Great Kosher snacks should be healthy, filling and parve, containing neither meat nor milk, which cannot be eaten together according to Kashrut, the Jewish dietary laws. Parve snacks make meal planning much easier, as their ingredients don’t have to be accounted for in later meals. Parve snacks are also good for vegetarians, vegans and those with milk allergies. Here are some excellent snack choices.
Fruit and Nuts
These are the healthiest, easiest snacks to prepare. Fruit is usually quick and easy to clean and check for insects (which are not Kosher) and contain many antioxidants and vitamins as well as dietary fiber. Nuts can be more difficult to thoroughly check, but there are some Kosher brands that check for insects before packaging for the consumer. Treat yourself to a fresh fruit salad, or glaze the nuts with honey to satisfy a sweet tooth. Alternatively, spices can add zing, as well as contributing more health benefits.
While cookies and cupcakes can be decadent, in moderation they make nice little snacks and nuts, seeds and dried fruit can add nutritional value to them. Try making some mandelbrot, a twice baked cookie from Eastern Europe, similar to biscotti, which can be filled with nuts like almonds or pistachios and dried fruits like cherries or cranberries. These are excellent with a hot drink. Alternatively, homemade crackers can be made in advance and then brought out as needed to eat spread with hummus or peanut butter. Muffins, made with water and oil, rather than milk and butter, are another delicious and healthy snack choice and can be packed with savory vegetables like sun dried tomatoes, with oatmeal or bran for extra fiber or with fruit.
Popcorn is parve if it is made without butter, and olive oil tastes just as good. Don’t try to use melted margarine however, as the water content is too high and the popcorn will become soggy. Popcorn can be sprinkled with spicy spices like pepper, cumin or turmeric, or sweet spices like cinnamon or nutmeg. Alternatively, you can add a couple of spoons of sugar to the corn in the pan before it begins to pop and shake the pan well while cooking, for sweet and crunchy kettle corn.
Parve quiche can provide a high protein, low G.I snack, which is quick and easy to make, and will last for several servings. Either buy a parve pie shell, or make your own with parve margarine, then fill it with mixed eggs, cooked and chopped vegetables and flavoring like onion soup powder or spices. Then bake the quiche at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, or until it is solid.
Kosher snacks don’t have to come out of a packet, and can be made in advance to enjoy during the day at your convenience. They can and should have excellent nutritional value, as well as taste great.