Celebrate Hanukkah With 5 Healthy Latke Recipes

Celebrate Hanukkah With 5 Healthy Latke Recipes

Hanukkah is here, and that means latkes! Crispy on the outside, soft and hot on the inside, they’re traditionally made with shredded potatoes, but you don’t have to stop there. Here are five healthy twists on the basic latke recipe. Pair your potato pancakes with salsa or homemade fruit chutney for a satisfying appetizer, but be warned: they’re so irresistible, you might make an entire meal out of them.

| Zucchini Potato Latkes

Add a little green to your potato pancakes with this recipe for zucchini potato latkes. Savory and slightly more moist, they’re easy to whip up for Hanukkah or any time of the year.

| Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes

Here’s a sweeter twist on the traditional latke. This version adds shredded sweet potato and carrot to the basic latke recipe for a vitamin-A-rich treat that kids and adults will love equally.

| Crispy Baked Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes

These potato latkes aren’t fried u2014 they’re baked u2014 perfect if you’re watching your fat intake. Made with vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes and low-calorie shredded zucchini u2014 which adds extra fiber, potassium, and vitamin C u2014 these savory, crispy potato pancakes are low in calories at just 59 calories per latke.

| Crispy Carrot Rosemary Potato Latkes

Made with russet potatoes and organic carrots, these crispy latkes also have a hint of fresh rosemary. Served with apricot applesauce, each latke is about 60 calories.

| Curried Sweet Potato Latkes With Homemade Apple Pear Sauce

Add a little spice to the dinner table with these curried sweet potato latkes. Made strictly with sweet potatoes, these latkes are soft and sweet. Couple them with homemade apple pear sauce for a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. Two latkes and a serving of the warm, chunky fruit sauce will run you about 260 calories.

Celebrate Hanukkah With 5 Healthy Latke Recipes

Celebrate Hanukkah With 5 Healthy Latke Recipes

Hanukkah is here| and that means latkes! Crispy on the outside| soft and hot on the inside| they’re traditionally made with shredded potatoes| but you don’t have to stop there. Here are five healthy twists on the basic latke recipe. Pair your potato pancakes with salsa or homemade fruit chutney for a satisfying appetizer| but be warned: they’re so irresistible| you might make an entire meal out of them.

| Zucchini Potato Latkes

Add a little green to your potato pancakes with this recipe for zucchini potato latkes. Savory and slightly more moist| they’re easy to whip up for Hanukkah or any time of the year.

| Sweet Potato and Carrot Latkes

Here’s a sweeter twist on the traditional latke. This version adds shredded sweet potato and carrot to the basic latke recipe for a vitamin-A-rich treat that kids and adults will love equally.

| Crispy Baked Zucchini and Sweet Potato Latkes

These potato latkes aren’t fried u2014 they’re baked u2014 perfect if you’re watching your fat intake. Made with vitamin-A-rich sweet potatoes and low-calorie shredded zucchini u2014 which adds extra fiber| potassium| and vitamin C u2014 these savory| crispy potato pancakes are low in calories at just 59 calories per latke.

| Crispy Carrot Rosemary Potato Latkes

Made with russet potatoes and organic carrots| these crispy latkes also have a hint of fresh rosemary. Served with apricot applesauce| each latke is about 60 calories.

| Curried Sweet Potato Latkes With Homemade Apple Pear Sauce

Add a little spice to the dinner table with these curried sweet potato latkes. Made strictly with sweet potatoes| these latkes are soft and sweet. Couple them with homemade apple pear sauce for a delicious way to celebrate the holiday. Two latkes and a serving of the warm| chunky fruit sauce will run you about 260 calories.

Make Your Morning Even Better With These Healthy Pancake Recipes

Make Your Morning Even Better With These Healthy Pancake Recipes

Go ahead and serve yourself a stack! These healthy pancake recipes offer fewer calories and less fat than buttermilk flapjacks| with a healthy dose of protein| fiber| and other nutrients. Power up your metabolism| regulate your blood sugar| and satisfy your cravings for a sweet and decadent brunch with one of these tasty twists on the traditional pancakes.

| Quinoa Pancakes

If you’re not sure what to do with leftover quinoa| whip up a batch of fluffy pancakes this weekend. This creative twist on the breakfast classic offers more folate| protein| and fiber than traditional recipes.

| Wheat-Free Pancakes

If gluten is off-limits for you| whip up a batch of these wheat-free pancakes made with almond flour and flaxseed. They’re high in protein and fiber but low in sugar.

| Apple Ring Oatmeal Pancakes

Slice fresh apples u2014 any variety will work u2014 and dip them in oatmeal pancake batter to make these apple ring pancakes. We’re talking more fruit| more fiber| and fewer calories. They’re so sweet that no syrup is needed!

