While we often wish for good health (身体健康-shen ti jian kang) during Chinese New Year, it is admittedly quite difficult to keep up with our promises.
The assortment of mouth-watering CNY goodies that line the tabletop is just tooo irresistible – that we end up thinking with our stomachs rather than our heads.
By guilt-tripping ourselves with calorie counts.
Some statistics for reference before we start.
A bowl of white rice contains 225 kilo calories.
An average adult male requires 2200 kilo calories a day while a woman requires 1800.
The recommended sugar intake is 37.5g for men and 25g for women.
Bak Kwa: 301 kcal / 32g sugar
This deliciously sweet and savory meat jerky is a CNY staple, but do eat in moderation!
Pineapple tart: 82 kcal / 6.2g sugar
While 82 kilo calories does not seem like a lot, almost everyone is guilty of scoffing down one too many…
Kueh Bangkit: 15 kcal / 0.9g sugar
With only 15kcal per cookie, this melt in the mouth goodness could be your healthy alternative to pineapple tarts.
Love letters: 112 kcal / 4.7g sugar
Do think of the love handles you are growing when munching on love letters.
Kueh lapis: 237 kcal / 12.1g sugar
This Indonesian cake is layered with goodness. But it is also generously layered with butter fat and sugar.
Shrimp rolls: 23 kcal / 0.2g sugar
Especially high in saturated fat. Eat in moderation, or avoid entirely if possible.
Kueh Bahulu: 40 kcal / 4.5g sugar
These fluffy confectioneries are a reminiscent of childhood. But our beer bellies and lowered metabolism certainly isn’t.
While it is definitely not easy to keep within these guidelines, here are some tips to help you get through this CNY guilt free.
Healthy CNY Foods!
You may consider substituting these snacks with fruits instead, which are much lower in energy and also offer additional benefits.
Perhaps the fruit most closely associated with Chinese New Year.
Not only does it symbolize prosperity and good luck, it will also bless you with a healthy body with its high Vitamin C, fibre and antioxidant content.
Pomelos offer a multitude of health benefits. It is high in potassium, Vitamin C, dietary fibre and magnesium, all extremely beneficial for the body.