Food festivals are a huge part of summer in the United States. Communities across the country line up plenty of events for the season to bring locals and visitors together in celebration of food along with other fun activities.
When it comes to summer food festivals, visions of corn dogs and funnel cakes often come to mind. Fortunately, there are many such events that have an abundance of other food offerings, especially those that focus on specific heritage and/or culture. FoodFacts.com shares a list of festival foods that make for relatively better options than everything fried and everything covered in powdered sugar.
In the midst of the dense number of kiosks selling deep fried grubs, you’ll find a handful of vendors that have Mediterranean dishes or other grilled dishes. Chicken, turkey, shrimp and definitely veggies kabobs are your best alternatives for the usual fair favorites.
Grilled corn on cob
Corn, the natural sunblock, contain antioxidants that help form macular pigment that defends your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays, which is great when you’re cavorting around the fairgrounds under the scorching sun. Additionally, corn is delicious, nutritious and filling!
Sweet potato fries
If you really, really must have something fried, go for the sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are definitely healthier than potatoes: they are a great non-starchy carb and contain more vitamin C.
Note: Bear in mind that it’s not just the ingredient that makes food healthy or unhealthy, but also the cooking method. In this case, when sweet potatoes are fried you’re changing a low fat and relatively low calorie food into something that contains unnecessary fat and calories.
Cotton candy is a great treat to get your sweet fix. A serving is already packed with 225 calories, but you’re more likely to get sick of munching sugar and, basically, air, before you finish it.
Tip: Share it with a friend!
Forgo the ice cream and opt for frozen yogurt for a cold treat. Although all fro-yos are not created equal, they are generally better than ice cream in that they have fewer calories and contain lower saturated fat.
Hot days call for cold drinks. Fruity smoothies are not only thirst-quenching, they’re nutrient-rich, too!
Without a doubt, water still remains the best option for a beverage to pair with any festival food as well as to hydrate from the summer heat.
The fact is, no one enters the festival grounds expecting to be presented with a selection of nutritious dishes. Just be cautious in curbing your enthusiasm and make smart food choices!