Nothing fried, please
While fried everything can certainly be the highlight of a trip to the Texas State Fair, it's definitely possible to get some yummy treats without the batter. 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.)
If you simply can't resist a Fletcher's corny dog, there's a turkey and veggie corny dog option too. And if you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, walk over to the Midway for chicken quesadillas or a vegetarian burrito.
Head to the Tower Building
The indoor space is loaded with concessionaires, providing a great spot for lunch out of the sun 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. Top it all off with a refreshing fruit drink with your choice of horchata, lemon or pineapple.
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 beating your buddy on the ring toss with the other. 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 liquid form? Head to the Wine Garden and sample from more than 40 wineries while enjoying live jazz and blues music every weekend. (Wine is totally a health food, right?)
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 far more enjoyable than a walk around the block.