This Passover, Don’t Skip Meals

Here are some tips to get through Passover this year. First and foremost, Don’t skip meals – especially right before the Seder. Make sure you eat a healthy breakfast and a light meal before the Seder.  Remember: you will not eat your Pesach meal until late, and if you are very hungry, you may overeat at the Seder meal and/or nibble on too much matzah.

Additionally, it is always important to count your calories, and Pesach is no exception. Here are some basic exchanges between chametz items and Pesach staples, along with a great recipe for charoses, both courtesy of certified nutritionist Elisheva Rosenberg.

Exchanges

  •  1 square matzo                                          2 breads
  • 1 round matzo                                            3 breads
  • 2 Tablespoons of matzo cake meal          3 breads
  • 2 Tablespoons matzo meal                        3 breads

Matzo Brei

  • 1 matzo                                                       2 breads
  • 1 egg                                                           1 protein portion
  • 1 tsp healthy oil/butter                                 1 fat
  • 5 oz. of Wine                                               125 calories

Charoses (Serves 6)

  •  2 grated red apples
  • 10 chopped walnuts
  • 1 heaped tsp. of honey
  • 1 grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet red wine to bind
  • Mix all ingredients together

Acharei HaChagim…  How many times do we hear that phrase during the year? If you want to plan something for after the Chagim now, set up an appointment for a lifestyle, health and fitness assessment. No more excuses! Plan now so that after Pesach, you are committed and ready to take on a program that can change your health and change your life! (Please click here to set up your appointment.)

This is a time of year in which to be joyful and happy, and to celebrate together with our families. We need not create more stress in our lives than we already have. Instead of saying “After Pesach”, resolve to get started with good and healthful habits right now. Watching serving sizes, eating healthful choices, and staying as active as possible over the Pesach holiday are all ways to “add hours to your day, days to your year and years to your life.”

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