If the start of the Sioux Empire Fair means the start of a week full of deep fat fried goop on a stick for you, you might want to rethink that. Avera McKennan Registered Dietitian Megan Vilhauer takes us through what's bad... and not quite as bad... for our heart and hips at the fair.
Where else can you find all of these delicacies in one spot but at a fair. Corn dogs, hot dogs, mini-donuts, cotton candy... it all looks and tastes so good... but of course it's not good for you... or your waste line.
Registered Dietitian with Avera McKennan Megan Vilhauer says don't go hog wild all week on the fried foods, but do go for the pork or chicken or turkey legs because they tend to be grilled. There is hope that your diet won't go down the drain completely.
Vilhauer says, "There actually is. When you think of healthy food at the fair think of the 5 food groups. Anything with meat, vegetables or fruit is a really good choice." She says another advantage to fair food is that it's made in front of you. If you don't want sugar in your fruit smoothie request it that way."
"One great thing about the fair is exercise is built in when you are walking around looking at the exhibits or going on the rides it's easy to get in a mile or two a day so that helps make up for not eating the best. But if you are feeling guilty it wouldn't hurt to hop on the tread mill or walk around the block," Vilhauer says.
She also emphasizes drinking plenty of water while you are walking around the fairgrounds on these hot humid days. She adds, " Everything is good in moderation. Don't feel bad if you have some donuts or extra snow cone or a bag of cotton candy just do it in moderation."
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