Not always on your mind when visiting the Fair, the Iowa State Fair does have a healthy dose of good for you foods. In conjunction with Iowa’s Healthiest State Initiative, The Des Moines Register and Iowa State University, a list has been compiled of healthy Fair food options. This list is based on the USDA guidelines for healthy meals with school lunches:

Entrées less than 600 Calories
Side dishes less than 300 Calories
Less than 35 percent of Calories from total fat
Less than 10 percent of Calories from saturated fat
Less than 35 percent of Calories from sugar
Less than 1000 mg of sodium

BAKED POTATOES AND CORN-ON-THE-COB – At Westmoreland (south of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage) and Cattlemen’s Beef Quarters (south side of Walnut Square)
CAPRESE SALAD ON-A-STICK – A mouthwatering skewer of cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese and balsamic vinaigrette at The Salad Bowl (Agriculture Building and Cultural Center Courtyard)
CARAMEL APPLE SLICES – At Applishus (locations: east canopy of the Varied Industries Building; north side of Walnut Square; and Cultural Center Courtyard)
CARROTS WITH RANCH – At the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (west side of the Agriculture Building)
DRIED FRUIT LOG – At the Iowa Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (west side of the Agriculture Building)
FRESH FRUIT, MELON AND BERRY CUPS AND SHISHKABOBS – At various locations
FRUIT ON-A-STICK – With a yogurt dipping sauce at The Salad Bowl (west balcony of the Agriculture Building; Cultural Center)
GREEN BEAN OR POTATO BOWL – At Dawghouse Concessions (north side of walk on Triangle)
GRILLED CHICKEN SANDWICHES – At various locations
GRILLED TURKEY SANDWICHES – At Turkey Time Concessions (south side of walk on Triangle)
MARGHERITA PIZZA – At Parlo Pizza’s (on the hill by Grandfather’s Farm)
NOT YOUR MAMMA’S TACO – At the Iowa Turkey Federation Stand (west of the Anne and Bill Riley Stage)
PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY ON A STICK – A tasty skewered version of this childhood favorite with grapes in between the sandwich pieces. The Salad Bowl located in the upper balcony of John Deere Agriculture Building.
PORK CHOPS ON-A-STICK – At the Iowa Pork Producers Association (main location: east end of Grand Avenue; satellite locations: east of the main stand and on Rock Island Avenue west of the Livestock Pavilion)
RIB SHACK COWBOY – A mix of cowboy beans, brisket or pork, coleslaw, a signature chip and barbecue sauce in a spice-flavored waffle cone, at the Rib Shack (south of the Riley Stage)
SALAD ON-A-STICK – At The Salad Bowl (west balcony of the Agriculture Building; Cultural Center) – an iceberg lettuce wedge with carrots and tomato served kabob-style, served with dressing.
SALADS – At various locations
SANDWICH WRAPS – At The Salad Bowl (west balcony of the Agriculture Building and Cultural Center Courtyard) and at Three Sisters (on Grand Concourse in front of the Varied Industries Building)
SHRIMP CORNDOG – Three fresh shrimp dipped in corndog batter, fried to golden perfection and topped with a sweet jalapeno glaze, at the Po Boy Stand (Rock Island Avenue)
TOMATOES – At Hardenbrook Concessions (southwest of the Agriculture Building)
VEGGIE CORN DOGS – At Veggie Table (north of the Varied Industries Building)