Disneyland, the scent of popcorn, turkey legs, and corn dogs waft from every corner of Main Street. Most of us experience an internal wrestling match between tolerating a pre-packed low-calorie protein bar or indulging in a staple Disneyland treat.
Stop this nonsense right now.
There are healthy snacks and treats all over Disneyland that can magically hold their own against Disney’s deep fried and sugary staples.
Your Favorite: Turkey Leg at Edelweiss Snacks
The perfectly crisp outside and juice dripping inside of Disneyland’s turkey leg is a carnivore’s dream, but at 720 calories with 36 grams of fat, it is not necessarily the healthiest choice one can find.
Try This: Bacon Wrapped Asparagus at Bengal BBQ
Bengal BBQ has the perfect alternative to the calorie-rich turkey leg and it has grilled meat lightly drizzled with exotic sauce. The Safari Skewer contains pieces of bacon-wrapped asparagus on a kebab. And at $4.19, you can have two Safari Skewers for the price of one $10.99 turkey leg.
Your Favorite: Dole Pineapple Whip at Tiki Juice Bar
It’s sweet. It’s tangy. It’s perfect for a hot day, but by golly, the lines are always long. At 80 calories per serving, the dairy-free Dole Whip is not at the top of the unhealthy list, but it does tout 17 grams of sugar. That is more than Oreos or Chips Ahoy.
Try This: Pineapple Spear at Tropical Imports
#SpoonTip: You could buy a pineapple spear where your friends buy their Dole Whip, at the crowded Tiki Juice Bar. Or you could head over towards the Jungle Cruise to a snack stand called Tropical Imports. Pick up a spear there or even some fresh slices of mango and chili powder.
Your Favorite: Mickey Bar at Clarabelle’s Snack Stand
What is a trip to the kingdom without the iconic mouse-ear-shaped ice cream bar? It’s still a day filled with happiness and life-lasting memories! Not even the most magical moment will melt away the 330 calories, 22g of fat, and 24g of sugar.
Try this: Chocolate Dipped Strawberry at Candy Palace & Candy Kitchen
Compromise is key—keep the satisfyingly crunchy chocolate shell, but replace what is inside. Ripe strawberries can complement chocolate just as well as vanilla ice cream can. The Candy Palace on Main St. has rows of individually-dipped strawberries that boast 140 calories, 7g fat, and 6g of sugar. Priced at $3.99, this piece of decadence, beats the $4.49 Mickey Bar.
Your Favorite: Corn Dog at The Little Red Wagon
Try this: Spinach Feta and Egg White Wrap at Market House
At the gates of the happiest place on earth, excitement flutters, but rides and lines cause an all-consuming hunger. While others head go for turkey legs or Dole Whip, don't forget that Disney's kingdom provides healthier, cheaper, and #FOMO curing alternatives.