Medical City Healthcare - September 27, 2019

If you look forward to the State Fair of Texas every year and want to add a little healthy competition of your own, you've come to the right place. Try these tips for making your state fair visit just a tiny bit more healthful this year — and get the whole family involved in the process!

Split fairgoers into teams and challenge each other to:

  • Share just one fried specialty item per team
  • Choose healthier, non-fried options for main meals
  • Skip the sugary and artificially sweetened sodas and stick to water.
  • Count your steps

Reward teams who stick to the rules and rack up the most steps with extra tickets for rides and games. Or, take the money you saved on fried foods and sodas and plan another family outing. Either way, everyone wins!

Know your risk for heart attack

Eat this, not that.

We asked Amy Haynes, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist at Medical City Dallas and Medical City Children's Hospital, to help us swap out some favorite fair foods with healthier choices your kids can make at home, any time.

Recipes from Kids Teaching Kids.

Berry Cone instead of DQ vanilla cone

Original version:
230 calories/7g fat/26g sugar/6g protein/0 fiber

Healthier version:
Kids Teaching Kids Berry Cone
130 calories/2g fat/10g sugar/9g protein/3g fiber

Waffle Taco instead of amusement park funnel cake

Original version:
760 calories/44g fat/16g sugar/0g fiber

Healthier version:
Kids Teaching Kids Waffle Taco
150 calories/1.5g fat/14g sugar/3g fiber

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

  • 1 whole wheat waffle
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 2 oz. vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt


  1. Lightly toast waffle in the toaster
  2. After it has cooled, scoop yogurt on top
  3. Put blueberries on top
  4. Fold like a taco and enjoy

Dawg wrap instead of corny dog

Original version:
460 calories/19g fat/10g sugar/2g fiber

Healthier version:
Kids Teaching Kids Dawg Wrap
160 calories/4.5g fat/4g sugar/8g fiber

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

  • 1 low-calorie whole wheat tortilla
  • 1/2 slice 2% American cheese
  • 1/2 cup of fresh spinach, tightly packed
  • 1/2 turkey hot dog


  1. Place tortilla on plate
  2. Place cheese on tortilla
  3. Add spinach
  4. Heat hot dog in microwave for 15 seconds
  5. Place hot dog on the wrap and heat for 20-30 seconds; let cool 10 seconds
  6. Roll up the tortilla
  7. Wait 45 seconds before eating

If eating too much fried food leaves you in distress, one of our many Medical City Healthcare emergency locations has you covered. With average wait times posted online, if you do have an emergency, you can spend less time waiting and more time on the moments that matter most. Find a fast Medical City ER near you or visit Medical City Virtual Care for non-emergency medical treatment from your computer or smartphone.

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