Bad news: There’s no such thing as a healthy King Cake recipe for Mardi Gras. Vegan King Cake recipes are easy to find, and I even found a blogger who’s mastered a gluten-free King Cake. You can eat your cake and have your dietary restrictions, too, but you just can’t have a cake–or celebrate FAT TUESDAY–with a dessert that’s anything but a totally gluttonous, bad-for-you blend of sugar, fat and food coloring. More
Topic: Fat Tuesday
It’s Mardi Gras, and we’re all for partying (moderately) but we also don’t want Fat Tuesday to become Bloated Wednesday. To kick off Lent with a bang, instead of a sugar-laced hangover and hundreds of extra calories to burn, check out our healthy modifications of these seven Mardi Gras cocktails More
Mardi Gras may be fun, and giving up chocolate for Lent might be virtuous, but I say it’s all bad for you. I have nothing against New Orleans, nor am I calling out the weight or health of Louisianians, but Fat Tuesday is making us fat, and so are all the other holidays that celebrate a binge-and-purge mentality.
Most people who celebrate Fat Tuesday are probably in it for the beads, beer, and bingeing; not the 40 days of sacrifice that follow. But even if you could care less about tonight’s revelry or tomorrow’s start to fasting, you’ve probably participated in a similar tradition: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are like the trilogy behind America’s perverse relationship with indulgence and penance. We love to work hard then play hard, eat hard then diet hard, and then we like to justify our bipolar behavior by talking about how we’ve found “balance.” But toggling back and forth between extremes isn’t healthy, balanced, or sane. (And it’s more than likely going to make you look and feel like shit, too.) More