Staying Healthy During Carnival Season

Mardi Gras means many things for New Orleans residents, and just like a lot of holidays, food plays a major role in the celebration. From po’boys to moon pies, how can you make healthy choices during this tempting time?

We’re here to tell you, it’s ok to indulge from time to time. You just have to find the right balance. So grab that slice of Chef Albert’s king cake you’ve been eying in the Orleans Room and use these tips while you are out on the parade route.

What’s In a King Cake?

The traditional form of the cake is made from twisted cinnamon dough, and covered with icing and purple, green and gold sugar. All throughout the city you can find many variations of this cake with many different fillings available. Start taste testing to find you favorite filling!

King Cake Fun Facts

Everything that revolves around this joyous time is based on tradition, even the cake! This delicious oval shaped dessert symbolizes the unity of faiths. Its colors of purple, green and gold even have a meaning. The purple represents justice; green is faith; and gold is for power.

The baby in the King Cake? It represents baby Jesus, and it’s hidden for a reason as well.  It represents the biblical time, where people “searched for the baby,” and of course adds excitement. King Cakes are traditionally baked to honor the three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus.

Watch out! Whoever gets the slice of King Cake with the baby inside or under it has to buy the next King Cake!

The Skinny on King Cake

Going for a six-inch slice of king cake (length of a dollar bill)? Know that you’re consuming 600 calories and 90 grams of sugar carbs. Burn it off by walking the parade route for two hours.

That three-inch slice (approximately the width of an iPhone) you enjoyed was about 300 calories and 45 grams of sugar carbs. It will cost you 90 minutes of catching beads.

Just grabbing a one-inch slice (diameter of a quarter) on your way out? To burn off those 100 calories and 15 grams of sugar carbs you’ll need to spend 30 minutes setting up camp on the parade route.

Did you know you could pick up a whole king cake in the market for just $7.99? If you’re looking for something more filling to keep you energized during this time, make sure to stop at The Market, located in the Danna Center Food Court, to pick up some parade friendly meals. We have a variety of different sandwiches, wraps and salads to cover all your cravings, and get you through all the parades!


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