At Foodtrainers, we help clients, of all religions, adapt their food plans for various holidays. After all, we see many holidays as weight loss opportunities and recently suggested nonreligious lent for all. . Passover starts tonight at sundown, do not stop reading if you aren’t Jewish. An unleavened week isn’t a bad thing for anyone. I asked Market Melissa to present some of her favorite Passover snacks that are not only Kosher for Passover but Kosher for Foodtrainers as well
. Take it away Melissa.
I find myself each year reviewing Passover food rules as I create client’s food plans. Some clients feel they can actually eat better during this week, while others struggle to find appealing snack choices. After all, there is only so much matzo (aka intestinal mortar) you and your digestive system can handle.
For those of you not familiar with the dietary rules, during Passover Jewish people refrain from eating chometz or hametz, which is anything that is leavened or fermented. This includes anything made from barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. The exception is matzo, which is made from wheat, but has not been allowed to ferment. Many Jews, who don’t regularly keep a Kosher house, will clear their cupboards and fill their home with “Kosher for Passover” only food.
Here are some Foodtrainers’ top 10 Passover snacks that can be enjoyed all year round:
2. 1 cup of Dannon Kosher for Passover plain yogurt with ¼ cup fruit compote
4. 2 Medjool Dates with 1 oz. of Natural & Kosher Goat Cheese
– slice dates in half, remove pit and spoon goat cheese into the 4 halves
7. Trader Joe’s individual trail mix and nut packs (We like the Go Raw Trek Mix)
8. 2 oz. Empire turkey slices rolled around 1/4 of an avocado (sliced) and a dash of lemon juice
9. 1 Haolam string cheese with 1 cup bell pepper and celery sticks (if you’re going to eat any matzo you need the fiber)
10. Pre-Seder Smoothie –1/2 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen strawberries, handful baby spinach, 1-2 tsp. chia seeds, honey. Combine ingredients in blender; add ice water to desired thickness (note frozen banana slices are a tasty treat on their own).
If you observe Passover are there any other snacks you enjoy? If you’re not Jewish would you consider an unleavened week? Do you ever find it difficult to follow food rules during a religious holiday?