Stay Fabulous for the Holiday Season

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If the festive season means diet debauchery, abandoned fitness regimens or even six-hour TV marathons to you, it doesn’t have to be this way at all. With a little forward planning and a smidgeon of self-discipline, it’s perfectly effortless to enjoy a happy Christmas& enter the New Year feeling fit, not fat. Here are some handy tips tosurvive the festive season.

Christmas

Christmas is indeed a joyous season of gifting and feasting, but beware, choose the right food to indulge in, or risk receiving some unwanted present (expanding waistline). Fortunately, we could still indulge in our favourite turkey!

The Christmas’ roast actually offers a myriad of benefits, as it is one of the leanest meats around (1 portion, 90 g=170 kcal). It also provides an excellent source of protein, along with selenium and zinc which support the immune system. Even its skin is good too, as it contains healthy mono-unsaturated fats which aids in lowering risks of heart diseases.

New Year

Cheers-ing to Year 2017? You might want to ditch that glass of red wine in your hands, and pop open some bubbly champagne instead.

It turns out the champagne flute is more than beauty alone. The fluted glass (4 ounces), keeps your champagne serving smaller than most red or white wine goblets. Moreover, a glass of champagne (150 g) packs 97 calories, while the same serving of red wine delivers 102 calories. Like red wine, polyphenols are also found in champagne. Hence, champagne may be beneficial for improving cardiovascular health, and reducing the damage of free radicals.

Lunar New Year

Also known as Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, Lunar New Year is indisputably the most important event for the Chinese. The core of Lunar New Year is ultimately a celebration of home and family, hence gatherings with family & relatives over traditional New Year treats are de riguer.

Nian Gao is a popular new year treat, and though a slice of it (20 g) may seems harmless (46 calories for steamed, 88 calories for fried), but too often we ended up with a high calorie price, thanks to the gluttony in us.

Move over from your sticky relationship, and go orangey this season. Orange is by far the healthiest Chinese New Year snacks, as they are unprocessed, low in calories (51 kcal), high in vitamin and minerals. The best part is, it fills you up without all the guilt!

3 Simple Recipes for any party

Having trouble whipping up something tasty, simple and healthy for your party guests? Why not try these recipes that are not only suitable for all season but also allow you to enter the occasion in a clean slate? The best thing is they add up to be below 500 calories!

  1. Dessert - TuttiFruitti Pizza (Serves 8)

1/2 cup F&N Alive Low Fat Renew Yoghurt (Original)

1 teaspoon honey

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

8 (triangle) slices watermelon

½ cup halved strawberries

30 g cubed persimmon

½ cup cubed kiwi

½ cup halved blackberries

 

Directions:

Combine yogurt, honey and vanilla in a small bowl (Mixture)

Spread the mixture evenly over all the watermelon slices, and decorate with the fruits

Refrigerate before consumption or enjoy immediately

 

Nutrition Information (Per Slice):

Calories: 29.59 kcal, Protein: 0.57 g, Carbohydrates: 6.86 g, Fat: 0.23 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Saturated Fat: 0.07 g, Fibre: 0.74 g, Sugar: 4.23 g, Sodium: 4.29 mg

Source from: sheknows.com

 

  1. Drink - Weekend Mojito (Serves 5)

3 packets of Vita Coco Juice or 1 litres of Pure Coconut Water

1 lime

1 peach (sliced)

200 ml Sparkling Water (Plain)

10 mint sprigs

 

Directions:

Mixture: Mix coconut juice and sparkling water in a pitcher (keep refrigerated for 2 hours)

Slice the peach into 10 even pieces

Cut the lime into 5 wedges

In each glass, add 2 mint leaves, 1 lime wedges and 2 slices of peach

Smash up the peach to impart the flavour

Top up each glass with the mixture and stir gently

Garnish with additional lime wedges, peach, and mint

 

Nutrition Information (Per Slice):

Calories: 51.79 kcal, Protein: 0.37 g, Carbohydrates: 13.29 g, Fat: 0.10 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Saturated Fat: 0.01 g, Fibre: 0.83 g, Sugar: 11.74 g, Sodium: 13.49 mg

Source from: Uprootkitchen.com

 

  1. Main - Papaya & Olive Rice Salad (Serves 2)

3 cups cooked brown rice

1/4 cup chopped papaya

3 tablespoons pitted ripe olives, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted

Lettuce leaves

1 papaya, seeded and cut into wedge

 

Directions:

In a large bowl combine cooked rice, papaya, olives, chives, vinegar, and oil; toss to combine.

Serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 6 hours.

Just before serving, stir in almonds. Serve on lettuce-lined plates with papaya wedges

 

Nutrition Information (Per Slice):

Calories: 357 kcal, Protein: 8 g, Carbohydrates: 57 g, Fat: 12 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Fibre: 5 g, Sodium: 55 mg

Source from: New Dieter’s Cookbook

 

Recipes for Lunar New Year

  1. Rainbow Yu Sheng (Serves 5)

For dressing

140 g Non-fat fruit yoghurt

1 tsp honey to taste


For yu sheng

Juice from 2 limes
Salmon slices (as desired)
80g Japanese cucumber, julienned
80g carrot, julienned
80g apple, julienned
80g white radish, julienned
80g honeydew, julienned
80g purple cabbage, julienned
50g Mandarin orange

150g raw salmon (sashimi grade)

 

Sprinkles

30g unsalted nuts (crushed)

1 packet wholemeal biscuit

 

Directions:

To prepare dressing: Combine ingredients in mixing bowl, stir well and set aside.

On large round plate, assemble all the ingredients, pour the dressing over

Sprinkle the topping over the ingredients, toss and serve fresh

 

Nutrition Information (Per Slice):

Calories: 210 kcal, Protein: 7.6g, Carbohydrates: 23.9 g, Fat: 10.7 g, Fibre: 3.7 g, Sodium: 112mg

Source from: Shape

 

  1. New Year Steamed fish (Serves 2)

1 piece (550 g) white pomfret

1 piece szechuan pickle (washed, soaked & shredded)

1 piece young ginger

1 piece red chilli (sliced)

20 g shimeji mushroom

Spring onion: 3 stalks (shredded)

1 bottle of BRANDS chicken essence

 

Seasoning: (mix well)

3 tbsp water

1 tbsp sesame oil

4 Sour plum pickles

1 tbsp low sodium soya sauce

1 tsp sugar

 

Directions:

Clean fish, place fish onto a steaming plate

Spread sze-chuanpickle,youngginger,redchilli,fresh mushroom over fish

Pour seasonings overfish

Steam for 15 min at high heat or till fish is cooked, turn off heat

Remove, pour 1 bottle of chicken essence over fish

Sprinkle spring onion shreds on top and serve

 

Nutrition Information (Per Slice):

Calories: 326.3 kcal, Protein: 31.4 g, Carbohydrates: 15.4 g, Fat: 14.9 g, Fibre: 3.1 g, Sodium: 579.6 mg

Source: Huiji

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