A Passover Meal
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by Caroline Sharvit
Passover is synonymous with cleaning, shopping, and cooking. With all of the physical preparations, however, it’s easy to arrive spent and exhausted to the Passover Seder, and lose track of what Passover is really about - the retelling of the miraculous emancipation of our ancestors from Egypt, and the celebration of our transformation from slaves to a self-determining nation of free men and women.
The concept of freedom, while loaded with responsibility, provides us with the opportunity to make choices and changes. In the context of nutrition, we have the freedom to choose the foods we eat and with which we provide our families, which can positively impact our wellness.
We can think of Passover, also known as the Festival of Freedom, as a springboard to practicing good nutrition. It is an opportunity to PASS OVER (pun very much intended!) processed, packaged, and prepared food in favor of fresh, nutritious, and healthy options. Just as our ancestors left Egypt to preserve their spiritual health, we too, can depart from subjugation to sugar, salt, empty calories, preservatives, and additives that threaten our physical health.
The Israelites traveled for 40 years through the desert to reach the Promised Land. Our journey to achieving and maintaining good nutritional habits can be much shorter if we consistently make good decisions about the food we eat. The menu below provides ideas on preparing a healthy, delicious meal for Passover or any day of the year.
During this time of increased anti-Semitism worldwide, I thought it would be nice to develop a meal that symbolizes strength through Jewish unity by choosing foods that represent Jewish communities from around the world. The fish dish is native to Jews of North Africa, while the zucchini soufflé represents American Jewry, and the poached pear dessert traces its origin to European Jewry.
I wish you a wonderful, freedom-filled Passover.
Whether the motivation is weight management, athletic performance or disease management, clinical nutritionist Caroline Sharvit helps clients incorporate their food preferences within the framework of a healthy food plan and promotes long term strategies aimed at achieving weight and wellness goals.
Caroline holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University, and is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
She provides nutrition counseling for children and adults through Tree of Knowledge, an educational services provider in Cleveland, Ohio.