10 Commandments to get you through Passover:
- Drink ONLY Water, Seltzer and wine (yes I said wine!!!) Use this week to abolish your body of toxins and flush out the artificial sweeteners. Just say no to Diet soda! This commandment alone will make you feel so much better.
- Eliminate all whites from your diet this week. Try it what have you got to lose (besides a few LBs)? This means no regular matzo. Try whole wheat or bran matzo. Each “board” contains only 80 calories and 5 grams of heart healthy fiber (helps digestive system too which Passover is notorious for stuffing up!) You can have one exception of a matzo ball in the soup if you so desire after all it is Passover and if you are like me- and look forward to those matzo balls all year then go ahead and indulge it won’t matter in the end of the day. But just tonight!!!! Not all week.
- Choose lean proteins such as chicken and fish. Salmon although fatty is considered one of the best protein sources as the fat is unsaturated and loaded with Omega 3’s and does oodles of good for your heart!
- Did anyone say dessert time? Are you worried about where to go in that tea room???
Grab the almonds and cashews! I know what you are thinking….nuts are SOOOOO fattening. Again, fatty heart healthy foods like nuts are one of my favorite go to snacks or dessert – as nuts are filling. Have some almonds with an apple. The crunch and sweet tartness of the fruit is a very good combo. (Noteworthy to mention is that it also aids in digestion).
- Try a lox and whole wheat matzo sandwich for lunch tomorrow. Have it with a side salad and toss in some avocado (or spread mashed up avocado onto the matzo in lieu of cream cheese.
- Egg whites!! Can’t get enough of them. Make and omelet with a little mozzarella or broccoli. You will feel like you are at the Canyon ranch. Garnish with some orange wedges.
- Blueberries for breakfast? An excellent source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and manganese (important role in bone strength) Blueberries are one of my super foods. They have antioxidants.
- Go for a long walk after lunch. Take that well deserved break from the Passover table and put on those running shoes. 20 minutes minimum will do ya good. (And prepare you for tomorrow night’s seder!)
- Sweet potato fries!!! Cut sweet potatoes into thick wedges and spray with a little olive oil and bake for 20 minutes. They will taste like the real thing.
- Also good choices are chunks of big carrots. They become caramelized when baked and their natural sugars indulge your sweet tooth.