8 Ways to Lighten Up Your Hanukkah Meals

Find out how you can keep your family's festive food traditions without ruining your diet.

8 Ways to Lighten Up Your Hanukkah Meals

Hanukkah celebrations are deeply rooted in customs that have been handed down for generations. This includes spending quality time with family and sharing traditional recipes. Make your family's Hanukkah a healthy one by switching up some of those not-so-healthy dishes with lighter fare.

Olive Oil

Many Hanukkah recipes require deep-frying and a heavy dose of oil. In the spirit of health and Hanukkah, try incorporating olive oil into your holiday meal plans and stick to a maximum of two tablespoons a day. Olive oil provides great flavor and contains more omega-3's and heart-healthy nutrients than vegetable oil.

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