web analytics
October 24, 2014 / 30 Tishri, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



Purim Diet Survival Guide


Tanya-031414

Although Purim is only one day long, many dieters or people who are just careful with their intake during the year have a hard time on this day.  Below are some tips to help you get through it successfully.

Mishloach Manos: If you receive one that contains chips, sugary snacks and commercialized juices, either re-gift it or donate the items to people in need. Do not see it as an excuse to consume any of these items as it will probably not end at “just one” – there will be many more, and once you start eating you will likely crave sugar and have a hard time stopping.

             Menu Planning: If you are hosting a party, there is nothing wrong with providing your guests with healthy choices. Try serving freshly squeezed juices instead of sodas, whole wheat dinner rolls instead of regular ones, oven-cooked chicken instead of fried and dressings on the side for the freshly prepared salads.

             Parties not hosted by you:  If you are going to a party at a neighbor, friend or even at your local shul, try your best to find out what is going to be served and prepare accordingly. If the choices are not the best, try eating at home so that when you get to the party, you won’t eat as much. You can also try bringing some healthy snacks with you – almonds, walnuts or raisins. Think of it as your very own fruit and nut mix.

             Wine drinking: Purim is the holiday of wine drinking, but be mindful of how much alcohol you are consuming – 4 oz. of red wine has 100 calories.  Just imagine if you drink three cups – you will consume 600 calories from wine alone!

             Hamentaschen: I realize that the hamentaschen are traditional on Purim, but that doesn’t mean you have to consume dozens of them. One or two will satisfy the taste buds without contributing too many calories. I suggest consuming them late in the day, so you spend the whole day craving them. A recipe for a lower calorie version of hamentaschen is below.

Have a happy and healthy Purim!

 

59 calorie each Hamentasshen

Ingredients for filling

¾ cup pitted prunes
1/3 cup raisins
½ cup water
1/3 cup coarsely chopped apple
¼ cup walnut pieces
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest

Ingredients for cookie dough

½ cup sugar
¼ cup canola oil
2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch of salt

Directions

To make filling:

Combine prunes, raisins and water in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat until the prunes are tender but still firm and liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Combine the prune mixture, apples, walnuts, sugar, lemon juice and zest in a food processor; process until smooth. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

To make cookies: Beat sugar, oil and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a medium bowl until smooth. Add egg and beat until smooth. Add vanilla and beat until blended. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt in another medium bowl. Using a wooden spoon, stir the dry ingredients into the sugar mixture until just combined. Gather the dough together into a ball, wrap with plastic wrap and flatten slightly. Refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

Preheat oven to 350° F. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment or coat with nonstick cooking spray.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Purim Diet Survival Guide”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Do you know where your vegetables grow?
Not So Kosher Shemittah L’Mehadrin
Latest Sections Stories
Nimchinsky-102414-Flag

This past summer was a powerful one for the Jewish people. I will always remember where I was on June 12th when I found out that Gilad, Eyal and Naftali were kidnapped. I will always remember the look on my sister’s face on June 30th when she told me that they were found. I will […]

Schonfeld-logo1

Avromi often put other people’s interests before his own: he would not defend people whom he believed were guilty (even if they were willing to pay him a lot of money).

Kupfer-102414

The Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel.

How can I help my wife learn to say “no,” and understand that her first priority must be her husband and family?

My eyes skimmed an article on page 1A. I was flabbergasted. I read the title again. Could it be? It had good news for the Miami Jewish community.

Students in early childhood, elementary, and middle school were treated to an array of hands-on projects to create sukkah decorations such as wind chimes, velvet posters, sand art, paper chains, and more.

It is important for a therapist to focus on a person’s strengths as a way of overcoming his or her difficulties.

Sadly, there are mothers who, due to severe depression are unable or unwilling to prepare nourishing food for their children.

Michal had never been away from home. And now, she was going so far away, for so long – an entire year!

Though if you do have a schach mat, you’ll realize that it cannot actually support the weight of the water.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/recipes/purim-diet-survival-guide/2014/03/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: