[YOUR HEALTH] It’s Festival Time

By Melissa Hawthorne, MS, RD, LD
St. Hope Foundation

Spring is almost here! With the change in season, comes the arrival of festivals. If you live in Houston, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in full swing where you will find fun games, lots of rides and a variety of tempting foods. While festivals can be fun, it’s important to remember there is more to the festival than the food. Focusing on food may lead to unwanted pounds on the scale.

Here are some festival foods favorites that might surprise you on how many calories they contain:

  • Turkey Leg 1,136 calories; 43g fat
  • BBQ Beef Baked Potato 1,059 calories; 59g fat
  • Corn Dog 430 calories; 23g fat
  • Fried Twinkie 420 calories; 43g fat

Try these healthier options instead:

  • Roasted Corn On The Cob
  • Caramel Apple (split with a friend)
  • Tacos
  • BBQ Turkey Sandwich