Check out 10 delicious Chinese New Year snacks that are both tasty and healthy, that you can enjoy without the guilt this Lunar New Year!
Many of us are already counting down to the upcoming Chinese New Year celebration. Reuniting with relatives and friends is always something that we look forward to especially when the special day is filled with food, family, and fun tales!
If you’re one to prepare early, you may have already started creating a mood board for OOTDs, planning what food to cook if you are hosting, how many angpaus to give, whom to invite throughout the celebration period, and so on.
But while you are busy thinking about others, don’t forget to also think about yourself and how you can stay healthy during Chinese New Year, especially if you have that “new year new me” resolution to stick to. Otherwise, just let your hair down and enjoy the festive moments with your loved ones!
A simple guide to healthy snacking during Chinese New Year
Although many would be more concerned about the calorie-dense Chinese New Year food spread on the table, its easier to control the food portion when you know what and how much you are putting on your table, compared to the bite-size cookies that are most likely to be high in carbs as their main ingredients are sugar and flour.
But don’t worry! Here’s how you can still enjoy the delicious snacks during CNY gatherings to prevent you from guilt-tripping yourself later!
So, what are the most popular Chinese New Year snacks, and how many calories do they have per piece(source: MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter mobile app)? These calories are units of energy released when your body breaks down food.
The more calories a food contains, the more energy it will provide to the body. However, if you have excess energy stored without being used, the body will then store
For context, the World Health Organization (WHO) and Malaysian Dietary Guidelines recommended that Malaysians’ sugar consumption should not exceed 10 teaspoons in a day (50g). In scientific terms, each gram of this empty carbohydrate yields 4 calories in kcal value. That’s excluding the carbs in the flour used to make the snacks.
But don’t bore your mind with the macronutrient part. Let’s see how many calories each snack contains:
Now that you have the number of calories for the delicious snacks, here is a rough estimation of how many minutes you need to exercise after eating a piece of snack.
Again, you don’t have to pressure yourself to burn what you eat straight away. Just chillax and get back on track when you’re done celebrating or when you feel like you’re ready to get back to it. For now, think about how best to maximize the time with your family and loved ones once the Chinese New Year celebration kicks in!
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