You have to admit, some of the crazy food-on-a-stick creations that abound at state fairs and festivals around the country sound pretty delicious, even if they're far from nutritious.
The upcoming Iowa State Fair, for example, boasts more than 50 foods on a stick including everything from an assortment of deep-fried candy bars (Twix!) to hot bologna to frozen s'mores.
For some reason, food just seems more festive if it's attached to a stick.
But it doesn't all have to be fried and fat-laden just because there's a stick involved. Here are five ways you can eat food on a stick without getting fat:
1. Fruit Kabobs
All you need are your favorite fruits and some sticks. Chop up the fruit, thread it on the stick, and voila. Eating fruit has never been this fun. If you're not eating immediately, sprinkle the fruit with lemon juice to keep it from browning.
2. Fish on a Stick
Cooking Light offers this recipe for Zesty Swordfish Kabobs. A nice addition to a traditional backyard barbecue, and we all know how good fish is for us.
3. Salad on a Stick
I love salad on a stick for buffets and family gatherings. The vegetables are so bright and colorful, and grouped together they make a pretty centerpiece. You can really use any salad recipe you like, and just thread the ingredients onto your skewers, then serve with dressing of your choice for dipping. If you need some inspiration, here's a yummy recipe from Rachael Ray, though it's a bit high in fat with the salami and all.
4. Sandwich on a Stick
Packing a picnic? Sandwiches on sticks are the perfect, portable meal. Just cube your favorite bread, low-fat meats, cheeses, and vegetables and thread on the stick. Kids love them, but save them for home -- schools will surely frown if you send sticks in lunchboxes.
5. Low-fat Dessert on a Stick
If you need a sweet treat on a stick, it doesn't have to be deep-fried to be delicious. Try threading angel food cake along with strawberries, pineapple, and grapes, and serve with some low-fat whipped topping or fat-free yogurt.
What are your favorite foods on a stick?
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