5 Rosh Hashana Dishes with a Healthy Side

Much of the celebration surrounding the Jewish New Year, which begins Wednesday night, revolves around foods like the traditional apple dipped in honey, to signify a sweet new year. But there's plenty of more room at the feast.

Pomegranates are traditionally served during the holiday. The fruit, according to tradition, contains 613 perils (or seeds), which signify the number of commandments from the Old Testament.

What's a Jewish holiday without matzo ball soup? A homemade stock contributes many essential minerals (and helps everyone stay hydrated).

A fall favorite, butternut squash is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which helps promote vision and healthy skin. It's also brimming with the antioxidant vitamin C, energy-boosting vitamin B6 and folate and heart-healthy potassium.

The traditional fruit of the holiday can be enjoyed as part of a delicious gravy over turkey.

Finish the meal with seasonal pears flavored with vanilla and grapefruit zest. If you're keeping kosher (with a meat-based dinner), then top the pears with a nondairy whipped cream.

Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian and consultant who specializes in food safety and culinary nutrition. She is the author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen: More Than 130 Delicious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Day.

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