This year, I like to feature 8 types of many foods that symbolize good luck to the Chinese. And not to forget, wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year last for 15 days too, and the last day coincidentally fall on Valentine's Day.
Whole fish, 魚 (yú), has the same pronunciation as the word 餘, which is "remain or surplus", It meant having surplus to everything that we used -prosperity, luck and wealth for the rest of the year.
Nutritional point of view: Fish contains proteins and omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial for growth and to help lower LDL cholesterol.
Mandarin (瓯柑; ōugān) represent gold and wealth. It can be thought of harvesting gold and wealth into our possession. That is why the Chinese like to decorate their houses with mandarin orange plant.
Nutritional point of view: Mandarin Orange does contain fibers and vitamin C. A tips for you- keep the bioflavonoid (the white string that covers the mandarin orange) and it will help you absorb vitamin C more efficiently
Cashew nut (腰果, yāoguǒ) represent gold and money from the replicating of the nut shape that resemble ancient gold bar.
Nutritional point of view: Cashew nuts are packed with dietary fibers, vitamins and minerals plus rich in monounsaturated fatty acids that help lower LDL cholesterol and increasing good HDL cholesterols.
100g of nuts could give you 553 calories. Please be aware of the high calories of cashew nuts
Chinese garlic chives(韭菜, jiǔcài) symbolizes eternity and long life.
Nutritional point of view: These garlic chives too contain allicin, a compound found in garlic that helps lower cholesterol and are a rich source of folates, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Shitake, Black mushroom (冬菇; dōnggū) represent longevity.
Nutritional point of view: Shitake mushroom are known for its immune boosting properties, aids to slow cancer progression and are rich source of iron and vitamin B particularly panthothenic acid, B2, B6, niacin, choline and folate.
Rice cake (年糕; nián'gāo) bring good fortune and 'sweeten' the new year.
Nutritional point of view: Rice cake are made from processed rice flour with high amount of sugar. Despite the good meaning, taking a little bits of rice cake to sweeten your new year is advisable.
Peanuts (花生; huāshēng) symbolizes continuous growth and development of wealth and good fortune.
Nutritional point of view: Peanut contains resveratol, which is typically found in the red wine that makes red wine good for your heart. Be aware of the salted peanut for spike in your sodium intake.
Mixed vegetable (什锦蔬菜; shíjǐn shūcài) represent family harmony.
Nutritional point of view: Best dishes for Chinese New Year. Mixed vegetables contains vitamins and minerals, plus fibers and antioxidant that helps to provide not only the growth factor but also, prevent the development and progression of diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Plus, fibers help healthy weight management too.
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