I must admit that I don’t know enough about Passover. In fact, I don’t know much about Passover at all, except that it’s a springtime Jewish holiday that usually falls somewhere around Easter, and that when Passover arrives, the hideous street parking situation in my New York City neighborhood improves tremendously. I was raised Catholic and attended eight years of Catholic grammar school, four years of Catholic high school, and four years at a Jesuit university. Sue me. And because, as an adult, I became a good lapsed Catholic, I can barely remember what I’m theoretically supposed to eat and not eat during Lent leading up to Easter. (Something about no meat on Fridays, and maybe giving up chocolate or booze for a month. Then you get to break out the Paas Easter Egg Dye kit on Saturday, and gorge yourself on candy on Easter Sunday — after Mass, of course. Thank you, Jesus!) However, I do know that Passover involves food (and a lot of it). And, because I run a health and wellness website, I wondered if there were any particularly healthy Passover foods in which one might indulge throughout the week. (And they have to taste good.) So I asked our resident nutritionist and Fearless Foodtrainer, Lauren Slayton, if she had any diet-friendly Passover tricks up her sleeve. Turns out, she came up with ten, and none of them even slightly resemble the creme-filled chocolate eggs I used to devour as a kid on Easter Sunday (after kicking ass in the annual egg hunt, I’ll have you know).
Here’s what Lauren had to say:
I help clients of all religions adapt their food plans for various holidays. After all, at Foodtrainers we view holidays as weight-loss opportunities. Passover started Monday at sundown, and those who attended seder meals Monday or Tuesday you may find themselves “unbuttoning” today, bloated and discouraged. Matzo (a.k.a. intestinal mortar) simply isn’t a friend to the digestive system. Non-Jewish readers may want to consider “keeping Passover” by having an “unleavened” week free from barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt, which isn’t a bad idea, either — digestively speaking.
So, regardless of your religious beliefs, click through our gallery of ten healthy, diet-friendly Passover snacks that you can enjoy all year long: