scarf down that funnel cake.
Filled with magnesium and potassium (plus fiber, if you eat the skin), baked spuds are a delicious alternative to their fried counterparts. Best enjoyed while sitting at one of the many picnic tables at the grounds, you’ll give yourself time to registered satiety cues and take a needed breather. Make sure not to top it with sour cream, cheese or chili to keep the calorie and fat content low.
Mostly water, nosh on this juicy fruit instead of buying a soda or extra large lemonade. You’ll stay hydrated and save on unhealthy sugar and unnecessary calories.
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