Bak Kwa Calories

It’s an irony to buy new clothes before Chinese New Year for the festival, only to binge on Chinese New Year goodies and not be able to fit into them after the festive season. Festive binging is common, and it is a temptation that is hard to resist.

Seriously, who is able to say no to bak kwa (barbecue meat) after smelling its aroma?

Before you open a new jar of pineapple tarts, these are the calorie count of some of the most common Chinese New Year goodies that you should know:

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Does This Mean We Should Abstain From Eating Chinese New Year Goodies?

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Well, the good news is you can still enjoy some of your favourite goodies without the worry of putting on weight.

For an average woman, the daily calorie food intake should be between 1200 and 1500 Kcal in order to maintain the current weight. If your new year resolution is to drop a few pounds and you don’t want the delicious snacks of this festive season to be a stumbling block, plan your meal carefully. Here’s an example you can consider:

Breakfast:

  • 1 mandarin orange or a bowl of fruits
  • 1 slice of nian gao
  • 1 piece of chicken bak kwa

Lunch:

  • 1 slice of steamed cod fish
  • Stir-fried broccoli with scallops
  • 1 piece of tang yuan

Snacks:

  • 1 love letter or kuih bangkit
  • Green tea
  • A handful watermelon seeds
  • Some pomelo

Dinner:

  • Steamboat with fish ball, dumpling, chicken breast meat, abalone slices, lean pork and a lot of vegetables and mushrooms. Avoid sweet dipping sauces.

You can use this handy list to count your calories

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Information from Marie France Bodyline

Additional tips to make sure you won’t over-eat

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Here are other tips to take note of:

  • Have frequent meals in small portions so you will not be too hungry and over-eat after main meals.
  • Eat in moderation. Prepare food with less oil and syrup.
  • Resist sugary drinks and take Chinese tea or plain water instead.
  • If you can’t give up Chinese New Year goodies, then forgo starchy foods like rice, noodles or bread in your meals.
  • Eat less than five pieces of Chinese New Year goodies per day.
  • Alternatively, opt for goodies with less calories, for example, instead of pineapple tarts and peanut and sesame candies, go for kuih bangkit or kuih bolu.
  • Choose lean protein food and plenty of vegetables for your main meals, as for snacks, go for fruits.
  • The urge to snack may be triggered by dehydration. Instead of reaching for another pineapple tart, have a glass of water instead and see if the craving dissipates.

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