As the year of the Rooster arrives, the Lunar New Year celebrations (just like any other celebrations) comes with lots of delicious goodies to feast on. Although we do not advocate calorie-counting, it is good to know what you’re consuming over this New Year celebration so that you do not over indulge in empty calories and still have a balanced diet. Don’t forget our 5 tips on how to prevent the bulge, which is applicable for any holiday season!
Don’t worry…it’s not all bad and as mentioned above, this is just a rough guide so that you are able to control your snacking while visiting family and friends. Plus, there are a lot of hidden sugars in these foods so you may actually be consuming more than you ought to. Regardless, we wish you all a Happy New Year!
These sweet juicy Mandarin Oranges can come with up to 53 calories per orange (100 grams). You can burn them pretty quickly if you move around for only a few minutes though and they have fibre and Vitamin C, which makes this the best go-to snack besides presenting a pair to your relatives and friends.
These are a staple in every household’s goodies assortment and one cup of watermelon seeds amounts up to 108 calories, so eat them carefully! Nonetheless, it does take a bit of effort to crack them open so it might actually be worth the calories!
Who can resist Bak Kwa? This sweet, yet salty barbecued pork jerky is a staple of Chinese New Year and it’s honestly to die for, plus with all the fruits and the like it’s nice to also get some meat in there right? Well, as good as Bak Kwa is, it can also equate to seven bowls of white rice if you eat just three slices of them. Not just that but just one slice of Bak Kwa amounts to 179 calories, and it is not mainly protein but is quite high in sugars, so…sorry for ruining it.
These snacks have become a favorite for children and adult alike, thanks to their sweetness and consistency that resembles that of sponge cake, they are special treats better to have during the lunar new year. They’re not as innocent as you might think however, for as good as they are, each Bahulu is 40 calories. It’s still lighter than the other biscuits and snacks, but Kueh Bahulu is mainly flour, sugar and a bit of egg. Thus, that’s 40 calories of yumminess but little nutritional value.
These coconut cookies have become a definite crowd pleaser for Chinese New Year; they are sweet and tasty as can be. It can even be hard to put them down once you get started. Thankfully, even calorie-wise they fall on the low side of this list, with only 23 calories per piece although you shouldn’t eat too many if you want to enjoy a variety of goodies.
Pineapple Tarts have become a lot of people favorite Chinese New Year’s treats, they are, however, also pretty heavy on calories, just one piece of Pineapple Tart has a total of 82 calories, which isn’t as much as other entries but could easily become hard to keep up with if you eat more than three pieces. So, as delicious as they might, it might be best to not lose control so much around them.
Remember that the average calories a man should intake per day is about 2,000 while it is 1,500 for females. While you’re enjoying your Chinese New Year goodies, simply remember to keep a balanced diet, which to us means keeping your input and output relatively similar. No need to resist these yummy treats (who is able to do so?) and simply practice moderation!
Without further ado, we would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Lunar New Year. Huat ah!
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