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How to Break Your Fast


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The end of a fast can lead you into an eating binge which will only make you sick. The best thing to do after a fast, is to eat light. If you don’t plan ahead, you will be tempted to just stuff your face with everything in sight.

Start with a drink you like that has a little bit of natural sugar — orange or apple juice are perfect.  Most people take their inspiration from breakfast foods, since we really are breaking a fast every morning. Whole grains, eggs, yogurt, fruit are filling and won’t upset your stomach. The key is to keep it light, avoid spicy or saucy foods and don’t over do it.
Here is a menu to help you to plan your break the fast in style. You can make both of these dishes if you are entertaining, but either one of these delicious dishes will do the trick.

Ratatouille Lentil Soup

Broccoli Swiss Quiche

I do always like a little sweet treat after a day of fasting, if you have the time to make these refreshing marshmallows, I highly recommend.

Raspberry Lemonade Marshmallows

Otherwise, try this Espresso Chocolate Turtle Cake, just keep your portion small and save some for tomorrow.

Espresso Chocolate Turtle Cake

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




6 Responses to How to Break Your Fast

  1. My husband always breaks his fast on bagels and scrambled eggs, a glass of OJ, a glass of water and THEN he has a coffee. We hear of people breaking their fasts on heavy meals – meat, chicken, etc. The stomach needs to be treated gently after so long without sustenance!

  2. avatar says: SarahEats

    Toast and tea work for me. My husband, however, can just shovel ANYTHING in, in huge quantities, and his stomach does not complain. The quiche is worth trying – but can someone make those marshmallows for me and bring them over? They. look. divine!

  3. avatar says: Dodi

    These look like good ideas. Last fast I made whole wheat pancakes, and we had sliced bananas and walnuts on top. We drizzled maple syrup over all of that. It was a great way to break a fast. My husband would break this fast with chicken & meat, if he could!

  4. avatar says: Barbara

    The absolutely best thing for breaking a summer fast is a fruit smoothie. After tisha b’av, we made ours in the blender with frozen bananas, mango and melon (if I had strawberries, I would have put those in, too). Delicious and refreshing!

  5. avatar says: nothando

    think il just break my fast with scrambled eggs… maybe blend grapes nd ice. call it a day. or just stick to my herbal tea nd lemon.

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