Sunday, August 31, 2008

Finding Fat-Free Fair Fare??? Updated!

We're thinking about heading to the MN State Fair tomorrow, and I'm on a quest to find some healthier than average food on a stick...or off a stick. I really don't care, as long as it's not deep fried.

I have been searching online to see what I might be able to eat without using my entire WW point allotment for the week. I know that a lot of people go to the fair strictly to eat...I'm not one of them, but the sights and smells that I will encounter there might be a bit too much for me to take, especially if I don't have a plan beforehand. Not that I won't indulge a little bit...after all, it is the State Fair! I'd just like to get a head's up on what's available and maybe plan for what I do want to allow myself to eat, before I arrive there and just decide to throw caution to the wind and pig out. Speaking of "pigging out", I will NOT be sampling the "Pig Lickers" from Famous Dave's, which from what I understand, are chocolate covered bacon pieces ~ ewww...that sounds absolutely disgusting to me.

I have been looking on the MN State Fair's website, where they have a "food finder". So far I've found a few promising food stands to keep an eye out for. Here's what I've found so far:

I am updating this blog on Monday night, to let ya know what I did try...and what I didn't...just in case anyone wants to know for next year.

"Veggie Pie"(Located south wall in Food Building)
Offering: Fresh vegetable pie, fruit pizza, fruit bowl, vegetable bowl, watermelon, frozen grapes on-a-stick, pineapple, oranges, cherries on-a-stick, Dasani bottled water.

That might be a good place to start. Either there, or this next one:

This was not all that great looking, apparently the vegetable pie is the same thing as the veggie pizza we get at Coborn's...not that it's bad, I like it...I just didn't feel the need to try it at the fair. We did have the frozen grapes and pineapple on a stick, because we had a coupon for it. The only other thing I got here was a bottle of water.

"Andre's Watermelon" (Located at Underwood St. & Carnes Ave.)

Offering: Watermelon cubed in a bowl, fresh fruit bowl (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, strawberries), vegetable platter (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, green pepper, cherry tomato) with dip, passion cooler (mixed fruit juices including watermelon), fruit and cheese kabob, watermelon flavored Fuze, Ocean Spray juices, milk, Dasani bottled water

We all shared a large bowl of watermelon chunks from here. It was very sweet and tasty. It was nice to have something refreshing on a hot day that wasn't fattening.

I'd also like to try the "Pickle Pop" (or a picklesicle as I would have called it). That's frozen pickle juice in "push-up" form. That should be absolutely "pointless" as far as WW is concerned, and I'm sure Molly would love that one as well. She's even more of a pickle freak than I am. They are available at:

"The Preferred Pickle" (located inside the food building) Offering: Preferred Pickle (crumb coated deep fried pickle slices), cajun style, optional cream cheese, pickles on-a-stick, dry packaged pickle mix to go. NEW THIS YEAR: Pickle Pop (frozen juice in a plastic push-up sleeve)

I decided against the pickle pop, because I had just eaten a wrap and wasn't very hungry at the time. Molly did get a HUGE "naked pickle on a stick" from here though. The line was very long for this place. I'm not exactly sure if it was for the pickle on a stick or the pickle pop, or what.

This one sounds rather intriguing to me, something that would be good tasting and not too terribly fattening:

"That's a Wrap " (also in the food building)
Offering: Wrap sandwiches (chicken caesar, turkey, oriental, chicken, vegetable), Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Mello Yello

I did have a turkey wrap. It was pretty good, but if I'd realized there was going to be bacon on it, I would have told them to "hold the bacon". Oh well. Live and learn, right?

And...if we end up staying for supper, this place looks like a possiblity:

"The BALL PARK CAFE" (Located outside the Garden on Underwood St. MAP AREA C)

Offering: Scrambled eggs (with ham, cheese, green onion, tomatoes), fried eggs, sausage, steak, hashbrowns, danish, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, pork burgers, cheese pork burgers (with barbecue, salsa and blue cheese sauces), ball park franks, chicken strips, jalapeno poppers, chef salad, garden salad, rotisserie chicken salad, grilled chicken sandwich, rotisserie chicken dinner (with garlic mashed potatoes, vegetable, roll), french fries, garlic fries, Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, Sprite, Vault, Dasani bottled water, Red Bull energy drink, pink lemonade, beer and brewed malt beverages.

I especially like the sound of a chef's salad or a grilled chicken sandwich of some sort. Or even the rotisserie chicken dinner doesn't sound just too bad. I guess it will depend on how many points I've had by that time of day. I could always give the mashed potatoes to my dd Molly and the bread roll to Ray, after all I need to do something to sabotage his weight-loss progress so I can catch up. (cue evil laughter here)...Bwahahahaha...

We did end up staying until after 7pm, but we didn't actually have lunch until late afternoon, so we just waited until we got home and ate leftovers we had in the fridge.

Anyway, I think I have a little bit more of a handle on what's available now, and I don't feel too bad about planning to go there tomorrow. I guess if it is hot and humid, like it's supposed to be, we're bound to sweat off a few pounds with all the walking we'll do. I'm pretty sure we'll go, because my Ray and Molly really want to go. I'll let y'all know how it all turned out on Tuesday.

I didn't go too overboard in the food dept today. I did try a caramel apple sno-cone, and snitched a few cheese curds from Molly. Ray had a turkey leg...that's his thing he has to do at the fair. We also bought a bag of apples in the ag building...and I had two of them. They were very good.

Our regular WW meeting night is Monday here in P-town, so because of the holiday this week, we won't have one here. So far, I haven't decided if I'm going to go elsewhere to weigh in on Tuesday morning, or maybe just skip a week. I'm leaning toward just skipping a week, I haven't missed one since I began this journey on March 31st.


Qtpies7 said...

Oh, if you MUST indulge in fried food at all, you MUST try the battered deep fried pickles! I am now so incredibly jealous that we are not going to the State Fair this year! Whaaa!!! I didn't know they had that at the fair.

Sarah said...

I hope you have a good time at the fair! Good job at doing the food research ahead of time! I hope you stay strong with your food choices!

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Qtpies7 said...

Good job staying strong!
The fruit sounds great. Yumm!

Sarah said...

Good Job, Jeannie! Making wise food choices *ahead of time* will only bring more success your way! I am so happy for you! I can't wait to join up again in February!

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