Although Purim is only one day long, many dieters - or people who are just careful with their intake during the year - have a hard time on this day.
We’ve compiled a list of tips and some healthier hamantashen recipes to help you get through it successfully! Remember, the goal over Yom Tov is just to stay the same. We don’t expect you to lose, just try not to gain.
If you receive one that contains chips, sugary snacks, and/or commercialized juices, either re-gift it or donate the items to people in need. Do not see it as an excuse to consume any of these items, as it will probably not end with “just one”; there will be many more, and once you start eating, you will likely crave sugar and have a hard time stopping.
If you are hosting a party, there is nothing wrong with providing your guests with healthy choices. Try serving freshly squeezed juices instead of soda, whole wheat dinner rolls instead of regular ones, oven cooked chicken instead of fried chicken, and dressing on the side for the salads.
Parties not hosted by you:
If you are going to a party hosted by your neighbor, friend, or even at your local shul, try your best to find out what is going to be served and prepare accordingly. If the choices are not the best, try eating at home first so that when you get to the party, you won’t eat as much. You can also try bringing some healthy snacks with you such as almonds, walnuts or raisins. Think of it as your very own fruit and nut mix.
Wine and drinking:
Purim is the holiday of wine drinking, but be mindful of how much alcohol you are consuming. Just 4 ounces of red wine have 100 calories. Imagine if you drink three cups (8 ounces each), you will consume 600 calories from wine alone!
I realize that hamantashen are traditional on Purim, but that doesn’t mean you have to consume dozens of them. One or two will satisfy the taste buds without contributing too many calories.
See the recepie on page 60 >>>
Alice Harrosh, Alice Harrosh is a Nutrition Counselor and Manager at Nutrition by Tanya, with 12 locations, including one on Main street in Queens! Alice knows that making healthy choices is not always easy, as she has been through the struggle herself. As an optimistic person, Alice’s favorite quote is: “It’s never too late to start eating better. If you have a bad morning, make it a better afternoon.” For more information on Nutrition by Tanya or the TAP (Tanya-approved products) food line, please visit www.nutritionbytanya.com or call 844-Tanya-Diet (844-826-9234). For daily tips and inspiration, you may follow @nutritionbytanya on Instagram.