Friday, January 31, 2014

Wishing you a Healthy Body for the Year of the Horse! 身體健康

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Happy New Year! 

Starting the day today with a nice fresh-pressed red juice. Red symbolizes good fortune, joy and happiness in Chinese culture and is seen everywhere during Chinese New Year. There are also many symbolic foods that are traditionally eaten during this holiday, and my juice contains quite a few of them – apple, carrot, pineapple, orange, and of course beets. Even though beets aren't traditionally Asian, its natural color is bound to be lucky!

Most of these foods are considered "lucky" because the name of the foods sound similar to words and well-wishes expressed to one another for the New Year. Here is a list of common foods that you can incorporate into the next fifteen days as a symbolic start to a healthy Year of the Horse! 

Apple – wisdom, peace
Banana – wish for education, brilliance at work/ school
Bean sprouts – positive start into the new year
Bok Choy – 100 types of prosperity luck
Carrots – good luck
Cashew nut – gold, money
Coconut – promoting togetherness
Daikon (Asian radish) – longevity
Dumplings – wealth

Egg – fertilityFish (whole) – prosperity
Grapes – wealth, abundance, fertility, many descendants, family harmony
Kumquat – gold, fortune, wealth
Mandarin – gold, wealth
Melon – family unity
Mushrooms – longevity
Noodles (long, uncut) – long life
Onion – cleverness
Orange – wealth, good fortune, gold
Peach – immortality
Peanuts – health, long life, birth of prosperity, continuous growth, multiplication in wealth and good fortune, stability
Pineapple – wealth, luck, excellent fortune
Red chilies – good luck
Rice – fertility, luck, wealth, rice symbolizes a link between Heaven (Gods) and Earth (Men)
Snowpeas – unity
Tangerine / clementines – luck
Walnut – happiness of the entire family

Here's a more extensive list of symbolic foods

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