September in Oklahoma is a month to celebrate. The weather starts to cool down and we are well into football season. Most importantly though, it’s opening day for the Oklahoma State Fair September 16! That means it’s time to loosen your belt and dive into some state fair food that is deep-fried and covered in powdered sugar or served on a stick. Not to forget the chocolate covered bacon, hot dogs, fried ice cream, mashed potatoes, corn dogs, caramel apples, whipped cream, and cheese curds.
However, all of this heavy and fried food can put a strain on your waistline and your heart. While we know you can’t pass up the chance to indulge in some fair favorites, try to balance this out with some heart-healthy ones as well. To make it easier, we have put together a list of food vendors where you can find some delectables on the lighter side.
You can download this map to help you find your way.
While an overload of bacon may not be considered “healthy” if you are aiming for a more low-carb option, head over to Bacon Habit between the Bennett Center and Jim Norick Arena. This booth offers an assortment of bacon-wrapped veggies; Brussel sprouts, corn, asparagus, and zucchini.
Capital City Cafe
If you’re looking for a place to cool down and grab a healthier option, Capital City Cafe is the place to go. This cool haven is attached to the Jim Norick Arena and offers a variety of salads, grilled chicken wraps, fresh fruit bowls, and pre-made options if you are looking for a quick meal.
Check out the grilled chicken on a stick with some rice at Chan’s Concession’s for some Asian flavors. Located in the Entertainment Plaza.
You can find many different treats throughout the fairground, but you won’t find any as refreshing as watermelon at Cutie Pies. Cutie Pies puts a new spin on this cool and refreshing summer treat by offering not only fresh watermelon but watermelon salsa and watermelon pie for a sweet treat! Located in Entertainment Plaza next to the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage.
DJ’s Creme de la Crepe
Pick out your favorite concoction for a delicious smoothie! These smoothies are filled with real fruit combinations of bananas, strawberries, and more! DJ’s Creme de la Crepe is located on Kiamichi Plaza between the Modern Living Building and the Centennial Building.
Elephant Ears offers a selection of Indian Tacos, Fajitas, and Tostadas with grilled chicken or steak. Complete these snacks with toppings that are healthy – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, and beans. Located between the Cenntenial Building and Modern Living.
The Greek Garden
Looking for something more filling? A chicken gyro with onions and tomatoes in pita bread is not only delicious but will leave you feeling satisfied. Located on Kiamichi Street’s Food Row between the Modern Living Building and the Centennial Building.
La Gumbo Ya Ya
Serving up Cajun-style food, La Gumbo Ya Ya is a local Oklahoma City food truck. They not only serve a tasty bowl gumbo, but you can also get a cup of red beans and rice. They also offer vegan options! La Gumbo Ya Ya is located in The Circle.
As the name suggests, Guiltless offers a variety of guilt-free options. They offer a variety of options that are easy on the gut such as chicken croissants, ham and cheese croissants, creamy cranberry chicken croissants, and salads. You are also able to choose your favorite and customize it to fit your diet and lifestyle.
If you’re looking for a taste of California-style Mexican flavors Ledesma is the place to be. Located halfway down Food Row between the Modern Living Building and the Centennial Building you can order a taco salad or street tacos with al pastor or carne asada.
Oklahoma Roast Corn
Corn-on-the-cob is an Oklahoma State Fair staple. You can find it at nearly every food stand and some stand-alones! One of the most prominent places is Oklahoma Roast Corn in the southeast section of 14 Flags Plaza, near the entrance to Food Row. Another option is located on Gordon Cooper, near the Jim Norick Arena.
Orr Family Farm
Orr Family Farm is known for it’s family-friendly park located in South Oklahoma City. The best health-conscious item on the menu at Orr Family Farm is the amazing popcorn that can satisfy all the fair cravings! The best part is their portions are so big you can share with others as you walk around the fair. Orr Family Farm is located between the Bennet Event Center and Jim Norack Arena.
The Nut Shack
Roasted peanuts, pecans, walnuts, & more. The Nut Shack offers an array of delectable desserts, however, their roasted nut section maybe will be easier on the waistline than the Fudge and Peanut Brittle. They have two locations, one in the Bennett Event Center and the second in The Pavilion.
Taco Dan’s Concession
Vegetarians can often find eating at the fair a difficult task. Taco Dan’s offers vegetarian options such as Portabella Kabobs and corn on the cob. This booth can be found in the Entertainment Plaza.
Being healthy does not necessarily mean giving up the things you love, it means making smarter choices about what you are putting in your body. If you are craving that deep fried oreo, or triple-decker fudge ice cream, go ahead an get one, but share it with a friend and balance it out with a fresh salad, grilled chicken, and some veggies. Join thousands of other Oklahomans in making memories together Sept. 12-24 at the 43rd Oklahoma State Fair and be sure to visit one of our 2 booths in the Bennett Building for a special offer!
At Advanced Body Scan, we believe healthy eating habits and staying active can greatly benefit your well being. We also encourage you to stay proactive in all areas of your health and consult with your health provider any of your concerns. Preventive screening can help give you the knowledge to continue living a healthy life. Schedule your screening today.