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

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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!

The Benefits of Family Meals
Family dinners are more than memorable. Find out how they benefit your health.

More Healthy Hanukkah Recipes

Keep the tradition and hold the fat with 30-Calorie Cheesecake Bites.

Check out these amazingly healthy Fritter Recipes!

The family secret is out! Try a new Kugel recipe this year.

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

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Thank goodness for "fat free" sour cream, let's have some applause for that product!! Report
My new DIL is Jewish, so my son has been enjoying a lot of new traditions since they got married in August. Report
I'm not fond of baked latkes, but I cook mine with less oil, and drain them well. Low-fat Greek yogurt subs for sour cream, and no-sugar applesauce is the only way to go.

I LOVE Chanukah!!!!! Report
Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate! I think this article is nice. It would be great if we could have more articles adapting culturally traditional foods into more healthy options. We are trying to do this at the agency I work for, which serves Latinos. The more information people can have about how to maintain their traditions without sacrificing their health, the better. Report
This year, we made sufganiyot "holes" instead of the traditional donuts. Just a few did the trick. We also made our latkes smaller and ate smaller portions. The rest of the food we sent home with my mother, so there are no tempting leftovers either. Report
To those that observe it: Happy Channukah! Report
great thanks i printed a few of them off.. Report
Happy Channukah. Report
Sounds yummy, can't wait to try the recipe. Report
lookforward to trying this recipe Report
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