Today is a day of celebration for two reason. First, it’s Go Texan Day! Happy Go Texan Day everybody! Second, I reached my running goal!!! For the past few months, my goal has been to build up to where I can run for 30 minutes straight without a walk break. This morning, I ran 32 minutes!
I think that calls for a reward . Maybe something from Lululemon… any suggestions?
Now onto one of the best holidays of the year! For those of you who are not from the great state of Texas, Go Texan Day is celebrated every year and it is the official start to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo. We Texans take our pride pretty seriously, and celebrate this holiday in style – sporting cowboy boots, hats, western wear and feasting on Texas food of course .
This hangs on the wall of my apartment
I wanted to take today as an excuse to talk about the strangest and best fried foods out there. And no, they are NOT healthy! First, here’s a look at the most popular rodeo foods in Houston:
The top food, a funnel cake, will cost you 760 calories and 44 grams of fat. And a deep fried turkey leg runs at 1136 calories and 54 grams of fat. Whew! No wonder Houston has reclaimed the title of America’s Fattest City for 2012.
My personal favorite rodeo food is, hands down, fried oreos.
For some reason, I was not able to find the calorie and fat content of fried oreos online – but you can assume it’s pretty high! Other similar rodeo food desserts include deep fried snickers -which have 444 calories and 29 grams of fat and deep fried twinkles – which have 420 calories and 34 grams of fat. Keep in mind, I only indulge in deep fried oreos once a year, and I usually feel sick after I eat them!
My second favorite fried rodeo food is fried pickles. And they are delicious, so don’t knock em til you’ve tried em!
Fried pickles are probably one of your healthiest fried choices at the rodeo, with one serving being only 174 calories and 4 grams of fat – but that picture above is probably three servings, at least!
What are some of the stranger foods? How about a candy applied pork rind, a pulled pork sundae, or a chocolate dipped jalapeño.
And yes, you can also get fried butter.
Here are some more pictures of fried rodeo foods if you’re interested: Strange and Unusual Rodeo Foods. And if you do go to the rodeo this year, maybe limit yourself to just one of these babies!
Lastly, for those of you who would like to celebrate Go Texan Day, check back later today for my recipe for Chile con Queso! It’s the closest I’ve ever come to restaurant style delicious chili con queso, and making it is a great way to celebrate this holiday .