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Can you enjoy fair foods and still not gain weight?
Nashville, Ark. – What could be better than a night at the county fair checking out
the exhibits, watching a livestock show, enjoying one of the famous hamburgers from
the kitchen, peach cobbler or ice cream? Can it get any better? Fair season is upon
us. The Howard County Fair starts Monday, followed by other fairs around the area,
and ending with the state fair in October.
At each fair, food is as much a part of the fair as the exhibits, rides
and livestock shows. All the fair food we enjoy this time of the year can add extra
calories. But hey, fairs involve a lot walking, so we’ll probably burn off those extra
fair food calories, right? Maybe – if we walk up to 1.5 miles for a bag of cotton
candy and 3 miles for a funnel cake.
Big portions with lots of sugar and fat calories characterize most of
the foods we traditionally associate with fair. For many of us, attending the fair
wouldn’t be nearly as much fun without these treats. Some may be once-a-year foods
for us, and we look forward to those foods at the fair.
So, can you enjoy these foods and still not gain weight? It depends on
what you eat and how much you eat.
On average, you have to walk about 1 mile to burn 100 calories. Most walking
trails around the county are laid out for you to easily get a mile in. At Dogwood
Pavilion trail, at the city park, two times around the trail equals one mile. Or,
if you prefer to go by time, at a 3 mph pace, it’ll take you 20 minutes to go a mile.
Walking at 4 mph, it’ll take 15 minutes to go a mile.
Here is a list of favorite fair foods and the distance needed to walk
to burn off the calories.
Wow! Before you stuff your picnic basket with carrots and celery sticks
and head to the fair, consider this: With a little planning, it’s possible to fit
in many favorite fair foods in an overall healthy diet.
Finally, if you do overindulge, try to eat healthier the next day. Going
overboard one day will not necessarily ruin your diet. It’s when we go overboard several
days in a row. So go ahead and enjoy some of your favorite foods at the fair, just
don’t over do it!
Need some help getting started with a walking plan? Consider forming a
team and joining the Fall Walk Across Arkansas starting September 29 and going through
November 23. This eight-week program encourages participants to get out and exercise!
To join, you just need to form a team of 2 to 10 people, register your team and members
online at https://walk.uada.edu/ and start walking.
Throughout the 8 weeks, members will log the time they exercise each day.
This can be done by the team captain or members on a weekly basis. While walking is
the preferred method of exercise, many other types of exercise can be counted, including
housework, gardening, etc. The goal is to get up and get moving!
Members will receive encouragement throughout the program through online
newsletters, which is full of tips and tricks to keep you on track plus nutrition
information. And the best thing is it is free to join!
If you would like more information on healthy eating, Walk Across Arkansas,
or other exercise programs offered through the University Division of Agriculture,
contact the Howard County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located
on the second floor of the courthouse.
A couple of tips about entering items in the Howard County Fair. All home arts entries
will be accepted on Tuesday, September 3 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Baked goods and
plants can be brought that day or you can bring them on Wednesday from 8:00 – 9:30
a.m. Photographs must be mounted on an 11 x 14-inch mat. For complete rules and regulations,
pick up a copy of the fair tabloid available at the several locations around the county
or at the Extension Office. There are several new contests and activities to check
You can make your own funnel cakes at home. Here is the recipe!
2 ½ c. self rising flour
¼ c. sugar
1 1/3 c. milk
2 eggs, slightly beaten
Sifted powdered sugar
Combine flour and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add milk and eggs and beat until
smooth. Heat oil to 375 degrees. Pour ¼-cup batter into a funnel with a 3/8-inch opening,
keeping finger over the bottom opening of the funnel. Hold funnel over hot oil. Remove
finger from funnel end to release batter into hot oil; move funnel in a slow, circular
motion to form a spiral.
Fry each funnel cake 1 minute or until edges are golden brown; turn and
fry until golden. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining batter. Sprinkle with
powdered sugar. Serve warm. Yield: about a dozen (5-inch) cakes.
Note: These are great as snacks anytime. They are also nice for breakfast.
They can be sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon or topped with syrup.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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