What to eat for Mardi Gras? Southern Classics

Mardi Gras events are brightening up Louisiana nursing jobs this February 12. Revelers in the Big Easy and all over the United States are taking their cues from New Orleans' purple, green and gold pageantry -- not to mention lots of legendary great food -- that comes just before Lent. Healthy Careers is here to offer up a classic N’Awlins dish that's so kind to the waist line, you’ll forget it's Fat Tuesday!

Super Healthy Red Beans & Rice Made the Old Fashioned Way!

For those travel nurses who aren’t vacationing in the French Quarter right now, there's still ample opportunity to enjoy a cozy dinner at home that pays homage to Mardi Gras. Louisiana Style Red Beans and Rice was a staple for New Orleans' residents back in the day when there was a designated "laundry day." Since homemakers were busy with the laundry all day, the main meal needed to be something easy -- something that didn't have to be cooked under a watchful eye. This version of red beans and rice uses brown rice in place of white, and turkey sausage that is much lower in caloric content than the traditional pork-filled Andouille.

Choose Brown Rice -- It's Better for You! 

Since healthy careers are about being thoughtful with your nutritional choices, these are just a few reasons to make the switch to brown rice whenever you're doing stir-fry's or rice bowls.

  • Harvard researchers found that by eating just 50 grams of brown rice a day, the risk of type 2 diabetes can be lowered by 16 percent. They (Harvard) also found that women who incorporate whole grains, such as brown rice, into their diet were more likely to maintain a healthy body weight.
  • Brown rice supplies 14 percent of the recommended daily value for fiber, an important nutrient that protects against colon cancer and breast cancer.
  • One cup of brown rice contains 88 percent of the recommended daily value of manganese, a nutrient that plays an important part in fighting free radicals.
  • The oil in brown rice has been shown to lower levels of LDL cholesterol, also known as "bad cholesterol", by up to seven percent.
  • Studies have shown that brown rice can have many cardiovascular benefits for postmenopausal women, including slowing plaque build-up in the arteries.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties found in brown rice are as plentiful as they are in fruits and veggies.
  • Brown rice is a good source of magnesium, a mineral that is essential to bone health. Just one cup of brown rice contains 21 percent of the recommended daily value of magnesium.

Wishing You a Grand Mardi Gras and Reminding You About Healthy Careers’ Ongoing Contest!

Mardi Gras, with its colors that celebrate Justice, Faith and Power is a wonderful time to rev up your efforts to live a healthier lifestyle. Not taking advantage of healthy career advice, in addition to all the other perks a nursing career provides is like throwing out the baby with the King Cake. Feel free to leave a comment about what you enjoyed this Mardi Gras, or better yet submit a recipe to the Healthy Careers Recipe Contest before it’s too late. Have an amazing Mardi Gras, everyone!

Footnote: The information presented about brown rice was taken from an article about brown rice’s health benefits on symptomfind.com.    

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