Rosh Hashana

Food is an important part of all holidays, especially Rosh Hashana. How can we enjoy the holiday food and still be health-conscious and careful of what we eat?

Here are a few tips for eating healthy during Rosh Hashana and avoiding those extra kilograms:
  • On the day before the holiday starts, pay attention to what you are eating - but don't starve yourselves! Eat a light, yogurt and fruit based breakfast, with light bread, salad and light cheeses.
  • The first course of the meal should be a vegetable dish. Avoid fried foods such as fried fish or bourekas.
  • Avoid high-calorie, sweet drinks - drink water instead.
  • Try not to eat too much challah - one thin piece should be enough.
  • Dessert can be something with fresh fruit.
Here's a sample holiday meal that doesn't exceed 1,000 calories:
  • 1 glass of wine (red or white) - 100 calories
  • 1 slice of challah - 100 calories
  • 1 serving of vegetable salad (not including hummus, tahini or fried salads) - 200 calories
  • 1 bowl of vegetable or clear chicken soup (no noodles or matzo balls) - 50 calories
  • 1 small serving of fish (not fried) - 50 calories
  • 1 serving of chicken (1/4 chicken) or meat (100 grams without fat) - 200 calories
  • 2-3 tablespoons rice or potatoes - 100 calories
  • fruit or small piece of cake- 100 calories
** The special foods that we eat on Rosh Hashana add an extra 300-400 calories to the meal.