One of the most well-known customs of the holiday of Hanukkah is the eating of fried foods, most notably latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).

In recent years, and especially in Israel, the makers of the sufganiyot have gotten very creative and the good old jelly doughnut has been supplemented by a wide variety of delicious - and fattening - flavors.

But as tasty as these doughnuts can be, where do parents draw the line with their children and how do they tell them they’ve eaten too much?

“As parents we have to make some tough calls,” says Dr. Reuven Dressler, a Jerusalem-based family physician. “Everybody should have a lot of fun, eat all the traditional foods - that’s fine - but maybe have half a sufganiya, not a whole one. Maybe one latke, not three, four, five, six seven. That’s as far as we go.”

As for our children, Dr. Dressler told Arutz Sheva, “The kids are going to eat whatever’s on the table, so our job is to let them have that holiday experience, that’s fantastic and that’s the right thing to do, but at the same time, maybe instead of placing a whole pile of latkes, maybe place just a couple and offer some healthy alternatives. Salads, pasta, rice, whatever it may be.”

For parents, it is very easy to let the children “go with the flow” and have fun with the holiday customs, but “the fact is they need us to come in and make some boundaries”, he added.

“Everybody should have a little bit of what makes their heart happy, that’s fine,” said Dr. Dressler, “but to go above and beyond and eat your fifth sufganiya - you don’t have to be a doctor to say that’s not healthy.”