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Healthy Mishloach Manot Ideas


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Purim is one of my favorite Jewish holidays.  I love baking hamantashen with my kids.  I have so many special memories baking with my mom and grandmother as a child.  After college, I had a tradition to bake hamantaschen with my friend Arlene, who now lives in Israel. One day I hope to resume that tradition, but for now my baking team consists of three children, ages seven, five and three.

Each year my kids are very excited to show off the new Purim costumes their grandmother bought them.  They wear the Purim costumes to shul, to school and usually to some other Purim carnival or festival.  They also begin to strategize how and where they will hoard their candy.  They tear open every package with excitement and pick out their favorite items to stash away.  All my kids have their own hidden treasure of refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Dentists everywhere must love this holiday!

As a dietitan, I am conflicted.  But we have reached a compromise.  After a balanced day of (mostly) healthy eating, on special occasions like Shabbat they get to pick out one small treat or piece of candy to take to shul to make Shabbat a little sweeter and get them out the door before Torah reading.  It works for us and they learn a little self-control along the way.

Mishloach Manot do not have to be filled with Hershey bars and sugar-filled candy.  Last year, I shared ten themes with healthy options for your Mishloach Manot.  This time I am going to share healthy recipes you can use in your Mishloach Manot.  Pair them with fresh or dried fruit and some dollar store toys and your friends will thank you, even if your dentist won’t.


We have 6 different empanada recipes to try and there are so many fillings to choose from, I wish someone made these for me.


The perfect snack for anyone any time of day.


Soft Pretzels

I have a recipe in the Purim issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller with two dipping sauces that is perfect for Mishloach Manot.  This recipe is fantastic and you can even print your own pretzel card to send with it.

Chicken Fingers

Chicken fingers are good hot or cold and a perfect afternoon snack on Purim day. It’s nice to come home from delivering gifts and not have to think about feeding the kids.

Panini Sandwiches

You can fill these with anything, dairy or meat. They sit great and are really yummy.

Mediterranean Salads

You can always do a few side salads, this Roasted Vegetable Couscous Salad is delish.


I hope you like these ideas and please share some of your Purim favorites with us, too.

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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!




2 Responses to Healthy Mishloach Manot Ideas

  1. These are great Purim recipes. Especially the empanadas – these are just perfect. I believe I will be making a batch of these for my daughter and her family since we will be visiting them during Purim in Montana

  2. I like the chicken fingers idea, I wish someone gave me those, but empanadas are perfect too. thanks.

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