When I was much younger, being fat during the Chinese New Year equates to prosperity and a huge pinch on the cheeks, until I couldn’t fit into any pair of decent jeans.
In today’s context, you need to be both slim and fit. After all, this could be the only time you are showing off to your relatives and friends in the entire year.
So what’s stopping you? That very bag of bak kwa you queued up for an hour at Chinatown for. Before you continue munching on them while watching TV movie reruns, think about it.
One slice of Bak Kwa (pork) is 370kcal, and you would need to run for 47 minutes to ‘get rid’ of a single slice. #justsaying
One bowl of rice is about 200kcal.
For 3 pineapple tarts, that is a 31 min jog. Three seemingly harmless thin fluffy love letters would take 21 minutes as well.
Don’t you love yusheng? This ‘Chinese salad’ containing fresh vegetables and salmon does not seem to add inches to the waist. But that’s if it is without the oil, golden pillows and so much plum sauce.
A portion of 387 grammes of yusheng…. get ready for this… 42.6g fat, 15.5g sugar, 561 calories.
To put that into perspective, walking up and down the stairs for one hour would burn off 600 calories. Thankfully, that is usually shared, but I know of people eating a lot of yusheng treating it as ‘Chinese salad’.
According to Health Promotion Board (HPB), these are an estimated calorie intake for our favourite Chinese New Year goodies.
Snack (Portion size) – Calories
Yusheng (1 serving of 387g) – 561 (thankfully this is shared)
Peanut Crackers (3 rolls) – 418
Bak Kwa pork (1 slice) – 370
Pineapple Tarts (3 pieces) – 246
Kueh Lapis (1 slice) – 240
Shrimp Rolls (45g) – 228
Twisted Cookies (3 pieces) – 201
Love Letters (3 rolls) – 168
Roasted nuts salted (1 handful) – 123
Kueh bangkit (4 pieces) – 61
Mandarin Orange (1 orange) – 51
Nian Gao non-fried (1 piece) – 46
That single innocent looking pork bak kwa slice at 370 calories is ‘worth’ more than a prate with egg (288) and prawn noodle soup (293). Help!
The point of this post is not tell you NOT to eat, but take in moderation, and do exercise to balance off the extra intake.
Perhaps eat only those you really like and of reasonably good quality. No point grabbing a handful of mediocre tarts just to past time or pretending to act busy (lol does anyone do it?).
If not, help your mum with the household chores. Washing and cleaning burn a lot, yah? Happy and HEALTHY New Year everyone!
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