Eat well for CNY

During the Lunar New Year period, various delicious festive food will be served. But most New Year foods are high in salt or sugar, so overeating is not beneficial. How can we eat happily and healthily during the Lunar New Year?


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Be mindful of when you eat: Proper meals vs Snacks
Be mindful of when you eat: Proper meals vs Snacks

Lunar New Year foods such as Chinese Crispy Pastry Dumplings and turnip cake are high in calories, and overeating will quickly lead to obesity. Eating these snacks during meal hours may reduce the desire to enjoy a regular meal. Remember, less is more! Lunar New Year food should be arranged as snacks between meals and not replace regular meals.

Share with others and control the amount of food eaten
Share with others and control the amount of food eaten

When eating Lunar New Year food, remember to share it with family members. Parents can also buy small and individually packaged snacks to control the amount of food children eat. Children should not eat more than 150 kcal of snacks each time, which is roughly equivalent to two pieces of steamed sticky rice cakes, one and a half slices of fried moist rice cakes, three fragments of steamed turnip cakes, three sesame or peanut glutinous rice balls, three sesame cookies, etc.

Don't underestimate other fried foods like sesame doughnuts, crispy pastry dumplings, arrowhead chips and taro balls, as the proportion of trans fat will increase after frying. One taro ball (~27.5 g) has 145 kcal calories, and eating two pieces is equivalent to about one bowl of white rice.

Healthy alternatives for CNY
Healthy alternatives for CNY

Parents can put healthy New Year's treats in the candy box, including plain nuts, seeds and dried fruits (without added oil, salt and sugar), and put fewer candies with high sugar, such as chocolate or fruit juice candies. When eating pastries, you can steam them or reheat them in a microwave oven instead of decocting them, and try not to eat them with sauce.

Other tips to stay healthy during CNY
Other tips to stay healthy during CNY

Tips to stay healthy eating during CNY:

  1. Be aware of your diet
  2. Limit alcohol intake
  3. Drink enough water
  4. Replace traditional Lunar New Year food with healthy food
  5. Arrange exercises to your daily schedule
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