Love it, Like it, Hate it: Mardi Gras Parade Route Food

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If you just go to one or two parades, what you eat and drink along the route really won’t make or break things, nutritionally speaking.  But if you’re one to party it up all Carnival season long, having a food and drink plan in place is key to avoiding a truly Fat Tuesday.  Today we’re Getting the Skinny with Molly on the top picks and worst best of parade route fare!



 BYO:  Protein  Bars, String Cheese, Beef Jerky – plan ahead and bring snacks to the parades

Fried chicken, skin & breading removed. It really can be a decent option, as long as the skin and breading is removed.

 La Cocinita Food Truck chicken tacos, burri-tacos that can be made with whole corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas, and brown rice bowls with topping options like chicken, black beans, and roasted sweet potatoes.



 Jumbo peanuts – only if split between two or more people

Per bag, most varieties have more than 750 calories!


Crêpes à la Cart – can request light on the cheese

Chicken & cheese, Ham & cheese, and Tomato, basil & mozzarella




Foot-long hot dog or Polish sausage dog with onions and peppers

745 calories – 50 grams fat – 14 grams saturated fat – 1500 mg sodium – 50 grams carbs


Funnel Cake

825 calories – 46 grams fat – 5.5 grams sat fat – 95 g carbohydrates – 39 g sugar