5 Unusual Products That Will Leave You Wanting More (Part 2)

  1. Hazelnut Coffee

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Craving for Starbucks Hazelnut Macchiato? We have this deliciously handcrafted drink at your doorstep along with the recipe on how to recreate your favourite.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ teaspoon hazelnut coffee powder
  • 2 fl oz cold milk
  • 1 ½ cup ice
  • Powdered sugar to taste
  • Whipped cream – for decoration
  • Chocolate sauce – for decoration

Add ice and hazelnut coffee in a tall glass. Mix until the coffee is combined. Top with milk. Swirl whipped cream and chocolate on top. Serve and enjoy.

  1. Avocado Oil

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The avocado is an unusual fruit. Unlike most fruits, it’s rich in healthy fats and is often used to produce oil. While avocado oil is not as well known as olive oil, it’s just as delicious. Additional benefits of avocado oil include a high content of vitamin E which makes it great for skin and hair, oleic acid that is anti-cancerous and helps with weight loss and chlorophyll which is a strong detoxifying agent.

Here are few ways to add avocado oil to your diet:

  • Add a tablespoon to a smoothie.
  • Drizzle over a salad
  • Use it as a marinade.
  • Include it when baking.
  • Use it in homemade mayo.
  • Drizzle it over vegetables before roasting.
  • Top hummus off with it.
  • Drizzle over cold soups, such as gazpacho.

3. Infused Honey

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The fruit of bees is desired by all, and is equally sweet to kings and beggars. Infusing takes honey to another level with added flavours that pack a punch with the smallest of uses. But how to use infused honey?It can be enjoyed on fresh fruits, oatmeal, breads, desserts, smoothies, beverages, marinades and even drizzled over yummy homemade yogurt

      4. Quinoa Chips

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In the quest of finding healthiest foods, it is nearly impossible to miss out on one of the best complete protein foods available – quinoa. This version of quinoa will ensure that you won’t crave for your packet of  Lays anytime soon. Super crunchy and filled with flavour, but no guilt when you reach the bottom of the can. We couldn’t ask more of a snack. (We love it with Indian food as a replacement to papad too!)

Fun Fact: While it is commonly known as an “ancient grain”, quinoa is technically not a grain or cereal grain, but a seed and does not contain gluten.

  1. Dried Goji Berry

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Goji berries have recently garnered lots of attention due to their ability to make weight loss diets more efficient. They are categorized as superfoods, with a host of other benefits as well. Here is our favorite goji berries recipe for a delicious slimming, detoxifying drink:

Ingredients:

  • 1 spoonful dry goji berries
  • Lemon verbena leaves
  • Lemon zest (a little)
  • 3 cloves
  • Mineral water

Mix the ingredients together and leave for a few hours so that the water is infused with the elements. Drink a cup before every meal. It will not only speed up your metabolism but will also help you feel a bit satiated, which will reduce your appetite.

You also can make some tasty slimming goji berry juice. For this you’ll need:

  1. 1 Lemon
  2. 1 kiwi fruit
  3. ½ glass mineral water
  4. 8 dry goji berries

Juice the lemon and mix the juice with the rest of the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth and delicious drink.

5 Unusual Products That Will Leave You Wanting More (Part 1)

  1. Masala Chai Gud

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Inspired by the rural classic, this aromatic and flavourful beverage originated in India but is now popular in snack houses across the world. This Masala Chai Gud is the ultimate cheat in making your daily cuppa. It contains coconut sugar (healthier than regular refined sugar, and all the spices needs to make the perfectly balanced spicy ‘chai’. Simple heat up your liquids, infuse tea and add a spoonful of masala magic! Masala chai prevents one from body inflammation and helps beat fatigue.

  1. Bee Pollen

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Bee Pollen is said to be an exceptionally nutritious food, and it is sometimes even labeled as “super food.” This pollen is extracted from honeybees who pack the pollen they collect from flowers into sacs. It is 40% protein by weight and is rich in vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, due to which it can cure a multitude of health problems.

Confused how to use it? Here’s a quick and easy recipe:

Healthy Blender Drink :

Ingredients:

Place all ingredients in blender and blend until creamy and smooth.

Makes about 10 ounces – a light breakfast/meal for one.

  1. Rhododendron Chutney

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An edible flower indigenous to the Himachal region of India that blooms only from January to March. This chutney is traditionally made in Himachal homes and no where else. It’s like nothing else you’ll ever taste with a stunning spicy, earthy, floral taste. Best with any kind of crackers, breads or as an addition to a traditional thali,

Rhododendron is used to cure heart problems, high blood pressure, liver disorders. It increases red blood cells and is good for reducing anemia.

  1. Dark Chocolate Black Tea

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This one is for all the chocolate and chai lovers out there.  We have something really interesting for you but with a twist! A deep delicious black tea with the finest cocoa powder. Chocolate and tea together bring together a depth of flavour that is sure to leave you wanting more. Great with milk or water based brewing – and especially perfect for winter morning when you can’t choose between hot chocolate and chai!

