A Healthy Twist on Traditional Hanukkah Foods
Released: 12/2/2021 6:00:00 AM
Happy Hanukkah from the Kaleida Health nutrition team! Here are some tips to give some traditional Hanukkah foods a healthy twist:
- Frying is an important part of traditional foods on Hannukah from potato latkes to jelly donuts. Frying can add a lot of extra calories as the food absorbs the oils as they fry. If you do fry, choose oils with high smoke points such as avocado, peanut, canola, or sunflower oils to protect the flavor of the food as well as prevent the oil from producing harmful compounds.
- Try baking your potato latkes instead of frying with just a drizzle of oil for that extra delicious flavor.
- Substitute non-fat or low-fat Greek yogurt for sour cream with your latkes. Greek yogurt provides less fat and cholesterol, and more protein, calcium, and probiotics.
- Store bought applesauce can have a lot of added sugar and preservatives. Make your own applesauce at home and cut back on some of the added sugar and add a little more cinnamon.
- Add some extra nutrients to the Hanukkah meal by adding more veggies. A great way to do this is substituting riced cauliflower for potatoes in a healthy version of Cauliflower Latkes from Abbey's Kitchen.
Wishing you and your family a joyous festival of lights!