Chinese New Year And Diabetes – Try These Healthier Recipes!

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Chinese New Year (CNY) is around the corner and most of us are getting geared up for a day of eating, greeting relatives and of course collecting the much-awaited red packets!

But Chinese New Year, like other major holidays, can be a trying time for diabetics. Amidst all the peanut cookies and pineapple tarts, it’s hard to lose count and that can be damaging for blood glucose levels. It can be tough to resist all the goodies the new year brings along with it, but it’s important to keep a check on what you eat during the holiday rather than eating mindlessly. You may also want to prepare some healthier options for yourself which are low carb and low in calories.

Here are some healthy options for you to prepare for yourself if you are going into Chinese New Year with diabetes:


Honey Grilled Chicken Bak Kwa instead of Bak Kwa (肉干)

Bak Kwa vs Honey Grilled Chicken Bak Kwa
Bak kwa (肉干), perhaps the most awaited CNY treat is also one of the worst ones when it comes to nutritional value.

1 slice of Bak Kwa is a whopping 170 calories and 3 slices are almost equal to eating 7 bowls of rice! Try this healthier version of bak kwa using chicken breast which saves you around half the calories and 7 grams of fat!


 Steamed Nian Gao instead of Fried Nian Gao (年糕)

Fried Nian Gao vs Steamed Nian Gao
Ok let’s admit it – fried nian gao (年糕) is the most indulgent sweet treat to eat during Chinese New Year and it is certainly delicious. But at 233 calories a slice, it’s not a good option for your blood sugar reading.

Steaming your nian gao can save you around half the calories and fat. Here’s a healthier version of your favorite new year cake.


 Oven Baked Banana Chips instead of Fried Banana Chips

Fried Banana Chips vs Oven Baked Banana Chips
Chips made out of bananas? They must be healthy right? If they are anything like the ones served on a traditional chinese new year day – probably not!

These chips are made by deep frying bananas and then coating them with honey or syrup resulting in a shocking 510 calories per 100grams. Preparing your own baked banana chips can save you around 350-400 calories. Try this easy recipe before hand for a healthier snack to munch on during CNY.


Read More: What To Know About High And Low Blood Sugar


 Pandan Chiffon Cake instead of Kueh Lapis

Kueh Lapis vs Pandan Chiffon Cake
Kueh Lapis is delicious and it’s a delicacy – a true thousand layer CNY treat. Unfortunately it’s anything but a treat for your blood sugar levels.

Kueh lapis is prepared with copious amounts of butter and at 157 calories a slice, it’s not doing any favours to our health. Substitute a healthier pandan chiffon cake to your CNY sweet list which saves you an easy 60 calories per piece.


Dark Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices instead of Pineapple Tarts (凤梨酥)

Pineapple Tarts vs Dark Chocolate Dipped Mandarin Slices
Pineapple tarts (凤梨酥) are a staple during CNY but if you are looking out for your blood sugar levels and health in general, this treat is not the best choice.

Each pineapple tart is 62 calories and a regular serving with 2 cookies can set you back 124 calories. If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, try out these delicious dark chocolate dipped mandarins. Around half a cup of these delicious mandarins is 100 calories and you’ll have good use of your extra mandarins as well!

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