Eating is part and parcel of our oneg Shabbos (Shabbos enjoyment). If fact we are commanded to take pleasure in our Shabbos food, creating many special and elaborate dishes and family favorites. However we also aim to feel healthy and energised on Shabbos and avoid the post-shabbos sluggishness and tummy aches that unfortunately are so common. The contradiction comes in when we over do it, usually on the carbohydrates and sugars. It's nice to look forward to a special Shabbos dessert and a favorite kugel but when we have 5 pieces of challah, a few pieces of kugel, dessert, followed by cake, followed by nash etc. etc. we just wont feel good. Here is a suggested plan:
Sample Menu for Friday Night:
Whole wheat Challah
Gefilte Fish or Salmon served with a green salad, sweetcorn salad, beetroot salad, houmous, techina, matbucha and olives
Chicken or Meat Soup
Chicken with potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and green beans
Platter of fresh fruits and nut selection.
Have a great Shabbos!