News Roundup: How to Have a Healthier Mardi Gras

 

It’s that time of year again. Yes, Mardi Gras time! The time of year that is associated with parades, carnival masks, purple, green, and gold. 

 

For some, it’s all about the food. From frosted king cakes to deep fried beignets, Mardi Gras is not known for its abundance of healthy food.

 

This week’s News Roundup brings you a collection of articles and blog posts discussing tips for eating healthier while celebrating Mardi Gras. 

 

Healthy(er) fare along the Mardi Gras parade route? Yes, it's true. NOLA.com.   “Craving Middle Eastern flavors? Their Grilled Chicken Gyro is a leaner alternative to the traditional gyro - again, for those looking to cut carbs or just shave a few calories in general, you can forgo the bread and opt for just the tzatziki sauce.”

 

Recipe Wednesday: Holly Clegg's King Cake! The Redstick Blog.  “One of my favorite Louisiana traditions is Mardi Gras – more specifically the king cake! Now, you can make this quick king cake recipe in your own home, without worrying about a complicated yeast dough - using crescent rolls. When I shared this recipe, the kids absolutely loved helping make the cake. The only thing easier is ordering it from your bakery and this version is so much better for you!” 

 

Healthy Mardi Gras Recipes and Menus. Eating Well. "Our perfect-for-a-dinner-party recipes are low in calories and celebrate the colors of Mardi Gras: purple, green and gold. These hues traditionally symbolize justice, faith and power, respectively. To us, they also reflect nutrients galore. Gold-tinged produce provides beta carotene. Those green vegetables deliver folate and lutein, a phytochemical linked with healthy vision. “Red” (or purple!) fruits and vegetables can be rich in anthocyanins, antioxidants that may prevent age-related cognitive decline, and flavonoids, antioxidants that help keep blood vessels healthy."

 

Guilt-free king cake and king cake swap-outs.  NOLA.com. “Be aware when it comes to advertising and marketing claims, even by our local bake shops. Some of the allergen-friendly bakeries and restaurants that we checked out have king cakes that — on first impression from the "clean" ingredient list — looked like fabulous options, but turned out to be crammed with more calories and added sugar than a "regular" king cake.”

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