| Banana Sweet Potato Pancakes With Honey Nut Yogurt

Roasted sweet potatoes mixed into the batter not only add a warm| autumnal orange hue| but also increase the fiber and offer a soft moistness you’ll love. Top it off with Greek yogurt sauce to cut down on sugar while upping the protein| and this veggie-filled breakfast will fill you up and keep your energy high all morning long.

| High-Protein Pancakes With Banana Cream Sauce

While Greek yogurt| eggs| and protein smoothies are excellent high-protein breakfast ideas| here’s a scrumptious meal that’ll offer over twice the amount of protein u2014 almost 30 grams per 378-calorie serving!

| Strawberry Protein Pancakes With Strawberry Cream Sauce

It doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to make a sweet pink heart-shaped breakfast. Aside from being low in calories u2014 under 260 u2014 these adorable heart-shaped flapjacks are made with protein powder. The pancakes are also topped with a Greek yogurt sauce| so the protein punch (almost 20 grams) will keep you energized for a butt-kicking workout later.

| Blueberry Banana u2014 and Spinach! u2014 Pancakes With Sweet Cream Sauce

If you’re into throwing greens into your fruit smoothie| then you’ll love this recipe that adds spinach to your pancakes. Although the greens add a slightly teal earthy hue| they also add fiber| calcium| iron| vitamin A| vitamin K| and folate.

| Whole Wheat Mixed Berry Pancakes With Maple Cinnamon Yogurt

Save calories by topping these mixed berry pancakes with maple cinnamon Greek yogurt.

| Protein Coconut Flour Berry Pancakes

These protein coconut flour berry pancakes are naturally sweet and satisfying.

| Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

Made with the goodness of quinoa| Greek yogurt| and egg whites| this scrumptious recipe is one to check out.

| Whole Wheat Vanilla Strawberry Pancakes

Made with whole wheat flour and nonfat milk| these vanilla strawberry pancakes are delicious| moist| and fluffy!

| Pumpkin Pancakes

Fall flavors never tasted so good! This recipe for pumpkin pancakes is hearty and healthy| not to mention tasty!

| Basic Yet Brilliant Vegan Pancakes

We take the milk and eggs out of this recipe| but these vegan pancakes still stack up against a batch of buttermilk ones.

| Banana Almond Oatmeal Pancakes

Here’s a whole wheat pancake recipe that includes hearty and fiber-rich oats and fresh bananas.

| Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancakes

Skip the all-purpose flour and go with this whole wheat pancake recipe. It’s made with cinnamon for flavor and because it can temper the blood-sugar surge that follows a sweet treat.

Trader Joe’s Copycat Thai Salad Is Packed With Protein

Trader Joe’s salads are great in a pinch ¡ª they’re ready to go and more affordable than grabbing takeout every day. But a plastic-wrapped, store-bought salad can mean sacrificing flavor and freshness (in addition to nutrients).

This version of Trader Joe’s citrus chicken salad tastes better than the original and is just as low in calories. A mix of digestion-relieving cabbage and papaya and hydrating, antioxidant-rich daikon ¡ª along with a tangy Thai-inspired citrus dressing ¡ª makes for a flavorful, filling lunch that’s high in protein and low in fat and calories. Plus, since this recipe makes three servings, you can make it ahead and have lunch ready for most of the work week.

Thai Citrus Chicken Salad

Leta Shy, POPSUGAR Fitness

Thai Citrus Chicken Salad

Notes

The hardest part of this recipe is shredding and chopping all the vegetables, so opt for preshredded red and green cabbage mix if you want to save time. If you want this spicier, add more jalepe?o to the dressing.

Trader Joe’s Copycat Thai Salad Is Packed With Protein

Trader Joe’s salads are great in a pinch ¡ª they’re ready to go and more affordable than grabbing takeout every day. But a plastic-wrapped| store-bought salad can mean sacrificing flavor and freshness (in addition to nutrients).

This version of Trader Joe’s citrus chicken salad tastes better than the original and is just as low in calories. A mix of digestion-relieving cabbage and papaya and hydrating| antioxidant-rich daikon ¡ª along with a tangy Thai-inspired citrus dressing ¡ª makes for a flavorful| filling lunch that’s high in protein and low in fat and calories. Plus| since this recipe makes three servings| you can make it ahead and have lunch ready for most of the work week.

Thai Citrus Chicken Salad

Leta Shy| POPSUGAR Fitness

Thai Citrus Chicken Salad

Notes

The hardest part of this recipe is shredding and chopping all the vegetables| so opt for preshredded red and green cabbage mix if you want to save time. If you want this spicier| add more jalepe?o to the dressing.

10 Edible Gifts You Can Make With Love in Your Kitchen

10 Edible Gifts You Can Make With Love in Your Kitchen

The following post was originally featured on Lisa Wells| who is part of POPSUGAR Select Fitness.

