Creating a sumptuous Passover table without sacrificing health or taste

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More whole grains, less starch. Add this to the list of mantras for a healthier seder table.

“We know healthy eating is important … but during the holidays it’s easy to overindulge,” said Andrea Astrachan, consumer adviser at Stop & Shop. “It’s simple to serve your loved ones healthy options at your seder meal without sacrificing familiar flavors they’ve come to love, by making small adjustments to the way you prepare your food.”

Astrachan isn’t suggesting that cooks throw out traditional recipes; just infuse them with healthy variations. You don’t have to sacrifice the taste … or the matzah balls.

Following are a few tips to lighten up traditional caloric recipes:

Add whole grains. Incorporate healthy whole grains into your seder meal. To avoid filling up on excess starch, serve kosher whole-wheat matzah. You can even add whole grains into your matzah balls by mixing white matzah meal with whole-wheat matzah.

Serve plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. These will help your family avoid overeating high-calorie foods and add bright colors to your table. A simple-to-prepare side veggie to serve at the seder is sautéed asparagus.  

Hold the eggs. Limit the use of egg yolks in your menu items where possible. You can make your matzah balls extra fluffy by using only the egg whites, for example.

Spice it up. Instead of relying on oil, butter and fat, serve poultry without skin, and flavor with fresh herbs and spices for a delicious, low-fat option for your main dish. — pr newswire