Love Chinese New Year snacks but want a healthier way to enjoy the celebrations? With these 8 hacks, you can have an auspicious healthy CNY – plus there’s no stress as everything’s available on Amazon!
The socialising and the feasting at Chinese New Year is something everyone looks forward to but all those pineapple tarts and deep-fried spring rolls can take their toll on your waistline and health! So we have come up with eight hacks to make your CNY celebrations healthier – because if there’s one thing the pandemic has taught us, is that health is wealth!
The best news is, being healthy doesn’t have to be complicated as you can shop for everything CNY related plus daily essentials and fresh and frozen groceries and more on Amazon.sg and Amazon Fresh (the recently refreshed ultrafast 2-hour grocery delivery service – read all about it here).
Why Amazon? Because there are amazing CNY deals featuring local and international brands for the whole family across food and drinks, home, kitchen, cleaning essentials, beauty, more, plus they are collaborating with lots of great local brands to bring you CNY goodies that #supportlocal. On top of that, you get to enjoy convenient, fast, and safe delivery. Everyone can enjoy a free 2-3 day delivery on Amazon.sg for eligible orders above $40, while Prime Members can enjoy free next-day delivery on Amazon.sg for eligible orders and free two-hour delivery on Amazon Fresh.
Without further ado, let’s take a look at how you can have a stress-free healthier, yet equally delicious Chinese New Year!
8 swaps to enjoy CNY the healthier way:
While spring rolls are a necessary fixture for reunion dinners, these deep-fried treats are fairly high in saturated fat. Instead, try making a much healthier air fried version of spring rolls with an air fryer from Amazon.sg. Or opt for fresh summer rolls made with rice paper and healthy raw vegetables made with fresh carrots, cucumber, and other veg from Amazon Fresh. This is also where you can find a heap of fun kitchen gadgets plus everything you’ll need for the household from kitchen tongs to non-stick pans. Can’t find what you are looking for on Amazon Fresh? You’ll definitely find it on Amazon.sg which has a wider selection of appliances and household gadgets (we love our spiralizer which will come in handy when cutting veg for yu sheng, spring rolls or zucchini noodles) delivered free the next day for Prime Members on eligible orders!
Alcohol is the second most calorie-rich nutrient after fat, as beer is loaded with a similar amount of calories as sugary soft drinks, and red wine can have twice as much (source)! So try kombucha instead! This naturally effervescent fermented tea is rich in beneficial probiotics and contains healthy antioxidants (all-natural sweetener). Remedy Organic Kombucha is made with natural organic flavours and sweetened with organic stevia — serve it in champagne glasses for a healthy bubbly alternative. Love the taste of your tipples too much to let them go? Try an alcohol-free beer or wine like Heineken 0.0% Zero Alcohol Beer or Torres Sangre De Toro Red wine (Syrah Garnacha) 0.0% Zero Alcohol.
And remember if you order on Amazon Fresh, hit purchase and then realise you have forgotten something, you can always add it on afterwards! Read about this great function here!
Serving a whole chicken at your Lunar New Year feast represents reunion and rebirth. Chicken is a rich source of protein, and is especially healthy when steamed or poached. Kee Song’s Organic Lacto Whole Chicken has no growth hormones or antibiotics, making it a much healthier choice. Their Organic Lacto chicken is also available as mince (for dumplings), wings, drumsticks. If you decide you want to make dumplings you can buy the ingredients online with Amazon Fresh and have them to your door in 2-hour delivery blocks on the same day for free (for orders over $60)!
Eating dumplings during Lunar New Year is a tradition said to bring wealth and prosperity. Make your own dumplings so that you know exactly what’s in them. Why not get everyone in the fam – kids included – involved in making them for a proper bonding activity? If you go the DIY route you can even make gluten-free dumplings if someone in the family has an allergy – try Orgran All Purpose Gluten-Free Plain Flour. Typically, dumplings include Chinese cabbage, green onion, minced pork and prawns all available on Amazon Fresh!
Swap out the usual white high carb wheat noodles for healthier zucchini noodles (aka zoodles). You’ll need a spiralizer to cut the zucchini into noodles but it’s super easy and you can make very long noodle strands — and we all know long noodles are the key to a long life! If you aren’t a fan of zoodles try Konjac Noodles/Shiritaki which are zero calorie gluten-free gelatinous noodles made from the konjac yam.
If there’s one dish that epitomises CNY celebrations it has to be yu sheng – an unmixed salad made up of different shredded vegetables, raw fish, peanuts, fried crisps, and plum sauce which are then tossed together by everyone while auspicious wishes are said out loud. Make your yu sheng a healthier one this year by making your own salad of shredded organic cabbage, carrots, radish, cucumber and pickled ginger. Swap peanuts for healthier raw unsalted almonds, swap fried wontons for Oh So Healthy Kimchi Crisps and importantly, swap out the usual ready-made, sugar-loaded plum sauce and make your own dressing sweetened with honey instead.
If you make your own cookies and goodies you can find healthier alternatives to your favourite CNY snacks or try reducing the sugar or using a healthier sugar like date sugar where possible. Looking for inspiration on CNY dishes? Amazon Fresh’s recipe page now features CNY-themed dishes such as Buddha Jump Over the Wall and Cornflakes Cookies and more. Once you find a recipe you want to recreate you can easily purchase the respective ingredients for the recipe at the bottom of the recipe page.
The next best thing to making your own is supporting local! Amazon Singapore is collaborating with lots of local businesses to bring you CNY goodies. Look out for Janice Wong’s chocolates, Bakkwa from Fragrance, Bee Cheng Hiang, Pineapple Tarts from Glory Food, Sing Long Foodstuff and Salted egg snacks from The Golden Duck.
Our last swap is an easy one. Swap brown rice for white rice where you can. Brown rice is a whole grain that contains the bran and germ, while white rice is a refined grain. Brown rice, therefore, has more fiber and is also packed with more nutrients like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, selenium, copper, and potassium, making it a good healthy accompaniment on your table. Try an Organic Brown Rice or even a mixed rice like the Naturel Organic Brown and Red Rice, with brown and red rice for a nutty colourful bowl of goodness.
Great CNY Prices on Amazon
With Amazon, healthy living doesn’t need to be more expensive if you shop cleverly from the great deals on offer on Amazon.sg and Amazon Fresh:
- From 20 Jan to 9 Feb: Enjoy $20 off $60 on Daily Essentials across Health and Personal Care, Beauty, Baby, Pets, Personal Care appliances from brands such as Aveeno, Dove, Neutrogena, Palmolive and more
- From 1 Feb to 7 Feb: Save up to 20% off grocery and kitchenware on brands such as Heineken, Tong Garden, Ooh SG, Sistema and more
- From 8 Feb to 14 Feb: Save up to 30% on categories from brands such as Kronenbourg, The Golden Duck, Tefal and more
CNY Deals on Amazon Fresh, exclusive to Prime members, include:
- From 25 Jan to 26 Feb: Save up to 25% off hotpot essentials – Buy 4 get extra 8% off, buy 8 get 18% off from brands such as Hai Di Lao, The Meat Club, Hai Sia, Pacific Food and more.
Remember to check if there are special deals with bank promotions from Citi, DBS/POSB, HSBC, Mastercard, Standard Chartered, UOB, and Visa available during this festive season.
Best of all? If you’re an Amazon Prime Member (there’s a free 30-day trial, then it’s just $2.99/month) – you’ll not only get to enjoy all the delivery perks and access to Amazon Fresh. You’ll also benefit from nice little extras like access to Prime Video and Prime Gaming!