Meatless Monday: Purple Passover Juice

By: Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Passover is here! A traditional holiday celebrated across the globe each spring, families and friends gather for a ritual dinner ceremony called the Seder and enjoy numerous glasses of purple or red wine (or grape juice for those who choose not to imbibe).  

This year, up the nutrient intake at your Seder and include fresh juice to celebrate this tradition!  This Passover Purple Juice is a perfect addition. Not only is it bursting with flavor it also boasts potent phytonutrients like the antioxidant anthocyanin, linked with helping to reduce cancer risk, inflammation, age-related memory loss and cognitive function.  Blackberries even have a higher ORAC score, a measure of antioxidant status, than blueberries! I know I’ll be having a glass of it at tonight’s dinner!

Blackberries also contain Vitamin C, fiber and ellagic acid.  Ellagic acid is best known for its anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. Preliminary research also highlights its potential for combating obesity by blunting the inflammatory and oxidative stress related metabolic effects of high carbohydrate and high fat meals.  

Since fruits & veggies are naturally Kosher for Passover, here are a few more recipes to try this season, full of produce you’re likely to find on your Seder plate, like horseradish and parsley!

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2 cups (500 ml) blackberries
2 cups (500 ml) black or purple grapes
2 in (5 cm) piece of fresh ginger root


  1. Wash produce well.
  2. Remove stems from grapes.
  3. Juice.
  4. Pour over ice and enjoy!


  • Blackberries:  black raspberries, blueberries
  • Black/purple grapes:  red grapes
  • Ginger: lemon

Servings: 1

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN; Reboot Nutritionist

Stacy is a Board Certified Specialist in Oncology Nutrition and an Integrative Nutritionist. She consults for various companies, focusing on health, wellness and innovative strategies to help increase individual’s fruit and vegetable intake. Stacy is an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Health Fitness Specialist; she holds a BS degree in Dietetics from Indiana University, completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, and earned a Masters in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School teaching affiliates, in Boston, MA, with more than 20 years of experience. Stacy created and now serves as project manager and lead writer for nutrition services content on the Dana Farber website and the affiliated, nationally recognized nutrition app. Stacy is regularly featured on TV, radio, print and social media on behalf of Dana Farber and other organizations. Together with her husband, Dr. Russell Kennedy PsyD, they have a private practice, Wellness Guides, LLC. Stacy is an adjunct professor in Wellness and Health Coaching at William James College, currently teaching a graduate course in Health Coaching. Stacy is featured in the award winning documentary films, “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead” and “Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead 2,” and serves on the Reboot with Joe Medical Advisory Board. Stacy lives in Wellesley with her husband, two sons and three dogs. She enjoys cooking, yoga, hiking and spending time with friends and family. Stacy is also one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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