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Did you know? Mardi Gras edition

February 12, 2013

Happy Mardi Gras! If you are planning to celebrate, read through our tips, tricks & astounding facts regarding the holiday.

Did you know:

  • The traditional Mardi Gras colors purple, gold, and green, symbolize justice, power, and faith?
Also, the customary mask-wearing began as a way of protecting oneself from spirits/the devil.

Also, the customary mask-wearing began as a way of protecting oneself from spirits/the devil.

  • That a recent study indicates that people become intoxicated more quickly if they consume mixed drinks made with diet soda rather than regular soda?
Beware the diet soda

Beware the diet soda

  • The name “Mardi Gras” comes from France, and literally translates to “Fat Tuesday?”
The name of this celebration itself is warning you to watch those calories!

The name of this celebration itself is warning you to watch those calories!

  • The delicious polish pastry the paczki can possess almost 1/4 of your daily caloric intake, and over 1/4 of your daily recommended fat intake?
So delicious. So many calories.

So delicious. So many calories.

  • Mardi Gras is actually the last day of a carnival season that begins on the Twelfth Night (January 5th)?
carnival

It is also customary to wear costumes during carnival.

  • Crawfish might be healthier than you think?

Crawfish are low in saturated fat, high in protein, and might possess amino acids that help stimulate your brain.

  • …but that doesn’t mean crawfish are healthy?

Unfortunately, they are also high in cholesterol, and often get dipped in butter.

To eat?Or not to eat? That is the question...

To eat?Or not to eat? That is the question…

  • The bead necklaces often brought to mind around this time first became associated with Mardi Gras in 1920, when the Rex krewe threw glass bead necklaces from their float in the large New Orleans parade.
Most people receive their beads from parade floats; the "flashing for beads" events tend to happen in the French quarter.

Most people receive their beads from parade floats; the “flashing for beads” events tend to happen in the French quarter.

  • The Hurricane mixed-drink is low in carbohydrate and fat content, but high in calories?

If you are going to be drinking alcoholic drinks with hard liquor, there are a few things to keep in mind:

*Hard liquors are fairly low in calories, but you need to be careful with mixed drinks. Depending on what the liquor is mixed with, the drink can quickly become high in calories and sugar.

*It is a good idea to drink a glass of water between drinks, helping you stay hydrated, preventing you from consuming as many calories, as well as averting over-intoxication.

Too many hurricanes = too many calories

Too many hurricanes = too many calories

We hope you found these trivia, tips and tricks helpful! And as they say in New Orleans:

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