This Lunar New Year, enjoy your Chinese New Year snacks without the guilt with these healthy swaps that won’t compromise on taste or good fortune! And, you can grab them all in one place on Amazon!
Getting the whole family together and celebrating Chinese New Year is something everyone looks forward to but can often get quite hectic to plan. Amazon has long been our saviour for last-minute shopping (groceries are delivered in 2 hours on Prime Now, can you believe it?) plus it offers millions of products, convenience and great prices.
This Chinese New Year, you’ll be happy to know you can get all the CNY essentials with ease and enjoy deals across various categories on Amazon.sg and Amazon Prime Now. What’s more, you’ll also be able to find healthier alternatives for your CNY spread. With some clever healthy swaps, you and your family can make sure you’re not indulging in unhealthy fats (do you know how many calories are in some of those classic CNY goodies?!), but eating healthy alternatives of those auspicious CNY goodies that represent good luck and fortune! So how do you go about making your CNY feast healthier?
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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 steamed or baked version of spring rolls. Or opt for fresh summer rolls made with rice paper and healthy raw julienne vegetables. You can also check out the fresh produce selection on Amazon Prime Now! To get your summer rolls to resemble bars of gold as spring rolls do, brush them with a little water mixed with turmeric powder.
Easy prep tip: Use the same julienne vegetables from your yu sheng for the summer rolls, or vice versa.
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)!
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. It comes in lots of different flavours, from Ginger Lemon to Peach, and seriously tastes delicious — 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 (available on Amazon Prime Now app).
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 (available on Amazon Prime Now app) has no growth hormones or antibiotics, making it a much healthier choice. The Organic Lacto chicken is also available as mince (for dumplings), wings, drumsticks and more.
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 or make buckwheat dumplings using Bob’s Red Mill Organic Buckwheat Flour. Typically, dumplings include Chinese cabbage, green onion, pork and prawns – you can make your dumplings even healthier by going all vegetable with the filling.
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 Miracle Noodles or Konjac Noodles/Shiritaki which are zero calorie gluten free gelatinous noodles made from the konjac yam. Also try Simply Natural Organic Handmade Spinach Noodles – they’re organic and include 20% fresh spinach puree or brown rice noodles for wholegrain goodness.
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 (like raw or smoked salmon), 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 (also available on Amazon Prime Now) and importantly, swap out the usual ready-made, sugar-loaded plum sauce and make your own dressing sweetened with honey instead.
There’s no need to be a total saint on Chinese New Year and no reunion dinner is complete without some traditional CNY goodies. Shop from local-made products where you can – we like the sound of the hand made Mdm Ling Bakery Golden Yuan Yang Love Letters and the hand made Glory Pineapple Tarts with a melt in your mouth filling!
You can also bake your own goodies and that way you can control exactly what’s in your cookies or treats! Swap out the usual refined white sugar when making cookies like the traditional Almond cookies and instead use the healthier date sugar (which is made from nutritious sweet dates). You can find date sugar on Amazon.sg here.
Our last swap is an easy one. Swap brown rice in 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.
With Amazon, healthy living doesn’t need to be more expensive if you shop cleverly. Look out for all the great deals on offer for you and your family:
- 24-hour ‘HOSEH’ deals every Thursday till 23 Jan with up to 50% off on categories including grocery, beverage, and beer, wine and spirits
- Up to 20% off grocery brands like Heaven & Earth, Carlsberg, Dr Bragg, and Coca-Cola
- Buy 2 get 1 free on categories including books, kitchen and dining, beauty, electronic
- $20 off $60 on daily essentials on categories including beauty, baby, health, household & personal care, for brands such as Aquafresh, Aveeno, QV and Johnson’s Baby
- Free ang pow with minimum spend of $40
What’s more, on top of free domestic one-day delivery on Amazon.sg, Prime members can also enjoy free international delivery with no minimum from the Amazon Global Store during this festive period, so you can organise that CNY celebration without leaving the house – how’s that for efficiency and ease? You can also browse through their Chinese New Year store for festive must-haves and healthier alternatives.
Inspired to have a healthier Lunar New Year celebration? All the Chinese New Year essentials mentioned here can be conveniently found on Amazon Prime Now or Amazon.sg at great prices with just a click of a button, so start preparing for your healthiest Chinese New Year ever in 2020!
Gong Xi Fa Cai everyone!