Healthy Hanukkah Tips: A Lighter Take on the Festival of Lights

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12/1/2010 10:00 AM   :  10 comments   :  9,150 Views

The miracle of oil is celebrated each day of Hanukkah by cooking a variety of foods in cooking oil, including latkes (grated potato cakes) and sufganiyot (donuts). While certain oils are a healthy addition to a balanced diet, other oils offer greater risks to your health. Beyond that, we all know that oil is high in fat—and therefore calories—meaning that even a small amount can put you over your calorie needs for the day.

Hanukkah, which begins tonight at sundown, is a time of joy, family celebration, and fun, traditional foods, but you don't need to skip out on your favorite traditions in order to watch your waistline. Although Hanukkah foods can represent serious temptation for anyone, following these tips will help you succeed instead of "starting over" after the New Year.

Healthy Hanukkah Food Ideas


Hanukkah Survival Guide
See how the calories add up in traditional Hanukkah fare, and learn how to slim down your recipes without sacrificing taste or tradition. Have a Happy and Healthy Hanukkah!

A Healthier Chicken Noodle Soup
Perfect for cold winter nights, this savory soup also boasts whole-wheat pasta and low-sodium broth with an unexpected hint of spice. Make Gingery Chicken Noodle Soup tonight!

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What is your favorite Hanukkah tradition? Do you try to cook and/or eat healthier during Hanukkah?

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