What are the Health Benefits of Passover Foods?



matzo ball soup

This spring holiday is filled with more than just matzo. From traditional dishes to symbolic foods, the Passover feast is filled with a wide variety of good-for-you nutrients.

#1: Egg
Hard-boiled eggs mixed with salt water are served as an appetizer during the Passover feast.

Nutrition: Eggs are a perfect protein (yolks too) and are chock-full of vitamins A and D and the antioxidant lutein, which helps promote healthy skin and eyes.

#2: Chicken Matzo Ball Soup
Matzo ball soup (above, from Food Network Magazine) made in a chicken stock is traditionally served during the big meal. The secret ingredient of any homemade stock is a mirepoix made from celery, onion, and carrots.

Nutrition: Stock contains many nutrients like niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and potassium.

#3: Gefilte Fish
In Yiddish, gefilte fish means stuffed fish. To make the dish, white fish (such as carp) is ground and mixed with other ingredients like eggs, carrots, and spices and formed into fish cakes that are then poached or baked.

Nutrition: This dish is high in protein and brimming with energy boosting B-vitamins, selenium, zinc and potassium.

#4: Horseradish
Horseradish, with its overpowering flavor, is used as the bitter herbs (or maror), which represents the tears and affliction the Jewish slaves …read more