Nutrition Notes

Nutrition Notes

By Alice Harrosh

Dear Alice,

I am not losing weight as well as I had hoped. I don’t keep a food log but have been pretty much on plan for the past two weeks and haven’t lost a single pound. Would you recommend that I cut out one of my snacks and replace it with a fruit? The Nugo bars that I have been eating, because they are on your plan, have almost 200 calories in them!


Unsure What to Eliminate

Dear Unsure,

I find that in general, people tend to point the finger in the wrong direction when dieting. For example, so many people go on extreme diets when in fact it was basics like challah, kugel, cake, and dips that made them gain the weight.

Without a food log I can’t be sure, but I would imagine that before taking away a delicious, filling snack that you look forward to each day, double check to make sure that there isn’t a better place to reduce.

For example, if you are eating one extra slice of challah per Shabbos meal, or a few tablespoons of extra dip, or perhaps not measuring your dinner starch carefully, that would be enough to stall your weight loss. Rather than cutting out your snack, start by keeping a very specific food log, with all the details and little bites. See if there are any extras that can be cut, and this will restart your weight loss without taking away your snack.

Best of luck,



Delicious Chocolate brownies

  • 10 Medjool dates
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • ¼ cup peanut butter powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup cocoa
  • Truvia, to taste
  • ¼ cup sugar-free chocolate chips

Mix everything together and place into a glass Pyrex (8×8-inch) over parchment paper. Bake at 325°F for 30-40 minutes. Divide into eight squares; count one square as a snack.

Alice Harrosh, is a nutrition counselor and manager at Nutrition by Tanya, with 10 locations plus a brand-new one 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 or call 844-Tanya-Diet (844-826-9234). For daily tips and inspiration, you may follow @nutritionbytanya on Instagram.