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Fair food: Making the right choices for you

Written by Robin Stahl, RD, CD on 8/2/2014 8:00:00 AM

Robin Stahl is a registered dietician at Community Health Network. 

Make healthy choices at the fair

When asking around the office what people love to eat when they attend the Indiana State Fair, I was not surprised to hear elephant ears, corn on the cob or lemon shake-ups. There's no doubt that Hoosiers love their traditional fair food.

It's easy, as a registered dietitian, to say that on your one trip the fair, you can let your stomach be your guide and eat what you want.  But these days, most foods are available year-round. Corn dogs and cotton candy are no longer just fair food. You can find them in the grocery store any time of the year. 

So, consider these parameters when choosing fair food:
  • Eat what you mentally and emotionally connect to the fair experience and value the food as a treat - something you truly only eat on a special occasion. (Elephant ears are an example.)
  • Eat what tastes good and you feel good about eating. In other words, eat what won’t make you feel sick and tired when you are trying to enjoy your time at the fair.
For those of you trying to stay healthy, you can find decent nutrition at the Indiana State Fair. Here are some food suggestions that will not leave you with stomachache: continue reading ...


Delizioso: Lemon sherbet with limoncello

Written by Behavioral Health Team on 3/13/2014 9:00:00 AM

Lemon sherbetIngredients

  • Lemon sherbet
  • Limoncello (keep in freezer)
  • Grated lemon zest
  • Shortbread cookies (we like Pepperidge Farm®)

Directions

Using an ice cream scoop, place one scoop (1/2 cup) of sherbet in a dessert glass or bowl. Add approximately 1/4 cup of limoncello on top. Add a sprinkle of lemon zest and serve with a shortbread cookie.

1/2 cup sherbet
Cal: 110 | Carb: 23g | Pro: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15g | Fiber: 0

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