The county fair is a big deal around these parts. For the kids – it’s rides, fair food and meeting up with school friends. For adults – it’s music, fair food and meeting up with old friends. I have to admit that our little, country fair probably has the best fair food on the planet. The food booths are sponsored by local community groups like the Kiwanis and 4-H. Some have even become synonymous with the foods that they make like the Jobs Daughters’ Corn Dogs – definitely worth the price and the wait in line. Everything on Treat Street from the strawberry shortcake to the teriyaki rice bowls is delicious.
How does one keep from over-indulging? Personally, I have tried ignoring Treat Street altogether but found that deprivation just made me crave a buttered corn-on-the-cob or giant taco. This year, I came up with a strategy that seemed to work. I didn’t gain weight and I felt good about the choices I made.
This is what I did:
- Plan Ahead
I made sure that my family and I ate a healthy breakfast that included protein and fiber before we left for the fair. I determined what my lunch selection would be before we arrived and then brought healthy snacks like nuts, dried fruit and veggies to nibble on while we were there so I wouldn’t be tempted to over-indulge.
Since all of the fair food comes in super sized portions, my husband and I shared selections.
- Stay Hydrated
Everyone in the family brought a water bottle that we refilled throughout the day. Don’t mistake dehydration for hunger pains.
- Walk The Fair
Instead of paying the $6 to park in the lot, we opted for parking on the street and walking to the fair grounds. Not only did this save us money but we got some much needed exercise on the way to the fair.