This ultimate “guilty pleasure” is good for you in many different ways as well –

  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves heart health
  • Helps to reduce risk pre-mature ageing
  • Gives relief from stress and depression
  • Improves learning abilities/memory

5. Jowar Puff

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Globally, jowar (also called sorghum) is being touted as the “new quinoa” for its gluten-free, whole-grain goodness. But in India, it has long been a staple, especially in the western and southern parts of the country where it is ground into flour and used to make rotis, cheela, dosa etc. This is a new take on the humble jowar, perfect for snacking. Mildly flavoured to suit all palates, it is a guilt-free snack that is sure to make a home in your pantry!

Jowar is rich in fiber, high in protein & iron and is excellent for bone health

Iced Turmeric Green Tea

Cool and refreshing, this iced turmeric tea is packed with nutrients. Skip the drinks with unhealthy artificial ingredients and make this beautifully delicate green tea version at home!

Prep Time: 15 mins | Serves: 1-2

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (500ml) water
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup (85g) honey
  • Ice and fresh lime slices to serve (optional)

Method

1. In a medium pot, bring water close to a boil and add minced ginger, turmeric, honey, and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes then turn off the heat. Add the green tea bag and steep for 3 minutes, then take out. Strain out the solids using a fine mesh strainer and set aside.

2. Pick any sized glass or mason jar you like, fill 3/4 height with ice cube, pour the tea over the ice. Add fresh lime juice, honey to taste, garnish with a slice of lime, and enjoy!

Antioxidant Fruit Salad with Bee Pollen

Antioxidants are essential to good health and keeping age at bay. This fruit salad packs in a punch with lots of raw fruits and bee pollen – a superfood. If you’re new to bee pollen, start small with a sprinkle and gradually increase your intake to a teaspoon.

Prep Time: 5 mins | Serves: 4

Ingredients

Method

Cut the fruit into bite-size pieces and arrange in a bowl. Drizzle over with the vanilla infused honey & sprinkle the bee pollen.

Cranberry Smoothie Bowl

Super simple to make, easy to eat and tasty to boot. Start your mornings off right!

Prep Time: 10 mins | Serves: 2

Ingredients

For smoothie:

For toppings:

Method

  1. In a high powdered blender add almond milk, frozen cranberries, mixed berries, banana and brown sugar to the mixer.
  2. Start off blending your mixture slowly and once it starts to break up blend faster until the mixture is completely smooth. If the mixture is too thick add in a little more almond milk until you have reached your desired consistency.
  3. Pour your smoothie into 2 bowls and top with desired toppings.

 

5 Tips to Detox Post Diwali

Barfi, halwa, gulab jamun – one mithai after another then some Diwali snacks, drinks, dry fruits for munching; that was our healthy eating plan going down the drain! But now that the festive lights have been packed away, it’s time for a reality check. It’s time to bid adieu to copious of sugar and fats and welcome some nutritious food in our lives. Your body wants to get back to normal and is probably screaming for cleanse.

Have your internet searches started looking like this?
• How to detox your body at home?
• How to lose weight after Diwali?
• How to detoxify post Diwali?
• Diet plan after Diwali

We here at Foodstree are here to help! While we’re all for enjoying and not having too many restrictions on our eating, sometimes after a particularly unhealthy week, it’s been to detox and reset. Whether your goal is to lose those sudden extra inches, get back your energy, or just plain reset your system, here are a few tricks and tips to get your started:

1. Start with a morning boost:

Even the smallest changes in your routine can have an enormous impact on your health. Start your day with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice or warm water with honey & lemon juice. Having this on an empty stomach helps to cleanse and rejuvenate your entire system. Citrus and Vitamin C enriched drinks are known to help reduce fat too, as well as encouraging healthy digestion and helping relieve symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, burping and bloating.

2. Replace, replace, replace:

You don’t need to starve yourself! The key to healthy eating is to be conscious of what goes into your food – a salad with a heavy mayo dressing is completely counter-productive. Which is why replace the unhealthy elements of your daily diet with healthier options – that way you won’t feel hungry and overeat, and simultaneously get adequate nutrition. Some replacements that we have loved implementing: Hung curd or Greek yogurt as a replacement for mayo and cream; hummus or peanut butter with fruits/veggies instead of packaged snacks; mixed millet flour instead of maida in rotis & breads.

3. Fill your plate with low-carb, high protein:

“There is never a good ‘muhrat’ to start eating healthy. So begin today!”
Try to limit the carb intake and try to replace it with raw vegetables and fruits. Raw foods make you feel amazing and are known for removing toxins and healing your body fast.
Starting your day with a protein is also one of the healthiest ways to begin. Having a protein -rich breakfast is known to kill your appetite for the next 3 hours, just enough time to fight off your post-Diwali cravings. More protein = more full for longer and less fat creation – a total win-win!

