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Enjoy Your Mooncake in a Healthier Way in Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival. This festival is a time for family gatherings, appreciating the full moon, and indulging in mooncakes and other festive foods. Mooncakes are a traditional delicacy enjoyed during the Mid-Autumn Festival, but they can be quite calorie-dense and high in sugar and fat. However, there are ways to enjoy mooncakes in a healthier manner without compromising too much on taste. Here are some TCM wellness tips for enjoying mooncakes in a healthier way:


1. Choose Smaller Portions:

Mooncakes come in various sizes, so opt for smaller ones to help control your portion size. Mini mooncakes are a popular choice and are perfect for those looking to enjoy a taste of tradition without overindulging.


2. Share with Others:

Instead of eating a whole mooncake by yourself, share it with family and friends. This way, you can enjoy the flavors without consuming too many calories.


3. Opt for Low-Sugar Varieties:

Look for mooncakes that are labeled as "low sugar" or "reduced sugar." These options contain less added sugar, making them a better choice for those watching their sugar intake.


4. Choose Healthier Fillings:

Traditional mooncakes often have sweet bean paste fillings. Opt for mooncakes with fillings made from red bean, lotus seed, or black sesame, as these are generally healthier options compared to ones with egg yolk or fatty meat fillings. Consider mooncakes with nut-based fillings like almonds or walnuts, as they provide healthy fats and protein.


5. Homemade Mooncakes:

If you have the time and skills, consider making your own mooncakes at home. This way, you can control the ingredients and reduce the sugar and fat content while using healthier alternatives.


6. Snow Skin Mooncakes:

Snow skin mooncakes are a lighter alternative to traditional baked mooncakes. They have a soft, mochi-like texture and are often less sweet. They can be filled with fruit, yogurt, or nut-based fillings.


7. Hydrate:

Drink plenty of water before and after enjoying mooncakes to help with digestion and prevent overeating.


8. Herbal Teas:

Enjoying herbal teas is a common TCM practice. Consider drinking teas such as chrysanthemum tea or green tea during the festival. Chrysanthemum tea is believed to have cooling properties and can help counteract the heatiness of certain foods.


9. Savor the Flavors:

When you eat mooncakes, savour each bite and appreciate the flavours. Eating slowly and mindfully can help you enjoy the treat without consuming too much.


10. Exercise

Going for a walk or engaging in some light exercise, to help burn off the extra calories consumed from mooncakes.


Remember that the key to enjoying mooncakes during the Mid-Autumn Festival is moderation. By making smart choices, you can celebrate the festival without compromising your health and well-being.


Ma Kuang TCM wishing you good fortune and happiness on this amazing Mid-Autumn day!