No matter how you celebrate Mardi Gras, high-calorie food is sure to be a part of the festivities. The real question is how to have fun without sabotaging your body and your health. I know it sounds challenging, but it is doable.
Here are a few ideas for you and your kiddos:
1. Bring healthy dishes like the one below.
2. Make a healthy breakfast, including a protein. (e.g. eggs). Proteins help fight hunger by stabilizing blood sugar.
3. Load your plate with healthy options first. Choose lots of veggies and lean proteins.
4. Be mindful of your food. Think about where your food came from and all the work that many people did so that you can enjoy this food. Smell and delight in your food, chewing it and enjoying the many tastes and textures. With this awareness, you will eat less because you are more present of what you are consuming.
Here is a healthy dish for your Mardi Gras event.
Decadent Baked Apple Surprise
6 large baking apples
2 cups water
½ cup of almond slices
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Core apples and place in baking pan. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and place 2 cups of water in the bottom of the pan. Bake at 325°F for 2 hours or until apples are tender.
Here’s to your health!