The Hebrew word kosher means “fit” or “proper.” When it comes to consuming and following a kosher diet there are specific definitions for what foods are considered kosher in each food group. According to the Jewish law "Kashrus", one of the basic principles is the total separation of meat and dairy products, as they cannot be cooked and or eaten together. All meat and dairy mealware is also kept separate. Pareve refers to neutral foods and are considered neither meat nor dairy and may therefore be eaten with either milk or dairy. All Milk and milk products from a kosher animal; milk, butter, yogurt and all hard and soft cheeses are kosher and dairy. OK Kosher certified products containing dairy are labeled with an (OK) D (D for dairy) symbol. Meat must come from a kosher animal and be processed (slaugthered) according to kosher law requirements. Breads, and grains must be baked by a Jew in a kosher home or kosher bakery or baked by a non-Jew professional baker under supervision of Jewish authorities. All fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and herbs are generally kosher as long as they have been carefully examined for insects. Canned, jarred, packaged freeze-dried fruits and vegetables should be labeled kosher or indicate that they are not made of any artificial flavors or colors. Most seafood such as shellfish, lobster, clams, sharks, etc., are not kosher excluding kosher fish. All fruits, grains, vegetables, water and minerals in their natural state are kosher and pareve. Eggs from kosher fowl are also pareve, as are fish. A pareve item acquires a dairy status when it is mixed together with a dairy food or produced on dairy equipment; it acquires meat status when mixed or cooked with meat or produced on meat equipment. OK Kosher certified products containing fish are labeled OK Fish or OK F. Most seafood such as shellfish, lobster, clams, sharks, etc., are not Kosher excluding kosher fish. If you have a child or adolescent who is struggling with keeping and eating a healthy kosher diet and needs a therapeutic diet or some nutritional guidance and intervention? Complete our “Nutritionomics” form, order this meal plan menu and our pedi-adolescent dietitian will design a custom kosher meal plan menu that fits your “keeping kosher needs”, is nutritionally balanced, age-appropriate, honors your child/adolescent’s food preferences along with some of our own nutritious kosher food recommendations.