4 Better-for-You Passover Swaps

Passover is no holiday for your gut. The eight-day-long Jewish observance, in which bread, pasta, oatmeal, and other grains and leavened products are off limits, can lead to constipation, discomfort, and bloating. To keep things regular, include more of these Passover friendly, fiber-rich foods in your holiday diet.

  1. Almond Flour: Use almond flour instead of matzo meal when baking or breading food. Almond flour is simply finely ground almonds – a nutritional and digestive upgrade from white-flour matzo meal.
  2. Quinoa: Because the part of the plant we consume is technically a seed, not a grain, quinoa is generally approved for use during Passover. High in protein and a good source of fiber, you can use quinoa as you would a pasta or rice.
  3. Vegetables:  Sure, they’re great steamed, roasted, and sautéed. But during Passover, when you’re looking for grain substitutes, it’s time to get creative. Try making pizza crust from mashed cauliflower and noodles from zucchini (or zoodles).
  4. Whole-Wheat Matzo: When only matzo will do, make sure it contains whole wheat or bran. For example, one “light, whole-wheat bran matzo” has 85 calories and 5.4 grams of fiber. A white-flour thin matzo weighs in at 100 calories and just 1 gram of fiber.

For additional regularity support, consider Inner Balance. Its main ingredients are magnesium citrate and psyllium husk, both of which promote bowel motility.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be an exhaustive examination of the subject matter nor a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your primary care physician or healthcare provider before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Active Medi-Weightloss® patients should consult the experts at their location on whether the foods and recipes mentioned are appropriate for their phase of the program.