Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, this is one of the most important Chinese holidays and certainly the longest. It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and is a holiday that honors household and heavenly deities as well as ancestors.
This year, we enter the year of the Ox, twelve years after it’s last rolled around. During this celebration, people get together with family and share blessings and abundance with loved ones. They forget about work and school and instead watch the sky light up, exchange large sums of money and indulge in a ton of food.
Our wish for you this Chinese New Year is to enjoy with those closest to you. It's a year where everything around us is different. So ahead of the upcoming celebrations, we’d like to share a few resources with you that will help you navigate through this wonderful holiday - covering family and food, but also a sense of being grounded and mindful.
From us to you, here are some useful resources - or gold bags from the past, if you will.
1. How to maintain healthy habits
While we love the gatherings with those dear to us and all the delicious dishes, we tend to get carried away by it all. It's easy to forget the fact that while Chinese New Year is a time for celebrations, it is no reason to abandon healthy habits!
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2. What to eat while staying healthy during Chinese New Year
Next, let’s talk food. First things first - educate yourself. Eat, but eat mindfully! Over-indulging in the various calorie bombs that are hidden under the guise of yummy New Year tid-bits are a common occurrence. Unfortunately, only upon returning to our daily routines in school or work do we realise the weight gain from all the munching! While you should enjoy the New Year delights, let’s see how we’re able to help you make healthier choices.
- Chinese New Year snacks you love with their corresponding nutritional value
- Chinese New Year Snacks: The Calorie Culprits
- Must-Have Chinese New Year Foods
- How To Eat Healthy & Still Enjoy Yourself At Big Occasions
- The Mooncake Dilemma – Our Health & Wellness Expert Weighs In On This
- 7 Secrets To Not Gaining Weight At Chinese New Year Dinners
- 8 Chinese New Year Snacks For Vegans
- Chinese New Year Meal Traps You Should Be Aware Of
- Huat Ah! 5 Measures to Stay Healthy During Chinese New Year
3. Favorite recipes with healthy twists
With Chinese New Year reunion dinner just around the corner, now’s the time to plan the menu. Festivities are usually the time to indulge. We love these recipes that let you do just that - while staying healthy.
- Chinese Almond Cookies: Just as good as the traditional recipe, but much healthier!
- Braised Mushroom & Sea Cucumber With Broccoli
- DIY Healthy Dipping Sauces: The sauce can make all the difference.
- Yee Sang: Tossing Tradition For A Healthier Twist
- Raw With Chef Yin - Raw Vegan Yee Sang
- 4 Easy Healthy DIY Drinks To Keep You Cool This Chinese New Year
4. How to make the best out of your time together
We're all familiar with how busy life can get – studies, work, errands, and the little things that add up and just occupy your time. Chinese New Year is one of those valuable opportunities for us to unwind and spend time with our loved ones.
Even if this year will be different due to the pandemic, you can still try most of these tips, just on a smaller scale.
Wishing you a healthy happy prosperous Chinese New Year!