With the Chinese diet being so rich in fruit and vegetables there’s little cause for concern for a nation that has some of the fewest obesity cases per capita globally – however, during the 15 day Chinese New Year there is a growing trend among the overweight population of this nation to maintain a healthy diet during this celebration.
The following 10 steps therefore will help those during the 2 week holiday with their family and friends to help implement their Chinese New Year’s weight loss plan.
Drink plenty of orange juice as orange not just represents gold, but helps prevent water retention meaning your stomach will detox naturally helping to flush out all the toxins much like the Master Cleanse which is based on a lemon detox diet.
2. Fatt Choy
Known as black hair moss, fatt choy represents prosperity and while of little nutritional value it is an incredible soluble fibrous food, meaning it will keep you satiated longer as it gels with water and acts like an appetite suppressant.
3. Yu Sheng
This Chinese New Year’s salad is tossed high in the air to symbolize a rising fortune.
Yu Sheng is a Singaporean Chinese New Year’s raw fish salad which invented by 4 Master Chef’s in 1964 but is said to date back thousands of years and is tied into a fable of when a young boy and girl were stranded in bad weather and all they could find to eat were strips of raw carp and a bottle of vinegar and found it to be rather edible.
4. Nian Gao
Nian gao is a glutinous Cantonese style cake specifically cooked for the New Year and is a sticky sweet rice desert and one of the oldest foods in China dating back to over 7000 years ago.
5. Bak Kwa
Bak Kwa is considered a delicacy and is a salty sweet dried meat from the Fujian country and a similar taste to beef jerky.
Prepared with spices, sugar, salt and soy sauce, either mutton, pork or beef strips are dried on racks at around 50 °C to 60 °C and are rather moorish especially when prepared over charcoal.
6. Yuk Sung
Prepared Cantonese style, this pork lettuce wrap is a Chinese starter which is very popular as starters in Western restaurants and includes iceberg lettuce, carrot, celery, ginger, minced pork, oyster sauce, bean sprouts, mushrooms, sesame seed and soy sauce.
Another delicious Chinese dish which is low on calories.
Also known as pan fried pork and shrimp potstickers – or Chinese Potstickers – Gyoza as the Japanese call them since their popularity has shot through the roof and what they’ve now become known as in the West are handmade dumpling wrappers which if you avoid to much oil when they’re fried, you can eat a number of without the worry that their attributing to LDL cholesterol levels.
8. Chinese-Style Clams
These aromatic ginger, chilli steamed lala clams are stir fried for fragrance take no more than five minutes to cook and are incredibly healthy – full of Omega-3-fatty acids.
Just remember not to over cook the clams as they will end up all rubbery.
9. Steamed snapper with Soy, Ginger and Spring Onions
Snapper is really popular in South East Asia and is incredibly easy to cook.
Just gut and scale the fish and add 2 table spoons of soy sauce, grape seed oil with fresh white pepper and some thinly sliced spring onions and steam for 15 minutes.
Incredibly healthy and again full of the essential omega’s.
10. Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodles
This spicy traditional noodle dish contains preserved vegetables, mustard stems, chilli oil, minced pork and is again low on calories.
A popular street vendor dish, over the 15 day Chinese New Year period you will find if you consume many Dan-Dan noodle dishes you’ll be staying well within your BMI bracket.
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