Sunday, March 29, 2009

Pesach Food-- Lots More Than Potatoes And Matzah

You don't have to gain weight on Passover. There is no mitzvah to prepare fattening, starch-laden food. You can stick to your diet and even lose weight.

Unless you've scheduled some long hikes and lots of exercise, I wouldn't bother reading about how to cook low calorie potato recipes. Everything I've read about potatoes stress that it contains one of the worst types of carbohydrates for dieters and diabetics.

There are so many permitted on Passover vegetables, which aren't starchy. Most squash and zucchini are fine, and even the starchier winter squashes, like pumpkin can be eaten in moderation and twice the quantity of white potatoes, according to most diets.

Have a large salad with each meal, instead of kugel. Fill it with lettuce, peppers, tomatoes and cucumbers.

Make sure that your soup is full of more carrots than kneidelach.

And, of course, don't forget to take walks to keep your metabolism going. If there are young kids at the Holiday meals, get up and dance to the songs you sing at the table.

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