TOPS Tells How to Fare Well at Summer Fairs

TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly)
Published: Monday, July 15, 2013 at 17:13 PM.

The season of summer festivals is in full swing. Whether it’s the county fair or a music festival, vendors are dishing up food that’s often disastrous to healthy eating plans.

Some of the unhealthiest fare at the fair is fried, included fried Snickers bars, deep-fried butter, funnel cakes, and chocolate-covered bacon. With calorie counts ranging from 450 to 1,000, these popular festival foods can quickly sabotage your weight-loss efforts.

Dena McDowell, M.S., R.D., nutritional expert for TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, along with The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, offers these ideas for controlling calories while still having fun at the fair.

Snack First

If you are leaving for an all-day event, start your day with a healthy, protein-rich breakfast – for example, peanut butter on toast with fruit and yogurt. If you’re off to enjoy an evening concert, before you go, snack on vegetables, low-fat cheese, nuts, and fruit.

Get Your Exercise In

Why not wear a pedometer and challenge yourself, family, and friends to walk 10,000 steps (about five miles) while you’re at the fair? Increase your mileage by grabbing a map from the visitor center and heading to the sights at the opposite end of the grounds first.



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