It goes without saying that all the oily and fatty festive food during Chinese New Year celebrations is probably not that great for you, but since we’re not going to abstain we thought we would discover some tips on how you can minimise the impact on your health.

Joshua Wong, Guardian Health & Beauty’s senior patient care pharmacist, has some answers on how you can have your pineapple tart, and eat it too …

Q: What remedies or precautions can help to make sure your digestion doesn’t go into overdrive from all that oily and fatty food?
“Oily and fatty food may slow down the emptying of the stomach and this can lead to indigestion and bloating. While prevention is always better than cure, it is not easy to skip such treats during Chinese New Year. So eat moderately and don’t consume excessive amounts of oily food if you do not want to suffer thereafter.

“After a heavy meal, you can take some over-the-counter (OTC) medicines such as antacids to relieve heartburn and indigestion. Digestive enzymes that are available over-the-counter can also be consumed after each meal to aid in the breakdown of the food. If symptoms persist, consult your pharmacist for some other pharmacy-only medication to help with your indigestion problems.

If you are made of much sterner stuff than the herworldPLUS team and think you can hold off on all the goodies, here are some tips on what to replace your  bak kwa and pineapple tarts with …

How to eat healthily during Chinese New Year celebrations DECOR

Q: Are there any healthy alternatives to Chinese New Year classics like bak kwa and
pineapple tarts?

“For most of us, Chinese New Year is a time of festive indulgence; but do bear in mind that certain classic Chinese New Year goodies (eg. BBQ pork slices or ‘bak kwa’, pineapple tarts, butter cookies, etc.) are heavily loaded with calories. A slice of ‘bak kwa’ can easily contain 300 calories while a small piece of pineapple tart are packed with 80 calories.

“So how can you still soak up the CNY mood and stay healthy? The following suggestions are alternative treats you can munch on without packing on the extra pounds

  • Nuts (e.g. peanuts, almonds, walnuts, pistachio nuts)
  • Seeds (e.g. melon seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)
  • Baked vegetable chips (e.g. yam, carrot, lady’s fingers, lotus root)
  • Unsweetened dried fruits (e.g. cranberries, apricot, persimmon)
  • Mandarin oranges

“The above-mentioned goodies are healthier alternatives, however as with everything, these snacks should be consumed in moderation as they do contain calories as well.