Pre and Post Fasting Tips

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Tamar Genger MA, RD
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Spicy Citrus Tilapia with Asian Noodles

This year Tisha B'Av actually falls on Shabbat and so the fast is postponed until Sunday.   Most of us typically have large heavy lunches on Saturday and then very small lighter dinners.  This week I would suggest changing that up a bit.  Stick with a nice hearty lunch, but hold back a little, be careful with the salt and leave enough space to eat a filling dinner.    Make sure to watch the wine and alcohol too, they are dehydrating and not the best idea before a fast.  And always drink lots of water, throughout the entire day.

For the pre fast meal I recommend a light fish that can be served at room temperature.

California Asparagus with Salmon and Lemony Orzo

Try this Salmon with Lemony Orzo and Asparagusor

Spicy Citrus Tilapia with Asian Noodles

if Tilapia is on sale try this Spicy Citrus Tilapia and enjoy with a Summer Rice Salad.

Grilled Chicken with Hot and Sweet Dipping Sauce

Really not a fish person? Go ahead and have some Grilled Chicken, enjoy with a light Potato Salad.

You shouldn't need more than that and serve some fresh fruit for dessert.  Just because you are fasting for one day does not give license to eat a day's calories in dessert, plus you already had a huge lunch probably with dessert.

Now, what about the break fast?

This is also not a time to binge and make yourself sick.  I highly recommend breaking the fast on a nice hot soup.  The warm liquid feels good and it slows you down from eating too much too quickly.  Then you can go on to the classic bagels and lox or eggs or you might decide this heart warming soup is all you need at 9 o'clock at night not too long before bed.

Carrot, Quinoa & Spinach Soup

Carrot, Quiona & Spinach Soup

or for something a little more hearty try a bean filled soup with corn bread or biscuits such as

White Bean Soup with Lemon and Garlic Cornbread

White Bean Soup with Lemon and Garlic Cornbread

What do you plan to have before and after the fast this year?