Tisha B'av

Our Top Picks for a Healthy Pre-Fast Meal

Kosher.com Staff July 17, 2018

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This year, Tisha B’Av, a day of mourning for the Jewish people, falls out on Shabbat, which means the fast day is postponed to Sunday.

Instead of the usual Seuda Hamafseket, a regular Shalosh Seudot (the third meal on Shabbat) is the last meal before Tisha B’Av. (Click here for more information about the laws when Tisha B’Av is on Sunday.) Meat and wine may be served as well as many cooked dishes, and the hardboiled eggs and ashes of the Seuda HaMafseket are not served.

Nevertheless, this meal is not meant to be lavish or joyous. One should be sure to finish eating before sunset, and company should not be invited if one doesn’t usually have guests at this time.

Many people are used to serving a simple third meal on Shabbat, and it’s hard to figure out the right foods to serve when you need it to be more substantial. We’re here to help you find ideas for what to put on your menu!  Scroll down for simple, good food rich in complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats to keep you satisfied longer before the fast.


  1. Honey Whole Wheat Rolls by Faigy Grossman

  2. Best Whole Wheat Challah by Chavie
  3. Easy Whole Wheat Oatmeal Goodness Bread by Chana Miriam Perel
  1. Mini Spinach Pies by Brynie Greisman
  2. Super Salmon by Brynie Greisman
  3. Salmon a la Pasta by Faigy Grossman
  4. Lo Mein by Renee Muller
  5. Lemon Marinated Fish from the Nitra cookbook

  6. Pesto Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta by Nechama Norman
  7. Maple Glazed Salmon by Kiki Fisher
  1. Sweet Noodle Kugelettes by Brynie Greisman
  2. Portobello Caps with Quinoa by Chanie Nayman
  3. Florentine Muffins by Brynie Greisman
  4. Loaded Veggie Rice by Michal Frischman
  5. Diet Quiche from the Dining In cookbook
  6. Lukshen Cheese Kugel from the Dining In cookbook


  1. Layered Bulgur Salad by Brynie Greisman

  2. Creamy Caesar Salad by Rorie Weisberg

  3. Green Bean and Roasted Cherry Tomato Salad by Brynie Greisman
  4. Good Ol’ Guac by Avigail Maizlik
  5. Beyond Broccoli Salad by Brynie Greisman
  6. Basic Tuna Salad from the Nitra cookbook
  7. Creamy Pasta Salad by Estee Kafra
  8. Lemon and Poppy Seed Quinoa Salad by Estee Kafra
  9. Honeydew Cucumber Salad by Sina Mizrahi


  1. Easy, Healthy, and Delicious Blueberry Muffins by Miriam Stauber
  2. Healthy Whole Wheat Muffins with Dates and Almonds by Sina Mizrahi
  3. Healthy Apple Crisp by Beth Warren
  4. Chia Seed Peanut Butter Balls by Riva Fogel-Landy
  5. Banana Nut Butter Muffins by Rorie Weisberg