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Spring into Summer with these Healthy Eating Options & 28 Day Joy of Kosher Challenge!

Spring into Summer with these Healthy Eating Options & 28 Day Joy of Kosher Challenge!

Inside: A delicious ruby-red smoothie recipe to get you started.

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Once again, summer snuck up on me. 

And unless someone invented a matzah ball soup cleanse when I wasn’t looking, or Shavuot cheesecakes suddenly become paleo-friendly fare, I haven’t been focused on healthy eating. It’s time to buckle down. I’m not one for dieting or depriving, but we all want to feel our best when the heat rolls around.

Usually, I turn to my favorite Israeli recipes to feel full but still keep my taste buds happy. Shakshuka all day long. Hummus with lots of fresh veggies (and less of my beloved homemade pita.) Healthy bowls are a food trend that I’ve been enjoying for years. Pile on grilled eggplant, squash and zucchini over your favorite grain and top with a drizzle of tahini, a few nuts and tons of hot sauce. An easy and satisfying lunch. Experiment with different spices that add flavor, but not calories. A sprinkle of sumac, cumin, or smoked paprika can wake up your average salmon of chicken.

Spiralizing is another trend that appears to be here to stay. If you can’t get behind pretending a plate of zucchini strands is pasta, try replacing half your normal portion of pasta with your favorite spiralized vegetable. Sneaky. Take advantage of the myriad of delicious and colorful foods currently in season, and have experiment by trying a new one each week.

If this all sounds more overwhelming than exciting, you can always try a meal plan. The competitor in me sees the word challenge and I’m ready to go, even if it involves giving up sugar (gasp!)

Our friends at Joy of Kosher have developed one such plan: The 28 Day Joy of Kosher Challenge. Tamar Genger, MA, RD has put together a month-long kosher family-friendly meal plan, with tips from Jamie Geller. What I love about this plan is not only does it have over 75 brand new recipes with nutrition facts, and shopping lists, but they include meals specifically for Shabbat (including dessert!) There are also vegetarian and gluten free options for each recipe, and tips and tricks to help guarantee success. You can learn more and sign up here. With recipes like Ricotta Spring Toast, Carrot Cake Whoopie Pies, Vegetarian Moroccan Stuffed Peppers, you definitely won’t feel like you’re on a diet. There are tons of healthy breakfast and snack ideas too. Like this gorgeous Ruby Red Smoothie.  


*Cooked red beets are available in the refrigerator section of most supermarkets and work well here.

Breakfast  |  dairy

Servings 1

Goji berries have been used in Chinese medicine for over 6,000 years.  They are believed to boost the immune system and brain activity, protect against heart disease and cancer, and improve life expectancy.


¼ cup cooked, chopped red beets
½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries or blueberries
½ cup frozen cherries
1 tablespoon goji berries
½ cup plain nonfat yogurt
1 teaspoon honey


Combine beets, strawberries, cherries, goji berries, yogurt, and honey in a blender and puree until smooth.

Nutritional Information  / Per Serving

200 calories, 1g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 126mg sodium, 45g carbohydrates, 6g fiber, 35g sugar, 9g protein

Amy Kritzer is a food writer and recipe developer in Austin, Texas. She blogs at What Jew Wanna Eat. Her first cookbook, Sweet Noshings, comes out September, 2016.

Image 1: A recipe from the 28 Day Joy Of Kosher Challenge. Courtesy of Joy Of Kosher
Image 2: The 28 day challenge. Courtesy of Joy Of Kosher
Image 3: Red Smoothie. Pixabay

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