It’s total crap weather in NYC, we’re a week away from Easter and Passover. My friends are a mixed bag of Jewish/Christian/not otherwise specified and actors who pray at the church of Equinox. This means next weekend is super duper fun and busy. We’re doing Good Friday/Holy Saturday/Seder and Easter Sunday!! The bunny doesn’t visit my house because I think he’s friggen creepy. Mama and Baba hand out the Easter basket, and it’s almost always 75% toys and 25% candy.
No one said holidays had to be totally unhealthy. More often than not, I feel as though we fall head first into “holiday eating” and let our better habits become as mythical as the creepy ass Easter bunny. By the way, I’ll eat 300 stalks of celery before I sit on a giant bunny’s lap. Actually, if I see a giant bunny coming toward me, I’m ordering my husband to hunt that rabbit down and turn its foot into the world’s luckiest key chain.
Passover and Easter can lend themselves to some pretty decadent fare. Easter lamb, Passover sweets and matza brei, schmaltzy soup and peanut butter eggs. Dang, this post is making me hungry.
If you plan ahead, you can make delicious and healthy food to serve or bring with you. foods that are lower in calories and high in nutrients. The key to healthy holiday eating is strategy. I know that if I don’t want to overindulge, I need to fill up on produce before I get there, and choose very wisely. I also tend to bring foods with me that will please everyone, and be covertly healthy. I bring food like this dark chocolate and cinnamon matzo candy. With its dark chocolate, combined with cinnamon, sliced almonds, and dried, tart cherries, it has more antioxidants than you can shake a stick at, and is quite delicious.
Chocolate Covered Matzo Candy
This is a process more than a recipe. First you take about 6 oz of 70% or higher dark chocolate and melt it in the microwave. Add to the chocolate about 1/2-1 tsp of cinnamon and stir. spread over matzo crackers and top with chopped, tart dried cherries and sliced almonds. Let harden and serve.