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Your NEW Healthy Passover/Anytime Toolkit

The Passover (Pesach) blog posts are going to be coming fast and furious! I know you’re all in a big prep and planning mode and I want to get you all of my healthy ideas ASAP! In addition, if you have specific questions – or your own suggestions I might share with the Healthy Family, Healthy You community, let me know at

Rest assured, if you have nothing to do with Passover, I’ll still have easy healthy meal ideas you can use any time.


Here’s what’s coming:

Your Healthy Pesach Toolkit

  1. Nice thoughts for a great week and previous Passover posts with tons of healthy recipes and tips!
  2. Your Spa-like Passover Menu – 2 new HFHY veggie recipes – and my favorite healthy Passover recipes from around the web
  3. Spiralizer recipes and ideas. Free e-cookbook.
  4. A Super Duper Helpful Vegan Passover Cookbook

Tool 1. Here are your nice thoughts:

Most of the people who read the Healthy Family, Healthy You blog are NOT vegan, or maybe even vegetarian. That’s cool with me. I’m not here to force anyone to agree with me. I just want us all to be healthy together, as a community, and support one another while we’re trying.

So, during Passover, let’s try do that. Support one another. Eat healthfully. Use the week as an excuse to find as many ways to eat as many vegetables humanly possible. (You know, except for the ones that are kitniyot).

But for me and others who ARE vegan, I have to remember that I’m not actually going to starve, even if it might feel that way occasionally. There are real people really starving so I shouldn’t sweat it that almost all of my daily protein sources are kitniyot!

Here is a kitniyot list from the Orthodox Union. They have operators standing by for all of your Pesach questions! They told me raw chia seeds are fine, as long as I check for any contaminants. Also, I was told that although I am mainly vegan for health/values reasons, eggs and dairy do make me sick so I count as infirm and can have all of the plain almond and coconut milks listed on the website and can have silk soy yogurt and rice. I doubt I could ever actually eat the soy yogurt or rice…the whole Ashkenazi kitniyot thing is too ingrained in me, but it’s interesting to know. Oh – and per my Facebook post, was just told by someone else that their Orthodox Rabbi says vegans can have kitniyot. Just fyi for those who want to know. Check with your own LOR of course!

The following are considered Kitniyot:
Fennel Seeds
Green Beans
Linseed (Flaxseed)
Poppy Seeds
Sesame Seeds
Sunflower Seeds

The following are not considered Kitniyot, but may require special checking:
Chia Seeds
Guar Gum
Locust Bean Gum

The following may be Kitniyot and are therefore not used:

What is Kitniyot? Read more here.

Next up! Your Spa-like Passover Menu – 2 new HFHY veggie recipes – and my favorite healthy Passover recipes from around the web

Also, see my

and some super helpful posts from last year (and last week) full of great recipe ideas and healthy tips for the week:

Entertain the kids using healthy foods! Your Healthy Pesach 2016!

10 Healthy Passover Short Cuts! Just for you!

Celebrate Passover like Mayim Bialik!

Healthy Passover Recipes? Yes!

Chocolate Banana Baked Matzo Brei! (Vegan and whole wheat of course)

Refreshing 2nd Days’ Salad!


Entertain the kids using healthy foods! Your Healthy Pesach 2016!

If you’re looking for healthy children’s entertainment for your seder (or any time), look no further! Take inspiration from my fun and busy Sunday entertaining kids at the Jewish Food Experience/Moti’s Market pre-Passover Open House featuring local chefs. This was my first time conducting one of my fruit funshops in a super market, and we had a blast.

These fruit and vegetable children’s projects are also great activities for during the entire holiday – a lot better than sitting around eating dry, processed, sugar-filled cakes and cookies.

Here are a few pictures with the talented kids who visited my table and then, below, links to all of the fun tools we used! You can do it too! They made space ships, cars, people, rainbow kabobs, cucumber kabobs, and more. From ages 3-13, from JPDS, Alef Bet Montessori and B’nai Shalom in Fairfax, VA; they made multiple fruit and veggie projects and ATE them!

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Here are some of the tools we used. Simply click on the links to order them for your healthy passover activities.

