3 Healthy Latke Recipes

3 Healthy Latke Recipes

Let’s face it. Chanukah isn’t complete without delicious latkes. Frying things in oil is not only a tradition, but it reminds us of the miracle that took place so long ago. After Judah Maccabee won the fight against King Antiochus, he and his army helped clean and revamp the destroyed temple where our people studied and prayed. They ended up finding a small jar of 100% pure olive oil to light the menorah. While this oil only should have lasted 24 hours, it lasted 8 days and nights! It was a miracle, and today we celebrate that miracle by cooking our favorite treats (like latkes and sufganiyah) in oil. 

With that being said, you can still celebrate this wonderful tradition without compromising your health. Below you’ll find a list of HEALTHY latke alternatives, because let’s face; you want to celebrate this tradition for decades to come!

Here are the recipes...

1. The Sweet Potato Latke

This latke takes the traditional white potato latke and spins it into a healthier version using a sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are packed with nutrients your body craves; like: Vitamins C, A, B6, E, K, Manganese, Magnesium, Calcium, Copper, Potassium, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, Niacin, and Thiamine. YES, all in one sweet potato! But, if this isn’t enough to convince you, maybe these other health benefits will:

Other Benefits Include:

  • Can help with weight loss
  • High in antioxidants
  • Helps boost brain function
  • It’s an immune system booster
  • It helps promote healthy vision
  • Stabilizes blood sugar (yup, an excellent food choice for those of you with Diabetes).

Now, we hope you take our advice and try these healthy sweet potato latkes (and include sweet potato as a part of your diet once Chanukah is over).

Find the recipe for sweet potato latkes here

 

2. The Cauliflower Latke

With all the recent hype and the endless cauliflower recipes, we thought you’d enjoy this one too. The best part is, these latkes are made with only 4 ingredients and are packed with nutrients. In fact, cauliflower has won the title of “One of the healthiest foods in the world.” But why? In 1 cup of cauliflower you’ll get: Vitamin B6, K, C, folate (for you pregnant Mamas), Potassium, Pantothenic Acid, Manganese, Magnesium, Riboflavin, Phosphorus and Thiamine.

But wait there’s more…

Other Cauliflower Benefits Include:

 

  • Fights inflammation
  • Helps balance hormones
  • Can help lower risk of heart disease
  • Helps improve detoxification
  • Can help lower risk of brain disorders
  • Can help lower cancer risk
  • Improves digestion
  • Can help with with weight loss
  • Helps maintain eye health

Alright, enough about the amazing health benefits of cauliflower, let’s get you that recipe so you can start making em’!

** Side note: Instead of Ritz crackers, you can use a healthier alternative like Mary’s Gone Crackers (found at whole foods)

Find the recipe for cauliflower latkes here

 

3. The Zucchini Latke with Tzatziki

Yes, you read that right, zucchini latkes with a side of tzatziki! Mmm.. mmm…Before jumping to the recipe, check out why zucchini latkes are a much healthier alternative for you and your loved ones. Zucchini’s are jam packed with nutrient dense vitamins and minerals like: Vitamins B6, C, K, A, Fiber, Folate (Yay Pregnant Mamas), Riboflavin, Manganese and Potassium (very high source of potassium!) . Oh you know Zucchini benefits don’t stop there… check these out:

Other Zucchini Benefits Include:

  • Low on the glycemic index
  • Low in calories (made of mostly water)
  • Helps improve digestion
  • Can help to improve heart health (because it’s so high in potassium!)
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties
  • Aids in constipation relief (contains dietary fiber)

Find the recipe for zucchini latkes with tzatziki here

There you have it! A healthy way to celebrate Hanukkah while keeping the traditions alive. Feel free to “lettuce” know if you have another healthy latke recipe or which of these 3 you decided to prepare this year. Email us at shalom@jewbees.com. 

Have a very wonderful first night of Hanukkah!

Written By:

The Jewbees Team

 

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