Happy and Healthy Hanukkah

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The Hanukkah festivities are in full swing. You may be tempted to indulge in those typical holiday foods, but look at these numbers before you leap into a plate of gourmet goodies. Hanukkah lasts for eight days, and most of the traditional foods are fried in oil to honor the miracle of how long a small supply of oil lasted at the Temple of Jerusalem. That means fried latkes, fried pastries, fried cookies, fried sufganiyot (donuts). Just one two-ounce potato latke -- fried in oil -- will cost you a whopping 200 calories -- and that's before a dollop of sour cream at 30 calories per tablespoon. One cheese-filled blintz is 340 calories, while a jelly-filled sufganiyot is 300 calories and 15 grams of fat. A rugelach cookie is 100 calories, and one large matzo ball is 90 calories and 3 grams of fat. Can you really afford eight days of this fattening feast?