8 suggestions for healthier Stampede eats
Pancakes, baked beans and dipped apples make the list
Whether you’re heading down to the Stampede this year or celebrating with a western-style party at home on the range, you’ll need proper fuel to get you through busy days and festive nights.
The Calgary Stampede is known for its midway food. This year's new midway treats include double bacon corn dogs, deep fried Doritos, dessert fries with a frosting dip and deep-fried butter.
If you’re looking for a bigger nutritional bang for your buck, here are a few delicious food finds that will fill you up without filling you out.
A steaming bowl of chili is generally a good nutritional deal. Loaded with lean beef or bison, tomatoes and beans, chili is generally lower in fat, high in fibre and protein. A bowlful (or try it ladled over a baked potato) will warm you up and keep you going all day (or night).
Food truck eats
Most of our city’s food trucks do their cooking from scratch, turning local ingredients into divine custom creations. Eighteen of Calgary’s finest will be on Stampede Park for the inaugural Calgary Stampede Food Truck Rally from July 11-13. On each of these three nights, six trucks will roll into the Agriculture Zone from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., offering up their specialties to hungry Stampede-goers. On top of that, five more trucks will be onsite at Stampede Park for all 10 days. You’ll find them at Stamp-Eat Street across from the dream home.
Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre
All week long, local chefs and producers are cooking live on the Calgary Co-op Kitchen Theatre stage in the Western Oasis. Shows start on the hour – once they wrap up, the samples come out. Stick around for generous tastes of everything from pulled lamb shank with orzo to oatmeal cookies made with red lentils.
In addition to high amount of fibre and complex carbs, pulses typically contain about twice the amount of protein found in whole grains such as wheat, oats, barley and rice. They’re also rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc and B vitamins including foliate, thiamin and niacin. Perfect for simmering and serving up as-is, alongside grilled meats or slopped over a baked potato.
Chocolate Dipped Jalapenos
Dark chocolate and fresh peppers, which are loaded with vitamin C, ain't so bad – if you can take the heat.
New on the grounds this year, cochinita pibil is a traditional Mexican slow-roasted pork dish from the Yucatán Peninsula, served on corn tortillas with adobe salsa, lime, red onions – and habaneros for real cowboys.
When it comes down to it, there’s not a lot of candy, caramel, chocolate or fudge (unless you go for the triple-dipped whammy coated in M&Ms) on the exterior of an apple, and you get a whole fruit out of the deal. As a bonus, it takes awhile to eat, so you aren’t scarfing a bagful of deep-fried empty calories in mere minutes.
Folks are flippin’ flapjacks all over town this week. If you decide to make your own, it’s easy to give them a nutritional boost with whole grain flours, ground flaxseed and canola oil. Just remember you’ll need two of everything: 2 cups flours, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 cups milk, 2 eggs and 2 tbsp. oil. (Plus a pinch of salt!)
For a full range of edible offerings, you can find a food map on the Calgary Stampede's website.