It’s that time of year to start thinking about Christmas gift ideas. Nothing embodies the season more than homemade Christmas gifts u2014 especially gifts from the kitchen. There’s a gift on this list that’s perfect for everyone on your list u2014 gluten-free| grain-free| paleo| a few are even vegan. And all are delicious homemade holiday gifts.

To make these treats special for the holidays| wrap them in festive containers. I love locking glass jars for the mixed nuts and granola. Wide mouth mason jars tied with ribbon are perfect for the pots de creme. Bake the banana bread in red mini loaf pans and wrap them in cellophane and ribbon. Take out boxes or holiday cookie boxes are perfect for cookies and brownies. And decorate mini glass Jars for the herbs and spices.

So here are 10 easy homemade Christmas gifts to try this year:

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Chili Spice Mixed Nuts

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3-Ingredient Salted Chocolate Almond Haystacks

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Hazelnut Cookies

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Easy Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme

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Banana Bread

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Easy Brownies

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Cranberry Walnut Granola

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Cranberry Orange Muffins

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Herbs de Provence

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Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend

And for more paleo holiday treats| check out my roundup of paleo Christmas cookie recipes.

This Genius Sunday Prep Idea Will Help You Lose Weight All Week

How do you make the quickest breakfast even quicker? Prep the entire week’s breakfast all at once. Just like you pack salads for the week, you can save time every night by prepping five days of overnight oats.

All you need are mason jars, some basic ingredients, and an under-300-calorie superfilling breakfast will be waiting for you every morning. Enjoyed cold or hot, prepping a week of overnight oats in one shot will nix any temptations for stopping on the way to work for bagels or to eat the donuts in your office break room.

Since this recipe is only 286 calories, feel free to add some fresh fruit such as blueberries, sliced banana, or chopped apple in the morning.

5 Days of Overnight Oats

From Jenny Sugar, POPSUGAR Fitness

5 Days of Overnight Oats

Notes

If you’re avoiding gluten, use gluten-free oats.

This Genius Sunday Prep Idea Will Help You Lose Weight All Week

How do you make the quickest breakfast even quicker? Prep the entire week’s breakfast all at once. Just like you pack salads for the week| you can save time every night by prepping five days of overnight oats.

All you need are mason jars| some basic ingredients| and an under-300-calorie superfilling breakfast will be waiting for you every morning. Enjoyed cold or hot| prepping a week of overnight oats in one shot will nix any temptations for stopping on the way to work for bagels or to eat the donuts in your office break room.

Since this recipe is only 286 calories| feel free to add some fresh fruit such as blueberries| sliced banana| or chopped apple in the morning.

5 Days of Overnight Oats

From Jenny Sugar| POPSUGAR Fitness

5 Days of Overnight Oats

Notes

If you’re avoiding gluten| use gluten-free oats.

Low in Sugar and Light in Calories, This May Be the Perfect Cocktail

The weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with a drink ¡ª especially after a long run or outdoor workout. But it’s all too easy to cancel out all your hard work with a cocktail that’s full of hidden calories from tons of sugar and ingredients that are hard to pronounce. After doing a little research and experimenting with recipes at home, I found the perfect calorie-friendly cocktail that still seems fancy and indulgent: the mojito.

Related: If You Want to Lose Weight and Still Drink, Read This

Since a mojito is made with fresh ingredients and zero-calorie soda water, it ends up being a much better choice than cocktails like a gin and tonic or using a premade cocktail mix from the store. You can also make the drink more seasonal (and antioxidant-rich) by muddling in fresh fruit from your local farmers market; cucumber, pineapple, and raspberries are all great choices. The added bonus is that fresh fruit helps cut down on the amount of added sugar in the drink.

Mojito

From Michele Foley, POPSUGAR Fitness

Mojito

Mojito Recipe 2009-07-01 15:58:35

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sugar1/2 lime5 sprigs mint1.5 ounces light rumIceSoda water

Low in Sugar and Light in Calories, This May Be the Perfect Cocktail

The weekend is the perfect time to celebrate with a drink ¡ª especially after a long run or outdoor workout. But it’s all too easy to cancel out all your hard work with a cocktail that’s full of hidden calories from tons of sugar and ingredients that are hard to pronounce. After doing a little research and experimenting with recipes at home| I found the perfect calorie-friendly cocktail that still seems fancy and indulgent: the mojito.

Related: If You Want to Lose Weight and Still Drink| Read This

Since a mojito is made with fresh ingredients and zero-calorie soda water| it ends up being a much better choice than cocktails like a gin and tonic or using a premade cocktail mix from the store. You can also make the drink more seasonal (and antioxidant-rich) by muddling in fresh fruit from your local farmers market; cucumber| pineapple| and raspberries are all great choices. The added bonus is that fresh fruit helps cut down on the amount of added sugar in the drink.

Mojito

From Michele Foley| POPSUGAR Fitness

Mojito

Mojito Recipe 2009-07-01 15:58:35

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sugar1/2 lime5 sprigs mint1.5 ounces light rumIceSoda water