A healthy day out at the fair

The fair can still be a delicious time without the fried food.

Posted on Oct 5, 2016

Not a fan of fried food? Here's how to keep it nutritious while visiting Big Tex.


Nothing fried, please

While fried everything is certainly the highlight of any trip to the fair, it's definitely possible to get some yummy treats without touching anything fried. An oversized turkey leg is always a must and the juicy sausage on a stick will also leave you satisfied. And it's a not a day at the fair without some roasted corn! Darn Good Corn just outside the main Midway entrance offers the tasty snack without butter upon request. Sprinkle some lemon pepper seasoning and you're ready to go. 


Head to the Tower Building

The indoor space is a perfect getaway for lunch during your State Fair outing and the wide selection of healthy options makes it even better. Take your pick from New Orleans favorites like red beans and rice or creole sausage and seafood gumbo, or go with picnic classics like chicken salad or tuna salad sandwiches for a lighter bite. If you're in the mood for Tex-Mex look out for chicken fajita bowls or quesadillas (spinach/cheese and chicken/cheese combos are available.) And if you can't resist some fries, make it a little healthier by going with sweet potato fries or go for a hummus and carrots alternative.


Fruit is everywhere

Start with a mango on a stick, a State Fair favorite. It's the easiest way to enjoy a mid-day snack with one hand while the other beats out your buddy on the ring toss. And you can't go wrong with a traditional fruit cup, filled to the brim with fresh watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, jicama, pineapple and coconut with a splash of lime juice and cayenne pepper to make it savory. Prefer your fruit in wine form? Head to the Wine Garden for a glass of merlot alongside a cheese board and tomato skewers.


You'll get your steps in

During a half-day trip to Fair Park grounds (about three and a half hours), we got in about 10,250 steps. That's just above the daily recommendation for a healthy adult, and likely much more enjoyable than a walk around the block.