7 Ways to Connect to Natural Foods for Sukkot

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7 ways to connect to natural foods for Sukkot // jewishfoodhero.com

After the solemnity of Yom Kippur, we move right into celebrating the joyousness of nature for Sukkot.

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot is a seasonal harvest festival with links to agriculture and nature. It is also known as the Feast of Booths and Feast of the Tabernacles.

The act of constructing a Sukkah and serving and enjoying our meals in the Sukkah connects us to nature. The blessing of four plants is another experience of nature: a date palm, myrtle branch, willow branch, and citron fruit.

Connecting to Natural Foods for Sukkot

This holiday is an opportunity to connect to the natural world, which more and more of us are craving these days. What better way to do that than through food?

The wonderful simplicity of this holiday can get lost in the shuffle of life during this time of year. By connecting to the natural world around you and the food it contains in some way, however small, you can celebrate Sukkot. Below are my favorite suggestions.

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Best Foods and Drinks to Break Yom Kippur Fast

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Making good food choices to break the Yom Kippur fast eases your body out of the 25-hour fast in a supportive way (your digestive system will thank you).

Here are food and drink ideas to inspire you to make healthy choices following your fast.

Drinks

Your body needs hydration (yes, more than food) following the fast.

  • Water: Drink water before you eat anything.

If you are the type that is bored with water, these options are for you:

  • Sparkling Grapefruit Water:  My 6 year old twin nieces introduced me to this sweet-and-tart sparkling water. It is delicious and the slim can is a nice design touch.
  • Infused water: Infused waters offer all the benefits of water plus the subtle flavors or the added goodness of real vegetables, herbs, and spices.  My favorite is cucumber mint.  What is yours?
  • Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Cocktail:  If adding fresh lemon and just a bit of sweet (honey, sugar, molasses, etc) to your water sounds delicious, you will enjoy this sour and sweet elixer post-fast. It is simple: apple cider vinegar mixed with honey and other optional spices.
  • Enjoy a warm and soothing Tumeric-Ginger Tea.
  • If you want just a bit of caffeine following the fast, this Biodynamic Black Tea has Red and Pink Rose Petals.  It is comforting and soothing (plus it’s kosher-certified).

Foods

After you drink, eat something simple and healthy to break your fast.  Simple (and not too much) food is best when breaking a fast so as not to overburden your digestive system.

You may have grown up with a tradition of over-eating before and following the fast.  We do not need to carry on this tradition as it does not serve our bodies, minds or spirits.

Plant Based: Plant foods are the best choice to break a fast.

Enjoy fruits, vegetables, starchy vegetables, roots/tubers, intact whole grains, and legumes such as beans, peas and lentils.

Here are three post fast ideas from the Jewish Food Hero Cookbook: 50 Plant Based Recipes for Your Holiday Meals Yom Kippur Menu.

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White Bean Vegetable Soup hydrates and warms you

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Butternut Risotto satisfies and comforts you

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Cardamon Coffee Cakes is fragrant, moist and has just a bit of coffee to please you.

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Tell me in your comments, what is the healthiest food you will eat to break the Yom Kippur fast?

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8 Ways to Eat Healthier Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

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The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as the Days of Awe, are spiritually significant. This is a time of deep introspection and traditionally, a time to seek reconciliation with people. It’s an opportunity for change.

What if we included our bodies in the Days of Awe spiritual practice?

Food and eating is a way of shaping your lived experience. So it follows that if your desire is to have a specific spiritual experience, altering your current eating habits could support that desire.

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Jewish Food Hero in Jewish Way Magazine

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I collaborated with Jewish Way Magazine on their “Traditions” coverage for Rosh Hashanah.  Check out the full Rosh Hashanah traditions spread here.

Why I like the magazine: Jewish Way Magazine offers beautiful design and thoughtful coverage.  

It was wonderful to work with Jewish Way Magazine

You can see the profile they did of Jewish Food Hero here and my spiced stuffed apples recipe here. A revision of a grandmother favorite, these steamed apples are stuffed with nut butter, spices, and dried fruit. They’re delicious, simple, and sugar-free. These can be served as dessert either cold or warm. 

jewish-food-hero-healthy-spiced-baked-apples-veganP.S. It’s you like this recipe, you’ll love the Jewish Food Hero Cookbook

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Through Movement

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Movement

One of the things I sometimes forget about celebrating the holidays is that there are many ways to engage with the concepts and themes and to make the holiday personally meaningful.

It’s not about asking you to do more during an already busy time, but instead to bring more of yourself to the experience. It’s about claiming part of the Rosh Hashanah experience for yourself.

I believe you can make Rosh Hashanah healthy while continuing Rosh Hashanah traditions. (Wondering how Rosh Hashanah is observed? Learn more here.)

Going into Rosh Hashanah, we’re entering into the most holy days of the Jewish year that offers a space for introspection, soul searching, forgiveness, and intention setting. And we’re have the opportunity to engage with these inquiries at a time when the energy is aligned for doing so.

Your thoughts and intentions have creative power.

This week on Jewish Food Hero I’m publishing one short post every day that will give you ideas for ways to engage with Rosh Hashanah.

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Through Talking

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Talking

One of the things I sometimes forget about celebrating the holidays is that there are many ways to engage with the concepts and themes and to make the holiday personally meaningful.

It’s not about asking you to do more during an already busy time, but instead to bring more of yourself to the experience. It’s about claiming part of the Rosh Hashanah experience for yourself.

I believe you can make Rosh Hashanah healthy while continuing Rosh Hashanah traditions. (Wondering how Rosh Hashanah is observed? Learn more here.)

Going into Rosh Hashanah, we’re entering into the most holy days of the Jewish year that offers a space for introspection, soul searching, forgiveness, and intention setting. And we’re have the opportunity to engage with these inquiries at a time when the energy is aligned for doing so.

Your thoughts and intentions have creative power.

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Through Writing

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Writing

One of the things I sometimes forget about celebrating the holidays is that there are many ways to engage with the concepts and themes and to make the holiday personally meaningful.

It’s not about asking you to do more during an already busy time, but instead to bring more of yourself to the experience. It’s about claiming part of the Rosh Hashanah experience for yourself.

I believe you can make Rosh Hashanah healthy while continuing Rosh Hashanah traditions. (Wondering how Rosh Hashanah is observed? Learn more here.)

Going into Rosh Hashanah, we’re entering into the most holy days of the Jewish year that offers a space for introspection, soul searching, forgiveness, and intention setting. And we have the opportunity to engage with these inquiries at a time when the energy is aligned for doing so.

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Through Reading

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Engage With Rosh Hashanah Through Reading >>> jewishfoodhero.com

One of the things I sometimes forget about celebrating the holidays is that there are many ways to engage with the concepts and themes and to make the holiday personally meaningful.

It’s not about asking you to do more during an already busy time, but instead to bring more of yourself to the experience. It’s about claiming part of the Rosh Hashanah experience for yourself.

I believe you can make Rosh Hashanah healthy while continuing Rosh Hashanah traditions. (Wondering how Rosh Hashanah is observed? Learn more here.)

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