Chinese New Year lasts 15 days, but the pigging out begins even earlier. This CNY, try not to break your 2019 resolutions to be healthier! You should not be eating indiscriminately – not only will the calories pile up, but your body also won’t receive the right nutrition, causing fatigue and illness.
It’s impossible to avoid unhealthy meals and snacks, especially when eating at relatives’ houses or restaurants, so you should make healthy choices where ever you can. This means being aware of what and how much you eat.
Let’s take a look at the damage from some traditional goodies, ranked from worst to, well, less bad…
1) YU SHENG
Don’t be fooled by all the vegetables and fruits – once you consider that some are candied, and add the sauces, this unavoidable delicacy tops the list at 436 calories per 300g serving! Try to take a little less during family meals, and be aware of how many calories you’ve consumed when you move on to the all-day snacking!
2) BAK KWA
The perfect combination of sweet and savoury, chewy with a slight crunch… One square piece alone will set you back 229 calories – more than a bowl of white rice (220 calories)!
3) PRAWN ROLLS / SHRIMP ROLLS
A single 5g roll contains about 25 calories. That doesn’t seem like much, but you’re likely to eat an entire handful, making this salty delight as bad as bak kwa!
4) NIAN GAO
Deep fried nian gao, although deeply satisfying, contains 226 calories. Steamed nian gao is about half that – slightly healthier, but still shouldn’t be indulged in too much.
5) KUEH LAPIS
So moist and chewy – but the high butter content is also a killer. A 35g slice has about 167 calories.
There’s nothing like crunching through some fish or prawn keropok. But even though it doesn’t sit heavily in your stomach, it weighs heavily on your calorie count. A 30g serving contains 135 calories.
7) LOVE LETTERS
A childhood favourite – you probably reach for these without thinking too much. But you should keep in mind that one paper-thin wafer contains 112 calories!
8) PINEAPPLE TARTS
A classic CNY treat you’ve been dreaming about all year! One simply isn’t enough, but a 20g open-faced pineapple tart contains a whopping 82 calories! Going back for four more exceeds ⅕ of women’s recommended daily calorie intake (and slightly less than ⅕ for men).
What you can do:
To minimise damage, choose foods that are lower in calories but also more filling and nutritious.