Hooray for the ๐ŸŽก MN State Fair! (Or any fair, carnival, zoo that has amazing treats you love!) We LOVE our food on a stick, and here are some tips to keep your body working at its best so you can have the most fun possible without feeling icky!

๐Ÿ‹️‍♀️Start your day with a workout. ๐Ÿ”ฅ if you do your full workout, but mad props if you do a short 10 minute abs or strength before you go. It will keep your mind in the health game for the day and boost your energy to get going! Remember your Fitbit to count those steps! Can you double your usual step goal?

๐ŸฅšEat a protein and veggie packed breakfast! A veggie omelet made with a dash of olive oil or your daily superfoods shake will get that body moving and fill you with some nourishment to start the day. Obviously with a side of coffee. ☕️

๐Ÿ’งBring your water bottle! Bottled water at the fair is expensive, but there are drinking fountains to fill 'er up. Keeping yourself well hydrated will keep the rich food you will eat movin' on through. Water also helps with energy! Try to fill it up at least 2 times if you are there all day. (Also note where the restrooms are ๐Ÿ˜‰)

❤️Plan to eat what you LOVE. No one thinks you should go to the fair and skip your favorite once a year foods! But if you stick to what you love for the most part, you will enjoy each bite without guilt. My downright favorite is the deep fried Snickers Bar. There have been years I have gone to the fair just for the evening and have only eaten that. If you eat some of those fav things first, you will be less tempted to binge on other things just because they are there.

๐Ÿ‘ฏ Share! Do you need the whole thing of cheese curds? NO! When you share, you enjoy together AND eat 1/2 the portion plus save money so you can share something else, too. Win-win!

๐Ÿ’ฐ Get over the "value" of getting the bigger size. If you are with 8 people, totally get the giant bucket of fries and share it. But if you look at the prices and think "but it's only $ more for the big size" - get the smaller size. Save the $ from that upgrade for a different treat and keep it out of your belly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

๐ŸฟSkip the stuff you can get at home. Popcorn? Soda? Those things are better at the movies, anyway.

๐ŸŒถFind healthy foods! The fair has so many amazing options that will actually fill your body with goodness. I remember eating an amaze balls with Cuban wrap in the food building a few years ago. Ask for an ear of corn without the butter, maybe. Try to find some protein and veggie options that aren't fried in order to balance out all of those carbs. Your body will thank you both in the energy it provides and for how you "process" that food later. ๐Ÿ’ฉ

๐ŸชLeave it at the fair! Life is all about balance and enjoying your favorite treats and food celebrations without guilt! It's how we handle vacations, holidays, and special events, but it means GETTING RIGHT BACK on the clean eating, balanced, plan the VERY NEXT MEAL (or day in this case ๐Ÿ˜‰) Those Sweet Martha's cookies are never even close to as good the next day. Stick to the cone of them and enjoy each one while they are HOT!

๐Ÿคธ‍♀️When you get home, do a 10 minute yoga stretch and drink a big glass of water. Your body worked hard for you as you walked around and enjoyed all of those experiences including the food.

๐Ÿ“ฑDo you have any healthy foods you found at the fair that you can share? I'd love to see them! Pop them in the Stronger with Joy Facebook Community or comments of the IG post!!
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