In addition, I’m currently scheduling camp, school, shul and birthday party fruit funshops for the summer and fall. Reserve your spot now! Be in touch on Facebook or by email

Children’s sized skewers

Vegetti Spiralizer

Animal shape cutters

Fry knife

Flower shape cutters

Also, here is a pack of kid safe knives

Finally, here are links to the trays I used for my healthy mishloach manot this year, that I suggested in last week’s blog that you use as hostess gifts. Perfect for a healthy pesach meal. Also, let your children make their own at home or bring a tray and fruits and veggies for the kids to arrange themselves at the meal you are attending. Instant healthy entertainment! Let me know how it goes.

Fun colored trays

Single tray option

Your best hostess gift (and way to get kids to eat veggies!) yet!

I haven’t published a complete manifesto yet (I mean, besides my books!), but many of you know it is my mission to change how we think we have to feed one another. Our friends and family, 95% of the time, will be thrilled when we don’t over-stuff them or give them tempting foods they’d rather avoid. Of course there is always a place for birthday cake, etc…(with NATURAL food coloring of course!).

As an example of this, as promised and explained last week, here are the results of my healthy Purim efforts, which are also healthy snack and hostess gift ideas to inspire you, regardless of whether you ever celebrate Purim. And if you do-to help you all year round, not just on Purim. Keep reading!

We only made a few small mishloach manot for people not on the community list, but they were a hit. I thought the Mary’s Gone Crackers Pretzels and Dipin Olive Tapenade were quite sophisticated and different…if I do say so myself. :)

My son’s teacher said that I made the best healthy mishloach manot she’d ever seen. The kids couldn’t wait to open them! [Insert throat clearing here…] What do you know? Kids can be excited by food that isn’t candy!

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I’m giving you links in case you want to have these fun and healthy snacks around.


We always give a few bigger packages, mostly to family. I was worried this rainbow veggie tray might be too simple, but it was greatly appreciated and gobbled up by all who received one! I was told it was the only mishloach manot one person could eat because of their restricted diet. Another person said, “Leave it to Natasha to give us fruits and vegetables we’ve never seen before!”

My rainbow veggie tray

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[For the record, those are yellow, orange, white, and purple baby carrots; red, orange and yellow baby peppers. In my area, you can find rainbow carrots – whole, baby and shredded(!) – at the Giant, Trader Joe’s, and Mom’s Organic Market. I assume Whole Foods also sells them but I don’t know for sure.]

I tell you all of this to show how happy people are when they receive healthy food.

Keep reading for where to purchase these amazing trays!

Here’s a picture of them stacked up – easy to stack and store.


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The Press n Seal Saran Wrap was perfect!

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These are what I used for my big healthy Mishloach Manot above.

Ideal both for this purpose and as a hostess gift where you can bring healthy food and also leave the tray as a gift. I have friends where I know that if I don’t bring a salad, there won’t be one. This is even better! It looks great, doesn’t seem pushy, and is truly a helpful addition to any party or meal.

I’ve been looking for alternatives to the tray I always show my workshop participants. I use it for veggies every week (for Shabbat lunch or whenever I have company). Unfortunately, Crate and Barrel doesn’t make it anymore. The fun ones above that are cheap enough to leave with friends can also be reused in your own home. Let your kids pick their favorite color and set up the tray for the whole family.

For times when I know I can easily take my platter back…like when visiting family, I purchased this Five Section Serving Tray w/ Locking Lid & Handle. It is more easily transportable than my current platter with saran wrap on top.

If you are looking to spread raw veggies around your neighborhood, I encourage you to consider purchasing these fun trays. It does help make it happen (especially if your kids get to fill it themselves). I’ve been looking for something to recommend to my peeps since Crate and Barrel stopped making mine, so I’m thrilled to have these links for you.

**FYI, if you purchase through my links, I do earn a small commission. I decided to do it this way simply because it was actually the easiest way to provide you with the information and a quick way to make the purchase. Of course I also appreciate the support of my efforts to help everyone feed their family well, simply and sanely! Just like it says in the books! Let me know if you have any questions about this or anything else.

Okay, Purim is over…who’s ready for Pesach? :)-

I’ll be back with more on that soon!