12 CNY Snacks To Buy Based on Your Loved One’s Health Conditions

Finding the right CNY snacks for someone with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol? Check out where you can buy them!

by L.H.

As Chinese New Year swings around again, thoughts of red packets and festive feasting are likely to be on your mind—but hopefully not on your waistline this January. While many of us look forward to indulging in our favourite snacks and treats as an annual extravagance, those of us with loved ones with health conditions will know that it’s tough to make sure they still enjoy their Chinese New Year while keeping watch on their health.

Here at Homage, we’ve curated a list of Chinese New Year snacks that your loved ones can enjoy in moderation—whether they have diabetes, high cholesterol, or high blood pressure. 

Read on to discover our recommendations!

For Diabetics

When it comes to finding the right snacks for our loved ones with diabetes, suitable options are snacks that are made with less sugar, those made from sugar alternatives, and snacks that are low in carbohydates.

Here are some deliciously healthy options for a family member who has diabetes. 

1. Kueh Bangkit

Kueh Bangkit as CNY snacks based on your loved one's health condition

Source: Royal Bakery

Usually made from tapioca flour, eggs, pandan leaves, coconut milk and sugar, Kueh Bangkit, like Royal Bakery’s award-winning Kueh Bangkit, is a fan favourite at Chinese New Year gatherings. The great thing about Kueh Bangkit is that each piece usually contains less than one gram of sugar together with the rest of the natural ingredients, making it a great low-sugar option for diabetics.

Price range: $16.39

Address: N/A — online sales only 

Opening Hours: N/A

Contact number: 8882 2637

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2. Dried Cuttlefish

Source: Umeya

A delicious savoury snack, Dried Cuttlefish is a popular snack on its own and deserves to make it onto your CNY snack list for its low-fat and low-sugar content. For a health-focused option, you should consider Umeya’s Top Grade Hokkaido Roasted Cuttlefish, which is more lightly-flavoured as compared to their other offerings.

Price range: $13.80

Address

  • Takashimaya Shopping Centre, outside Cold Storage
  • Tiong Bahru Plaza, #03-K02
  • Jurong Point, #03-114 (along the Hong Kong Mongkok Street)
  • Bugis Plus, #02-22 (connecting bridge between Bugis and Bugis Plus)

Opening Hours: 11 am–10 pm

Contact number: 6848 2088

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3. Keto Pork Bak Kwa from Kekito Bakery

Source: Kekito Bakery

Another CNY must-have, celebrating CNY without Bak Kwa just doesn’t feel right. Our loved ones with diabetes, however, may have had to refrain from enjoying them during the festive season. Thankfully, Kekito Bakery’s keto-friendly Pork Bak Kwa gets rid of this problem, by offering a healthy alternative made with monkfruit sweetener—a type of sweetener which does not cause blood sugar levels to spike. Perfect for the whole family to delight in!

Price range: $25 for 200g, $58 for 500g

Address: Blk 3 Everton Park, #01-73, Singapore 080003

Opening Hours: 11am–5pm on Wednesdays to Sundays only. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Contact number: 8774 7237

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4. Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake from LOCABA

Source: LOCABA | Instagram

Full of Valrhona chocolate ganache to celebrate the Lunar New Year, LOCABA’s Vegan Orange Chocolate Cake is low-carb, dairy-free, and does not contain additional sugar. This might just be one of the best Chinese New Year delights for your loved ones to indulge in!

Price range: $98 to $168

Address: Erwin’s Gastrobar, 8A Marina Boulevard, #01-01, Ground Plaza, Singapore 018984

Opening Hours: 2pm–5pm

Contact number: 8876 5127

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5. Melting White Almond Cookies from Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes

Delcie's Melting White Almond Cookies for Chinese new year goodies

Source: Delcie’s Desserts and Cakes

Almond cookies are yet another typically high-sugar treat that we crave during Chinese New Year. Yet, the high sugar content of almond cookies makes it hard for our loved ones to indulge in peace without worrying about whether it may cause blood sugar spikes. As an alternative, you can consider Delcie’s Melting White Almond Cookies, which are made with less sugar and contain fewer carbs.

Price range: $35

Address: 34 Whampoa W, #01-83, Singapore 330034

Opening Hours: 11am–8pm

Contact number: 6282 2951

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For High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure, you should opt for snacks with low salt and sodium, made with less oil, or those made from whole-grain flour. Here are some options: 

1. Healthy Veggie Chips 

Source: Hey! Chips

Vegetables aren’t always everyone’s favourite but when they’re made into crunchy chips, they can suddenly be a hot commodity, especially during Chinese New Year. For those with high blood pressure, vegetable chips are a great option, especially if they’re made with health in mind. Hey! Chips’ wide range of vegetable chips are made from a variety of healthy greens, including broccoli, onion, corn, and even cherry tomatoes! These veggies are vacuum-fried and have no added sugar or seasoning, making them perfect for those with high blood pressure.

