It's Carnival Time: King Cake Swap Outs

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Even a small slice of king cake has more than 300 sugary calories, and many of us have trouble keeping those slices ‘moderate’. If king cake is one of your weaknesses during Carnival season, we’ve got a couple ways to help satisfy your cravings for a fraction of the calories, each available from locally-owned New Orleans companies. Try satisfying that appetite without sacrificing the taste!

1. The Green Fork King Cake (cinnamon or blueberry)

The Green Fork King Cake is paleo, gluten free and low in sugar. Ingredients include bananas, eggs, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flour, stevia, small amount maple syrup and sprinkles made with all-natural colors.

Per serving (16 servings per cake)

  • 120 calories
  • 11 grams carbs
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 6 grams sugar (less than a teaspoon of naturally-occuring fruit sugar)

2. Breads on Oak Original King Cake

Breads on Oak offers a dairy free and low sugar option. Ingredients include white and whole grain flour, canola oil, unsweetened almond milk and Earth Balance.

Per serving (12-14 servings per cake)

  • 160 calories
  • 22 grams carbs
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 5 grams sugar (less than a teaspoon of naturally-occuring fruit sugar)

3. Sucre 15 Piece Mardi Gras Macaron Collection

Per macaron

  • 65 calories
  • 13 grams carbs
  • 5.5 grams sugar

4. PJ’s King Cake Coffee

Available iced or hot in-store, or packaged to brew at home. PJ’s also offers the King Cake Latte with Sugar Free Syrup, and starting Jan. 23, King Cake single-cup Keurig coffees!

Per cup

  • 8 calories
  • 0 carbs
  • 0 sugar

5. King Cake-Flavored Vodka by Pinnacle, Taaka & Lucky Player
Let’s be clear, we’re not saying it’s ‘good’ for you, but it does have 100 calories per serving. And keep in mind that ‘moderate’ intake is no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. Mix with a no-sugar mixer, i.e. water or club soda, to keep serving size in check.

Per 1.5 ounces

  • 100 cals
  • 0 carbs
  • 0 sugar

6. Smoothie King "King Cake Smoothies"

The King Cake smoothie is available with Smoothie King’s proprietary Gladiator® Protein and includes almond milk, bananas, ground cinnamon, almond and vanilla extract. The Gladiator version is high in protein, Vitamins A, C, D, E and B-12 and is a good source of fiber.

King Cake - Gladiator® Protein Version
Per serving (20 oz. cup)

  • 49g of protein
  • 350 calories
  • 23g of sugar
  • 3g of fiber

More about this “Get the Skinny” segment from Molly Kimball on WGNO!

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