LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- From hot dogs and nachos to funnel cakes and deep-fried Twinkies, it might seem impossible to eat smart while enjoying Riverfest this weekend, but there are some healthier eating options you can choose.
Registered dietitian Kristen Rowe has some alternatives you might
want to consider before indulging in those high calorie entrees.
Giant Turkey Legs
1,136 calories, 54 g. fat
Chicken on a Stick
251 calories, 6 g. fat
Deep Fried Banana Pudding
1,735 calories, 43 g. fat
1 cup of Yarnell's "Death by Chocolate" ice cream
280 calories, 16 g. fat
860 calories, 59 g. fat
"Plain Jane" hot dog
240 calories, 14.5 g. fat
Funnel Cake (not including chocolate and caramel sauce)
760 calories, 44 g. fat
Apple slices with caramel and pecans
390 calories, 13 g. fat
Other Healthy Eating Tips for a Festival:
-Avoid fried foods and items covered with cheese.
-Rethink your drink: soda, lemonade, and alcohol are loaded with "empty" calories.
-Share! Most portions at a festival are meant to be split with others.
-Pick one item and stick with it. Calories add up if you graze.
Diet-Related Health Risks:
-Hypertension (High blood pressure)
-Type 2 Diabetes
-High cholesterol and triglycerides