4. Exercise Regularly:

This is an obvious one, but it is of utmost importance! Eating doesn’t count for physical activity. Giving your body some movement is essential to a good metabolism, which in turn helps to burn what you eat more efficiently. You don’t need to join a gym or invest in fancy equipment to burn some calories. Walking is by far the best activity which can be done by everybody out there. Do what you enjoy the most. If walking is not your cup of tea, then you can swim or dance to boost your metabolism. Being active is key!

5. Junk food is truly junk for the body – eat at home:

This should be your number one priority for at least the next couple of weeks. Restaurant food is loaded with oil, starch and sugar and so is the leftover Diwali food. If you cook at home you have full control over the ingredients and cooking techniques! Chart up a healthy grocery list, stock up on plenty low carb foods and let’s get ourselves back to pre-festive shape.

We have more recipes & tricks up our sleeve for detoxing. Stay tuned!

Kesar Rose Gulab Jamun Ice Cream Cake

All your favourite sweets in one delicious avatar? We’ve got it right here for you! Super simple to make and your guests will definitely be wowed. Stand out from the crowd of regular Indian ‘mithai’ without compromising on the unmistakable flavours.

Prep Time: Serves: 1 cake

Ingredients

Method

  1. Boil the milk, grind the almonds  and add them along with the spice extracts. Turn off the heat, cover and allow the flavors to infuse for ten minutes.
  2. Whisk egg yolks along with sugar. Strain the flavored, cooled milk onto the whisked eggs.
  3. Return to a gentle flame and keep stirring constantly until the milk thickens. Cool.
  4. Add cream and flavor with rose water, fresh chopped rose petals.
  5. Freeze until set.
  6. Remove from refrigerator and soften slightly. In a rectangular cake tin place a layer of the ice cream. Then place the gulab jamuns evenly in 2 lines.
  7. Cover with the remaining ice cream, so that the gulab jamuns are hidden.
  8. Freeze again.
  9. When serving, cut diagonally so that each slice has a section of gulab jamun in it. Sprinkle with pistachios and more rose petals.

Rocket Kebabs

You can’t go wrong with kebabs at a party! This version is super healthy, and made with minimal oil, but packed full of flavour. The best bit though is the decoration! These bite-sized kebab rockets are sure to be all the rage at your parties.

Prep Time: 45 mins| Serves: 12-14 Kebabs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mixed vegetables, chopped (carrots, beans etc)
  • 1/2 cup paneer
  • 2 medium boiled mashed potatoes
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Himalayan Pink Salt – to taste
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • 12-14 bamboo skewers
  • 1 red & yellow bell peppers, cut into triangles

Method

  1. Soak the bamboo skewers for 2-3 hours in water, so that they don’t burn when baking.
  2. Chop the mixed vegetables, and place them in a food processor/blender. Add the paneer, chillies, ginger, garlic and mint and blend till the mixture is a rough crumb. (Do not overblend!)
  3. Transfer to a bowl. Add the mashed potatoes, cornflour, masala powders and salt and mix with your hands till the mixture starts coming together.
  4. Once the mixture is ready, divide equally into lemon sides balls (approx 24-28). Wet your palms and place 2 each on a bamboo skewer. Top with a triangular piece of red or yellow bell pepper to give the effect of a rocket.
  5. Heat the oil in a shallow non-stick pan and space 2-3 kebabs in it. Cook till golden brown, and keep rotating will all sides are cooked.
  6. Once kebabs are done, drain on absorbent paper to remove excess oil, and serve upright in a tall container, along with mint chutney & fresh lemon wedges.

Gluten-Free Flax Seed Quinoa Crackers

Chips and dip are essential for entertaining. They’re a party staple that never go out of style. We’ve reinvented the chips into healthy, guilt-free crackers that make munching totally stress free. Perfect for those late nights, when hunger pangs just can’t be controlled!

Prep Time: 30 mins | Serves: 1 bowl

Ingredients

Method

  1. Soak flax seeds in water for 15 minutes. Grind them up.
  2. Mix quinoa flour with soaked, ground flax seeds (do not strain)
  3. Add olive oil, sea salt, and baking powder.
  4. Grease a  cookie sheet then spread the mixture out. Spread it out flat so it fills the entire sheet.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F until it starts to brown on the edges (about 15 minutes), flip and bake a few more minutes.
  6. Cut up roughly or into squares & cool before serving.

Serve with any of our range of dips, hummus and yummy accompaniments!

Chamomile Strawberry Orange Cold-Brewed Tea

The most-fuss free, refreshing drink you could serve to your guests! Amazing for parties, morning refreshment, and also great with a splash of vodka.

Prep Time: 10 mins | Total Time: 12 hrs | Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 8 chamomile tea bags
  • 12 cups filtered water, at room temperature
  • 2 small juice oranges (thin-skinned), peeled, cut into slices, and seeded
  • 24 large strawberries, halved
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons hot water

Method

  1. Place the tea bags in the water in a jarge jar with a lid. Place orange slices, strawberry halves and cover with lid. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours. (Longer the better).
  2. Remove tea bags from jar.  Combine honey and 4 teaspoons hot water. Add the honey to the mixture divide into glasses to serve. Garnish with fresh mint and fruits.