So, you squeezed yourself into your new Dirndl and are ready to hit the fun fair and the beer tents… But wait, once the fun is over you don’t want to come out looking like a sausage in a tight skin! Oktoberfest can be a calorie trap but with our tips, your Dirndl will still fit next year… and the year after… and the year after!
Bier, Backhendl, and Brezn – just a few of the many temptations the Oktoberfest has to offer. Unfortunately, none of the above are known for their fat-burning and metabolism-speeding capacities. Quite the contrary; if you’re not careful, you can easily gain a few pounds during the Wiesn! Of course, we’re not here to spoil your fun — you can and should enjoy yourself this time of year. Here are a few simple tricks to ensure that you still look and feel tasty once the fun is over.
So, here are a few simple tricks to ensure that you still look and feel tasty once the fun is over.
Eat in advance
This is a very simple and well-known trick which works well on any night out: eat a healthy meal at home and drink plenty of water. Something that contains both fat and proteins — like a salad with chicken and an olive oil-based dressing — will keep you full and prevent you from overeating. It might also even out a few drinks that you might have! Most people line their stomachs with unhealthy foods, but there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do it with a healthy meal or snack instead. It will also save you a few bucks that you’d otherwise spend on overpriced Oktoberfest food.
If you eat there…
Of course, you can have a drink and a little snack at the Oktoberfest even after eating healthy at home. Here are some of the healthiest choices:
Radler instead of a Maß
Beer can be pretty unforgiving calorie-wise — one glass contains about 470 kcal! Mix it up with a bit of lemonade, however, and you’re cutting 100 kcal out of the equation. Better still, space out your drinking by ordering a (big) mineral water after every Maß. If you choose the sparkly option, you’ll feel full much faster and avoid nasty hangovers the next day — always nice when your kids decide to get up at five and jump on your bed (or head)! Calories: Ca. 370 kcal per Radler.
In a sea of Backhendl, Haxe and Schnitzel, healthy options may seem hard to spot… but all you really have to do is look for the fish impaled on long metallic rods. This Bavarian Alp specialty — a mackerel or trout grilled over coal — eases up on the calories and will also boost your skin, heart, and veins with healthy Omega 3 fatty acids. Calories: Ca. 400 kcal per portion.
Bismarckhering-Semmel or Lachssemmel
While we’re on the topic of fish, another good Wiesn option is a Fisch Semmel — either the Bismarckheringsemmel (with herring) or Lachssemmel (with salmon). Not only are they the perfect accompaniment to all the Radler and mineral water that you’ll be drinking, but they combine some healthy stuff — good fats and iodine — with a low-calorie count. Rumor has it that they’ll even help prevent hangovers. Now everybody together: “Ich hätte gerne ALL OF THE FISH SEMMEL… bitte”. Calories: Ca. 300 kcal per portion.
Do not underestimate the humble potato. Sure, when it’s fried and served alongside a pork knuckle the size of Finland it is best passed up. However, in the form of Ofenkartoffel, it’s delicious, filling and only 300 calories… even when topped with sour cream. If you need any more persuading, it’s also filled with vitamins, fiber, and calcium. Calories: Ca. 300 kcal per portion
Listen, you can’t have Oktoberfest without Brezn: salty pretzels sold from oversized baskets at extortionate prices are half the fun. The key word here is moderation. Avoid anything larger than your head and you’re likely to only consume 260 calories. Calories: Ca. 260 kcal for a small Brezn, 800 kcal for a Riesen-Brezn (giant Brezn).
If you’re feeling nibbly and the fairy floss and sugar-coated everything begins to call your name, look them straight in the eye and order popcorn instead. The cinema faithful also makes a great Wiesn snack — it’s light, yet filling, has a substantial amount of fiber, not too many calories and won’t make your hands sticky. Calories: Ca. 360 kcal per 100g.
This one is kind of a no-brainer. A cup of fruit salad — the colorful type with all the deliciousness — is a great way to fill up while getting a whole bunch of vitamins and none of the next-day guilt and remorse. Calories: Ca. 100 kcal per serving
Source: Fit for Fun
Mare Storm came to Munich from Amsterdam, in 2005, to be with the love of her life. She wishes LMBB would have been there in the first difficult years she spent here. Two daughters and 11 years later she’s fully integrated. Her goal now is to help others find their way in Munich! Being fit and healthy is at the core of her lifestyle and she’s happy to show you around Munich’s fitness jungle. As one of the ‘older’ LMBB members, she shares lifestyle tips for the more “mature” moms out there.
Feature image by Alexas Fotos
Ofenkartoffel image by Stefan Muth
Beer and fruit salad images by Loralee Photography — Hailing from sunny Florida, Loralee is an English & Spanish speaking family & children photographer who enjoys capturing bright colors, big smiles & childhood memories. She is a Munich resident since 2015 and mom to one very cute little girl. Find her work at Loralee Photography.