Posted on | January 10, 2014 | No Comments
Chinese New Year is upon us again and I am always intrigued at the specials dishes or food which have a special meaning – they are often very auspicious, representing good luck, fortune, and health for those who enjoy them during the Lunar New Year!
One of the healthier options are the Mandarins which are thought to represent luck and prosperity as the pronunciation of its Chinese characters – ju (桔) – sounds like luck (吉). Also, its colour, orange, is the closest to gold.
And remember, when given as gifts during the period, it’s always best to give in a pair.
Nutrition information for 1 medium Mandarin (3 inch diameter)
- Energy: 45 calories
- Protein: 0.68 g
- Carbs: 11.21g
- Fat: 0.26g
- Dietary Fibre: 1.5g
On a Mandarin this size (based on a 2000 calorie / day diet) contains 37% Vitamin C, 11% Vitamin A and 3% Calcium.
My final advice (like always): Remember to always follow my additional recommendations every time you eat: Eat slowly, put your utensils down between bites and always stop when you feel 80% full because it’s better to waste it than to ‘waist’ it. Enjoy!
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