Mikayla Borchert
Benovate Staff & Content Editor
benovate | health
Simple Ways to Make Healthy Choices at the State Fair
Eat before you go to avoid over-splurging. Whenever I arrive to the fair hungry, the first thing I do is find fried cheese curds or something on a stick. Having a full, healthy meal ahead of time can make fair food seem less alluring–your stomach and your wallet will thank you.

Spending the last weeks of August outside is incredible, but remember to stay hydrated while walking around the fair. If you forget to drink enough fluids, you could start feeling faint or even get heat exhaustion. Stick to water to get the most hydration out of each sip. If you need something with more flavor, try the unlimited milk stand to avoid sodas, beers, and milkshakes.

For many of the foods at the State Fair, you can’t get them anywhere else. That makes is extra tough to say no. Bring a friend to share with. Together you can try more things without getting stuck with a double-sized portion to yourself.
With all those tactics in mind, you can still look for treats that go easy on processed sugars.
El Burrito Mercado has mangoes on a stick. Try it with lime or chili powder for a little something different. Find it in the International Bazaar.
In the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, you can get all kinds of protein and healthy fats from Simply Nuts.
Check out the Produce Exchange on Judson Avenue (outside the Agriculture/ Horticulture Building) for all kinds of freshly grown food.
The Middle East Bakery on Dan Patch Avenue and Cooper Street has great sandwiches. Try the usual turkey or roast beef, or go for the one with couscous on a whole wheat pita.
At Veggie Pie in the Food Building, get fresh, frozen fruit to cool you down. They have pineapple and grapes. Bayou Bob’s on Nelson Street and Dan Patch Avenue also offers frozen grapes.
Smokey’s Charbroiler has a wild alaskan salmon burger, and it’s not fried. Find it where Murphy Avenue and Underwood cross.
Although corn has a lot of starch, it may be one of the wiser options. Corn Roast on Dan Patch Avenue and Nelson Street has fresh, locally grown sweet corn for a reasonable price. Skip the butter and salt, and you’ve got an all-natural snack.

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If you have diabetes or are watching your carbs, check out this table of foods and nutrition values. This resource from Health Partners shows you the details on almost 50 different foods, from brownies to alligator. It tells you the carbs in grams and choices, so you don’t have to do any math.

If you or someone in your family has food allergies, the fair can be a frightening place. Vendors don’t post allergy information for things like nuts and shellfish. However, there are dairy-free and gluten-free options. Visit Jenn Espinosa-Goswami’s blog to see her list of allergy-friendly options.

If you have more than one allergy to worry about, try these places:
Be sure to inform them of your concerns before ordering so that they can do their best to accommodate you.
Delicious Potato Skins, Fresh French Fries and Tot Boss
O’Garas, Minnekabob, French Meadow, Holy Land
Minnesota Apples, Strawberries and Cream, Dole Whip, Corn Roast and Henry’s Kettle Corn

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