Fear not the CNY snacks!

Fear not the CNY snacks!

by Ashley Tan 15 Feb 2018

The Lunar New Year is here. While you are excited to see your family and friends to catch up with them over reunion dinners and huge social gatherings, you can’t help but feel this nagging sense of dread as well. How are you supposed to combat the temptation to reach out for those sinful pineapple tarts, when you know that they’re chock full of sugar and calories? In a bid to help you avoid mindless snacking, here are a few tips you can keep in mind during this festive holiday!  


1. Stay busy

Chinese New Year is always bustling with many activities, especially when you are surrounded by your loved ones. Instead of twiddling your thumbs or despondently sitting on the couch, find activities to busy yourself instead. Offer to play with your cousin’s toddler or set up a game of cards – not only will this keep your mind occupied and off the topic of food, but it can also provide you with an opportunity to make new memories and bond with the ones you hold dear.


2. Stick with your usual meal plans

Once you’ve established a routine, sticking to it becomes a lot easier. You don’t have to forego your routine and indulge without any restraint just because it’s the festive season. If you’re in the middle of a fat-loss phase, now’s the time to buckle down and stick to your guns. Cheat snacks are fine if the plan justifies it, but be sure to keep it under control as you would any other day and not let it blow up into an entire cheat weekend!


3. Pour your snacks onto a plate

Have you ever sworn to have only one cookie, only to find yourself devouring the entire jar without even realising it? To prevent this from reoccurring, try portioning out your snacks onto a plate or piece of tissue before you start eating, and resist the temptation to dig for more once you’ve demolished everything. This way, you’ll be able to consciously control the amount of food you eat.


4. Opt for healthier snacks

Choosing healthier snacks does not mean completely avoiding traditional Chinese New Year treats that taste finger-licking good – it just means picking the ones that contain less calories. For instance, peanuts, kueh lapis, and kueh bangkit are all healthier options that you can indulge in, guilt-free. Drinking lots of water while you’re snacking on these healthier options can also fill up your stomach more quickly and help suppress festive greediness!


5. Just treat yourself

In the spirit of the holidays, why not simply treat yourself rather than depriving yourself of the foods you’ve been craving since last year? By treating yourself to your favourite snacks in measured amounts, you’re less likely to binge on them later. Losing a protracted battle against snacking can lead to a larger rebound effect, so practicing tactical snacking can help when it comes to scratching that sinful itch without going overboard. Remember: it’s A treat and not treats, so keep the quantity to a minimum.


As with everything, taking a sensible and moderate approach to Chinese New Year goodies is fine as it allows you to occupy that middle ground between satisfaction and guilt. If you don’t trust yourself to stick to your resolution to eat more healthily this year, why not ask a trusted family member for some assistance by holding you accountable? Each time you go overboard – you lose a red packet. How’s that for tough love!