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Where to Find Healthy Food Options at the State Fair of Texas (Comes With a Printable PDF)

Greek salad (right); fruit cup (left) photos by Desiree Espada

On a recent romp through the State Fair, I’ve discovered that it is possible to eat healthy foods there, contrary to popular belief. You just have to know where to find them between the stalls of endless fried-to-death junk.

Most people who avoid contracting fried fooditis go for the usual suspects: turkey legs, pickles, hot dogs and hamburgers. These are all safe options. They’re not exactly low on calories (except for pickles), but they work. At least they’re edible, right?

Lucky for all you healthy eaters out here, 2012 will be known as the year the State Fair of Texas actually has tasty non-fried options. This year, for instance, Good Karma Kitchen and SlushWorks teamed up to create an anti-fried food menu inside the Food & Fiber Pavilion that features a gluten-free cheddar cornbread cake on top of sweet baked beans.

The Food Court also has the highest concentration of healthy food options. Inside this building, there’s Greek salad, blackeyed pea soup, savory and sweet crepes, and rotisserie chicken for less than 20 coupons each.

Jump for the list of healthy options (with a printable pdf created by our favorite web designer Charlotte Tobin).


Click here for the printable pdf version.

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  • aneelee

    wow! had pretty much given up on attending. may have to try now. :) thanks!

  • Stacy

    Why didn’t you include the jerked tofu and curried potato chick pea roti from the Caribbean Food booth near the Old Mill? They have the best selection of more health minded foods.

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  • Kim Pierce

    Add Madame Butterfly in the Texas Discovery Gardens. You don’t have to pay admission to grab a fruit slush or sandwich. Stopped for a cool one Friday to enjoy while viewing the snakes and tarantulas and Madagascar hissing roaches nearby.

  • Carol Shih

    @Kim – Yes! I need to go back and try Madame Butterfly’s sandwiches.

  • Milk&Cookies

    Thank you!
    Maybe next year the State Fair will have a tasty, healthy
    food contest as well as the fried one? How about getting those Cooper Nutritionists involved? Or am I dreaming?

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  • christina

    Good Karma Kitchen and slush works is also serving up all natural slushes with Texas based fruits and herbs. We also have a deconstructed tamale with bloody Mary relish and a Texas peach and vodka cake! We feel honored the Go Texan program asked us to be the healthy option and to allow our locally focused menu to bring light to our farmers awesome products.

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  • why bother

    Wh yeven bother going to the state fair if you’re not going to eat the fried food? I mean, I hardly ever even eat fried food (I’m thin and work out on a regular basis), but when you go to the state fair, come on! Not eating fried food at the state fair is like going to the best bbq restaurant in Texas and only ordering beans. You’re at a bbq restaurant…get the brisket!

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  • Michelle Saunders

    Wow, I had no idea this was even possible! Thanks for the info…that fruit cup looks DELISH!

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