Price range: $4.95 per pack

Address: 107 Eunos Ave 3, #06-02 Storefriendly Centre, Singapore 409837

Opening Hours: 9.30am–6pm

Contact number: 8894 2476

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2. Vegan Flourless Black Sesame Cookies 

Flourless Black Sesame Cookies from The Clean Addicts as diabetic-friendly CNY snacks

Source: The Clean Addicts

The Clean Addicts’ Vegan Flourless Black Sesame Cookies are another great CNY snack option for those with high blood pressure. Soft, buttery, and flavourful, these cookies are hand-made without added sodium and contain no preservatives, artificial flavourings or colourings. Try to save some for your loved ones!

Price range: $35.90

Address: N/A — online sales only

Opening Hours: N/A

Contact number: N/A

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3. Banana Chips

Banana chips may be an unconventional CNY snack choice, but they’re a healthy and delicious alternative to sweet Lunar New Year goodies and bakes. Containing no sodium at all, Garden Picks’ banana chips can be a quickly addictive addition to your CNY pantry that’s also perfect for those with high blood pressure. 

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Price range: $3.80–$8.50

Address: 8B Admiralty Street Singapore 757440

Opening Hours: 9am–5pm

Contact number: 6659 4859 

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4. Apricot Crunch Cookies

Source: Bakening

Bakening’s Apricot Crunch Cookies are also suitable for those with high blood pressure to indulge in. Made with real nuts and containing little sodium, these crunchy apricot cookies can be a novel addition to your CNY gatherings. Try them today!

Price range: $4.90 

Address: 131 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427416 (self-collection on Mon, Wed, Sun)

Opening Hours: Afternoon (12pm–3pm) or evening (5pm–8pm) for self-collection

Contact number: 8750 4421 (WhatsApp only)

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For High Cholesterol

Those with high cholesterol should of course be avoiding foods that have saturated and trans fat such as cocoa butter, animal fat and full-cream dairy. They should also eat snacks that are made from whole-grain flour instead of regular white flour where possible. These restrictions may seem to make CNY joyless at first glance, but that doesn’t have to be the case!

Here are some fun snack options to spice up your Chinese New Year healthily:

1. Walnut Crunch by Bakening

Walnuts unfortunately don’t often appear at the top of CNY snack lists. That shouldn’t stop you from taking a chance on them though! Bakening’s light, addictive, and low-fat Walnut Crunch contains no refined sugar, making it a good CNY snack option for those with high cholesterol levels. Plus, did you know that walnuts are known as a ‘brain food’?

Price range: $4.90 

Address: 131 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427416 (self-collection available on Mon, Wed, Sun)

Opening Hours: Afternoon (12pm–3pm) or Evening (5pm–8pm) for self-collection

Contact number: 8750 4421 (Whatsapp only)

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2. Raw Sunflower Seeds from Garden Picks

Sunflower seeds are typically roasted with butter and other additives, which increases their cholesterol content. The Whole Kitchen, however, offers Raw Sunflower Seeds that can be snacked on without any guilt at all or worry about cholesterol. 

Check them out here: 

Price range: $3.95

Address

  • 11 East Coast Road, The Odeon Building, #01-16, 428722 (East Coast Bakery Cafe)
  • 120 Robinson Road, #01-01, 06891 (CBD Bakery Cafe)

Opening Hours: 7:30am–6pm

Contact number: 6513 2314

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3. Dried Fruits

Naturally low in fat, dried fruits can be a very pleasant addition to your CNY snack platter, especially for those with high cholesterol. Nuts And Snacks offer a wide range of dried fruits including figs, cranberries, and mulberries. Mix and match different dried fruits or try out some dried fruits that are new to you this Chinese New Year and make it healthy to boot!

Price range: $7–$20.27

Address: N/A — online sales only

Opening Hours: N/A

Contact number: 8932 5764

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 We hope that this guide has been useful in introducing healthier Chinese New Year snacks for you this year.

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With this, the team at Homage wishes everyone a Happy Lunar New Year and nothing but the best of health for everyone! 

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L.H.
L.H. is a writer who guzzles coffee a little too much for his own good.
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