State Fair of Texas Continues Offering Healthy Choices

Many people head to the State Fair of Texas every year with an appetite the size of Big Tex, but even though the fair has plenty of fried foods to satiate a Texas-sized appetite, they may not be the healthiest. Believe it or not, in and around deep fried paradise lie some hidden healthy gems.

Fruit

If your idea of refreshing is biting into a luscious watermelon slice, then you’re in luck! Many booths offer up fresh fruit in any form you could imagine.

Take a quick trip to the tropics with a fruit cup filled with fresh watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, jicama, pineapple and coconut finished off with a splash of lime juice and some cayenne pepper from Fruteria at Tower Building.

Rather drink your daily recommended intake of fruits? Fruteria also offers fresh fruit drinks and smoothies.

Want to feel like a true fairgoer? Then enjoy some mango on a stick from the same location.

If the only fruit you eat is via vino, then the Wine Garden might be your spot to beat the heat. The garden does offer fruit and cheese platters as well as cheese and tomato skewers that will pair up nicely with that glass of wine.

Veggies

Hit that sweet tooth with some sweet roasted corn from Darn Good Corn at the Midway. Best of all, the butter is optional, but we won’t judge if you brush a little on.

If a potato seems counterintuitive to be on a list of healthy foods, think again! One medium baked potato has just 161 calories, plus 4 grams of fiber to keep you full enough not to succumb to fried Jell-O. Get your fix at Farm Pac MLK 29, but make sure you don’t go overboard on the various toppings!

You may not intuitively head to BW’s Famous Fried Ribs for something, well, not fried, but this booth offers much more than its namesake fried ribs. Get a different kind of protein fix with their hummus. It includes pita, celery and carrots at their Tower Building location.

If Santorini is calling your name at the State Fair, then head over to It’s All Greek to Me at Tower Building for a Greek salad. The fresh, crisp lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese and croutons will have you yelling, “Opa!” in no time.

Red beans and rice may be another item that seems like it shouldn’t be on this list, but the Creole dish packs almost half a day’s worth of protein, over half a day’s worth of fiber and almost your entire daily need of potassium. Find it at Villas Seafood at N-17F and A Taste of New Orleans.

For the Carnivores

Fruit on a stick not enough to satisfy your fair-going needs? Try the grilled chicken or shrimp on a stick from Doc’s Catering and Grill at MLK-13F.

For the diehard sandwich lovers out there, pick up your beloved handheld favorite at Highland Park Soda Fountain at Tower Building. They have some classics like chicken salad, tuna salad and a good old ham and cheese sandwich.

Looking for something a little heartier? The rib eye sliders from Trio on the Green are sure to please. A grilled chicken breast from Velasquez Catering & Concessions, Inc., at Grand Place is sure to hit the spot as well.

If you’re searching for some seafood, try Villa’s Seafood in N-17F.

Visiting the State Fair doesn’t have to break your diet, and with all the healthy items you’re eating we won’t tell anyone if you sneak in a fried Oreo, or two.

Show us what healthy treats you’ve found at the fair this year! Tweet us a picture of your healthy fair food with the hashtag #AYAWBHealthyFair!

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