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March 24, 2013

Passover Survival Tips

Filed under: By Tamra Rosenfeld — Administrator @ 10:07 pm

Tamra Rosenfeld Tamra Rosenfeld

Eating healthy during Passover can be a challenge. At a typical Passover Seder including wine you can rack up over 3000 calories if you’re not careful!! Passover desserts and sides have more calories than normal due to the density of being unleavened. If you are strict with a Passover diet you are limited to only the kosher for Passover foods available. As a result you may have less low fat, low calorie items than you would throughout the year. In addition, eating unleavened bread for 8 days can be very bloating and constipating. Here are some tips to avoid the Passover weight gain and discomfort.

  • Eat a light breakfast such as yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit, or an egg white
    omelet with vegetables.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The high fiber and water content will help
    with satiety and bloating.
  • Drink 8-12 glasses of water a day. Water will help the digestive process,
    minimize constipation, and help with satiety.
  • Choose whole wheat matzo and whole wheat matzo meal. When reading labels
    look for items with 5-6+ grams fiber per serving.
  • Limit the sides. They are usually high in calories, fat, and carbohydrates. Stick
    with vegetables and lean meats.
  • Limit the Passover desserts (they never taste as good as they look and are very
    dense and loaded in calories).
  • Avoid having macaroons and chocolate covered matzo in your home. These
    items are too easy to eat lots of. Macaroons are made from coconut which is high
    in unhealthy saturated fat.
  • Eat plenty of low fat dairy such as yogurt, low fat milk, low fat cottage cheese or
    sour cream.
  • Choose lean meats such as skinless chicken, turkey, and fish. Limit the brisket to
    Seders only.
  • Get plenty of exercise to help minimize weight gain.

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