Passover Guidelines to Eating Healthy

passover guidelines, passover foodWhen we think of holidays, we think of food. Food is the best part of holidays, and Passover is no exception to this! Herald Square Dental wants to make sure you’re eating healthy and tooth-friendly foods this Passover.

Matzo is the main staple food for Passover, and there does exist healthier alternatives! One Matzo contains the equivalent of two slices of bread. Before you go heavy on the Matzo, you may want to consider buying a light Matzo, which contains 2/3 the calories of regular Matzo.

That being said, there are a lot of healthy food options for Passover. Here’s some healthy Passover foods to eat:

  • Light meats such as chicken or turkey
  • Gefilte fish
  • Eggs
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Sweet potatoes or yams
  • Light Matzo
  • Nuts
  • Olive or grape seed oil and vinegar
  • Greek yogurt

As well as some Passover foods to stay away from in order to continue your healthy eating:

  • Cheddar cheese
  • Potato latkes

While you can take the steps to make sure you’re having a healthy Passover, foods related to Passover are healthy in general. Eggs, Chicken Matzo Ball Soup, Gefilte Fish, Horseradish, and wine all have their added health benefits. Eggs are a good source of protein and have Vitamin A and D. Chicken Matzo Ball Soup contains chicken stock and vegetables, which are also high in protein and vitamins. Gefilte fish contains protein and vitamins and minerals such as zinc and potassium. Horseradish, another staple food item for Passover, is a low caloric food and contains vitamin C, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Lastly, the wine! Red wine is known to have added benefits for your circulatory system, in minimum amounts of course.

While you’re eating healthy for Passover, you can also make other healthy decisions. Take a walk with your family and/or friends after a heavy meal, or just because! A short walk around could be the perfect opportunity to appreciate the people that are close to you and get some exercise while you’re at it.