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How to Cut Calories on Chanukah


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With all the fried food Chanukah is hardly the dieter’s dream holiday (honestly, what Jewish holiday is?).  But, tongue firmly in cheek, here are 8 ways to keep your Chanukah calorie count down.  (I promise to do these all next year. No, really …)

1. Eat latkes over the sink. Everyone knows calories consumed over a sink don’t count.

2. Reuse frying oil as bio-fuel. You don’t really save any calories but you will help save the planet.

3. Just suck the jelly out of the doughnuts.

4. Choose apple sauce over sour cream (who are we kidding, really?).

5. Have diet soda with your latkes.

6. Eat no more than 3 sufganiot (again, who are we kidding?).

7. Only eat the small coins of chocolate gelt.

8. Deep fried salad!

How do you cut calories on Chanukah?

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4 Responses to How to Cut Calories on Chanukah

  1. Great advice! Love #3 :) I tried cutting calories by baking my sufganiyot http://wp.me/p1jysD-Hb but I think I just ate more of them instead.

  2. avatar says: mushi

    This is great! :-)
    Serious question: Why do we need to have so many fried foods for Hanukah? If it about using oil, preferably olive oil, why not saute using olive oil, instead of fry? Even the sufganiot can be baked, there is oil in the batter? I am actually trying to figue out a much healthier approach this Hanukah. Not being an entire spoil sport. I will still fry my latkes :-) Happy Hanukah!

    • mushi I hear ya — I am going to try very hard not to overdo the sufganiot… and in the past have tried baked latkes — which I really DO NOT have a thing for — but I can handle the baked donuts.

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