Spring is in the air and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve never adapted to the cold New England winter since moving here from Cali. But spring…flowers blooming, grass turning green, warmer temps. After hibernating all winter, spring is all things outdoors. Spring is also Passover. To me, Passover is the ultimate renewal holiday. It’s the perfect time to “clean house” spiritually as well as physically. In the story of Passover, the Jews are liberated from slavery. I use the time leading up to the holiday to think about ways that I have become enslaved to my life. I like to read through the Hagaddah as if I were emerging from slavery. Shedding those things that no longer serve me. Perhaps the way you’ve been eating isn’t serving you and you’d like to clean it up. Healthy Passover Recipes is a good place to start.
Last year I posted a recipe roundup just before the holiday and so many reached out to tell me how helpful that was. I just read through that post and there are so many tips there that are useful, I would suggest using that post in conjunction with this Healthy Passover Recipes for some well rounded inspo. Both roundups are full of ideas to bring more health into your holiday, and I tried not to repeat too much….but seriously, it wouldn’t be Passover without this Strawberry Pie, so it had to be included in both posts. (along with a couple other desserts).
This deserves an entire section. Matza tends to be binding…meaning constipation for many during the holiday. Most of the foods served during the holiday don’t help much. I’m here to remind you that eating foods that are rich in fiber, including leafy greens and other raw veggies will help you stay regular. My advice is to serve a fresh salad at EVERY meal. The easiest way to accomplish this is to make a variety of healthy dressings and store them in the fridge in glass jars. Then, you can use whatever raw veggies/greens you have and always make something different and tasty and call it salad. Throw in some left over cooked veggies or chopped nuts to add variety.
These dressing suggestions are all part of recipes that include a salad that may or may not be kosher for passover…I’m sending you there to grab the dressing recipe, so focus on that.
Cauliflower Rice is a great way to fill up without filling out. With the illusion of rice, it is satisfying while being low on calories, low on the glycemic index and nutrient dense. These are a few of my favorite Cauli-Rice recipes:
Cauli-Rice with Asparagus (This one has a couple ingredients to modify—clearly spelled out in the recipe—to adapt for Passover. )
Potato Kugel isn’t the only easy answer:
Also see Passover Recipe Roundup for additional soup ideas.
HEALTHY PASSOVER DESSERT RECIPES:
What can I say? I love dessert, as much as the next guy……but I don’t always like the way I feel after indulging in refined sugars and oils. I’m a firm believer in figuring it out. It’s possible to have super tasty desserts that satisfy that sweet tooth without compromising on those ideals. Here are a few recipes that you can feel good about eating AND are kosher for passover.
A healthy breakfast can be tricky during passover…it’s so easy to slip into the easy Matza with cream cheese option. Think ahead and make a few healthy things that will be just as easy. Or throw together a smoothie that is loaded with greens—-remember the easiest way to avoid becoming constipated from all the Matza is by drinking plenty of water and eating an abundance of fresh produce.
Double chocolate muffins (yes…a healthy option with protein, fiber and great taste!)
Whatever you decide to serve at your Seder and throughout Passover, I wish you an abundance of good food, good company and a sweet holiday filled with meaning and tradition.