Health & Wellness

Lightened-Up Hanukkah Recipes

Celebrate the Festival of Lights while staying on track—and without missing out on a single latke.
Published December 7, 2015

Staying on track toward your wellness goals during Hanukkah doesn't mean passing on your favorites. (Latkes…we're talking about latkes.) With a few slight tweaks, your meal can be big on nutrition and taste and lower in PersonalPoints. Get started by lightening up your go-to recipes with the below tips from Leslie Fink, a WW recipe editor and in-house nutritionist. Then check out our recipe roundup to put together a healthier holiday menu.

4 Ways to Lighten Up Your Hanukkah Dinner

  • Start by adding extra Points® to your Budget. Reminder: On WW's PersonalPoints Program, eating non-starchy veggies bumps up your Budget. Kick off your Hanukkah meal by digging into a veggie-packed starter or side dish. (We've got a few ideas below to get your started.)
  • Bake latkes or make them in the air fryer, instead of frying them, to cut saturated fat and bring down the PersonalPoints value, suggests Fink.
  • When our team took to the test kitchen, they found that air-fried latkes and baked latkes had roughly 1 to 2 Points each, while pan-frying and deep-frying the latkes bumped the value up to roughly 3 to 5 Points.

  • Rethink condiments to cut Points without losing flavor. Instead of topping latkes with a dollop of sour cream, consider plain nonfat Greek yogurt or applesauce.
  • Substitute whole-wheat or whole-grain matzo meal when making the balls for matzo ball soup, says Fink. It adds more fiber and protein (read: fewer Points). And here's a wouldn’t-have-thought-of-that cooking hack: Adding a little seltzer to the mix can keep the matzo balls light and fluffy.