This is how long you should exercise to burn off calories from Chinese New Year snacks
Some of these are deceptively higher in calorific value than they might first appear!
Ever wondered how much work you’d have to put in order to offset the Chinese New year goodies? We’ve compiled a list of common snacks at CNY and the calories burned walking so you don’t pile on any unwanted weight! And if you’re looking for some higher intensity exercise, we’ve included other calculations to consider!
The nutritional information is taken from the databases from the Health Promotion Board and MyFitnessPal.
We based our exercise information based on a woman weighing 55kg.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that these values are only estimates!
How many calories burned walking to enjoy 8 Chinese New Year snacks guilt-free
1. Pineapple Tarts
Every house will have pineapple tarts. As delicious as they are, take caution before you eat a handful – four pieces of these seemingly harmless goodies is the same as eating a bowl of rice!
Calories: 93 per piece
Calories burned walking: 60 minutes (for 4 pieces)
Calories burned from running on a treadmill: 45 minutes
2. Bak Kwa
Although these can be eaten all year round, you’ll find these Chinese versions of beef jerky when you visit houses. They’re sticky, chewy and yummy to boot. But each slice is like eating a bowl of rice. That’s a lot of calories! A healthier alternative for this Chinese New Year snack is grilled chicken skewers.
Calories: 370 calories per slice
Calories burned walking: 60 minutes
Calories burned doing Zumba: 45 minutes
3. Nian Gao
Everyone will eat fried nian gao at Chinese New Year. It’s popular because of the crispy outer layer that encases the sweet, sticky glutinous cake inside. Save yourself some room to eat by taking the stairs to work instead.
Calories: 190 calories per serving
Calories burned walking: 30 minutes
Calories burned from a stationary bike: 28 minutes (high intensity)
4. Love letters
These deceptively calorie-free snacks are actually more calorific than they look. The wafers might be thin but they pack 56 calories per piece.
Calories: 56 calories per serving
Calories burned walking: 17 minutes
Calories burned from swimming breaststroke: 15 minutes
5. Spring rolls
These are particularly dangerous for your weight! Each one is 23 calories per piece, and you’ll never be happy with just one. It’s high in saturated fat since it’s deep fried. If you like these, then be prepared to pay the price for calories burned walking!
Calories: 23 calories per piece
Calories burned walking: 7 minutes to burn off one piece
Calories burned playing badminton: 30 mins (3 pieces)
6. Kueh Bangkit
The biggest surprises come in small packages. Which is why kueh bangkit can be a killer when you’re trying to stay within your calorie allowance. It’s not the singular piece that is the danger, but the moreish factor that means you’ll likely eat a fair few!
Calories: 15 calories per piece
Calories burned walking: 4 minutes 30 seconds to burn off one piece
Calories burned from throwing a frisbee with friends: 8 minutes
7. Yu sheng
You’ll need to prepare yourself before seeing how many calories there are in yu sheng. Although it’s packed with natural fresh ingredients, they drizzle oil and other dressings which ups the calorie value through the ceiling.
Calories: 561 calories per serving
Calories burned walking: 2 hours 52 minutes
Calories burned from tidying up the house: 2 hrs 45 minutes
8. Peanut candy (brittle)
The popular snack is enjoyed by children and adults alike. It’s sweet and crunchy, making it very fun to eat. However, a single piece will require you to keep moving throughout the day to keep the pounds off.
Calories: 218 calories per serving
Calories burned walking: 45 minutes
Calories burned from painting your walls: 65 minutes