When it comes to celebrating Hanukkah, you probably think of fried and oily foods. Believe it or not, but these cooking methods are on purpose. The fried foods custom is referring to the miracle of Hanukkah, which is centered on oil. The popular fried foods include potato pancakes (latkes) and jelly doughnuts (sufganiyot).
Splurging during the holidays is inevitable, but eight days of fried foods can start to cause problems. It’s important to find balance in eating healthy foods and enjoying a small amount of the unhealthy foods. We spoke with registered dietitian Jennifer Glockner and holistic health coach Lori Tseytin about the ways to make your favorite Hanukkah foods healthier.
“In general, Hanukkah foods are fried and very oily to celebrate the miracle that a tiny amount of oil burned for eight days,” said Jennifer Glockner, registered dietitian nutritionist and creator of the Smartee Plate. “While celebrating and keeping traditions are important, slightly modifying recipes can create healthier versions.”