5 Healthy Recipes to Ring in the Lunar New Year

Apicha Community Health Center Feb 01, 2019  

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The Year of the Pig is almost here! The Lunar New Year, which is on February 5, marks for many Asian cultures and communities the start of a new year. Each lunar year is also tied to a zodiac animal -- and this year will be that of the pig.

Along with numerous traditions and celebrations during Lunar New Year, food plays a large role during this time as well. As we get ready to celebrate the Lunar New Year, here are a few traditional Asian dishes with a healthy spin.

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1. Extra-veggie brown fried rice: Similar to traditional fried rice, this recipe adds on more veggies (which are good for you), and uses brown rice to give this dish a healthier punch.


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2. Beef and broccoli stir-fry: This savory dish reduces the number of ingredients, sodium, and sugar levels. You can also use a gluten-free soy sauce as well.  


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3. Crispy baked veggie wontons: Instead of a traditional fried wonton, this recipes calls for baking wontons. Baking reduces the amount of oil used while cooking, which reduces the amount of fat and cholesterol you're consuming. Give it a try!


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4. Gluten- free Fa Gao: Fa Gao, also known as Chinese New Year Prosperity Cakes, are definitely a staple in celebrating the Lunar New Year. This recipe is gluten- and dairy-free, and substitutes regular refined sugar, for coconut sugar.


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5. Vegan sesame seed balls: Another well-known Chinese dessert, this recipe for sesame seed balls is vegan, gluten-, and soy- free. But still delicious!


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