Energy Bar ‘Ice Cream Cone’

Kid-friendly and fun for adults too! A simple recipe with only 4 ingredients, no baking, and a fun twist. This is sure to be a hit at kiddie birthday parties, or even as a Sunday breakfast treat!

Serves: 8 balls | Prep Time: 45 mins

Ingredients

Method

  1. Combine the Mojo Bars in a food processor; process until very finely chopped. With damp hands roll into 8 balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place in a pie pan. Freeze for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove from the freezer and cut a 1-inch long slit into the top of each ball (this is where the graham cracker “cone” will go)
  3. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Making sure to reserve some chocolate for dipping, spoon melted chocolate into 8 irregular circles on the paper (about 2 inches in diameter0. Dip the bottom half (opposite of slit) of each ball in the remaining chocolate and place on top of the chocolate circles. Slide a graham cracker triangle into each slit with the point of the triangle facing up. Top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to set before serving.

Can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Easy Honey Flans

Utterly delicious, and fool-proof to make! These honey flans are great on their own, and as a base for a fruity compote or  caramel sauce. Great for dinner parties, as they can be prepared beforehand!

Serves: 6 | Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Pour sugar in a saucepan; place over medium heat and cook, gently shaking the pan until sugar melts and turns a light golden brown. Slowly stir in 3 Honey Twigs (Mixture will clump a little; gently stir just until melted.) Remove from heat; immediately pour hot caramelized sugar into 6 ramekins.
  2. Process condensed milk, milk, salt, egg yolk and remaining 4 Honey Twigs in a blender 10-15 seconds or until smooth; pour evenly over sugar in each ramekin. Place ramekin in a pan, add hot tap water to pan to depth of 1 inch. Cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 350° for 30 – 35 minutes or until slightly set. Remove ramekins from water bath; place on a wire rack. Cool 30 minutes. Cover and chill 3 hours. Run a knife around edges of flans to loosen; invert flans onto a serving plate.

5 Hacks On How to Stay Sane & Healthy This Festive Season

Christmas, New Years, weddings, engagements, dinners, parties – December & January are always a hectic time for your social calendar! It’s definitely our favourite time of the year, with friends and relatives returning home from far-flung places, get-togethers where we laugh till our stomachs hurt and a mood of festivity in the air.

However, this festive mood doesn’t come cheap, and it’s our bodies that pay the price first. Whether it’s a lack of sleep, junk food, alcohol or just no rest – the fun starts adding up. At Foodstree, we don’t believe in lessening the fun. With a few tips and tricks that we’ve tried out for you, you can have your cake and eat it too. No need to compromise on the positives and eliminate the negatives this party season with these super simple hacks!

 

  1. Keep It Clean

A clean diet full of fresh produce and unprocessed foods is necessary to complement the processed food at parties. If you’re someone who loves to eat out or is always on the go, you’re either going to need to make commitment to prepare only fresh foods at home or simply login to www.foodstree.com to solve all your food related issues.

Consider an elimination diet, where you remove certain foods such as gluten, dairy, caffeine, sugar and focus on eating nutrient-rich whole foods. You will be surprised to see how much unhealthy food gets cut out by just sticking to one simple rule!  Control your food at home, and look for the healthy stuff outside – you might find it hard to go back once you’ve started!

  1. Keep A Consistent Workout Schedule

Your body’s composition will not change overnight, but making a commitment to your physical fitness will only help you feel more confident and energetic. Continuing you workout regimen, even if it’s only a walk or stroll will help you achieve real results. Sticking to the game plan, however basic is far better than no workout routine at all.

  1. Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!

Drinking a glass of water before meals not only keeps you feeling hydrated and healthy, but it will also help you eat less since thirst is often mistaken for hunger. If appetite suppression isn’t enough, consider this- switch your tea’s and coffee’s with green tea/juices/detox tea. Even if you’re still ravenous, always remember drinking water makes your skin look better so there’s only good things that can happen!

  1. Stop Starving Yourself

Dont starve yourself all day to prepare for a heavy dinner at night – it could backfire! Starving yourself messes up your metabolism, and by dinner time you’ll be famished, eating anything in sight. Instead of strictly limiting your caloric intake here are few things which will satiate you without piling up the calories:

  1. Stay Committed

Consistency is key! Making these changes in your lifestyle will not be easy, but it’s always worth it. You might not see big results right away, but if you stick to these rules, you will feel amazing, both inside and outside and ready to celebrate!

“A Full Belly = A Happy Heart” – Presenting Delicious Customizable Bridesmaids Hamper Ideas!

They’re the ones that where there when your now-fiancé first caught your eyes. The ones that talked you through the first, second and third-date butterflies. And since your bridesmaids are not only your BFF’s but also your major support system during the wedding, it’s only fitting that you show them your appreciation in some special way!

We at Foodstree believe that the way to a girl heart is through food. Diamonds may be for ever, but they won’t help your bestie get over her ‘hanger’ pangs (you know, when you’re so hungry, you get angry?), or help her stick to her diet. They say ‘a full belly makes for a happy heart’, so go the food way and your bridesmaids are sure to feel the love! Here are some hampers for all your bridesmaids and their different personalities:

  1. All Sweet Stuff

For the ones who love all things sweet and nice!

  1. Detox Queen

For the one who is forever watching what she eats.

  1. The Foodie One

For the one who says ‘I live to eat, not eat to live’!

These are just a few variations and ideas! You can visit us at www.foodstree.com for the full range, or get in touch on (+91) 9903847040. We deliver all over India, and every hamper is fully customizable. So pick your products, sit back and relax – we’ll take care of the rest!

5 Unusual Products That Will Leave You Wanting More (Part 3)

  1. Bhut Jolokia – The World’s Hottest Pepper 

  1. The Bhoot Jolokia also known as Naga Jolokia, Ghost Chilli, Ghost Pepper, Naga Morich. It is a chilli pepper originating in Assam that has earned Guiness World Record recognition as the World’s Hottest Chilli Pepper. If you are adventurous and like spicy food you can try our range of super hot pickles with this chilli. Or if you want the real adventure – try the dried chilli itself. Be forewarned: Take a small bite only, and do keep water, yogurt and sugar nearby once the fires have been lit.

2. Aglio Olio Garlic Chilli Oil

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This is the ultimate hack for any Italian (or Indian, or Spanish or some many other cuisines!) dish. Simply put, this is an olive oil, infused with garlic and chilli with bits of the same. It is the perfect start to so many dishes, without the hassle of frying and chopping. Aglio olio? Check. Tomato based sauces and dishes? Check. Sauteing veggies? Check. Marinating? Check. We could go on and on but you get the gist! This has a permanent place on our kitchen shelves as a recipe starter, and a flavour adder.

     3. Orange Whiskey Marmalade

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Yes sure you can spread it on toast. But why stop there? There are so many other ways to get your jam (with an extra whiskey kick!) on:

  • Make your own fruit flavoured yoghurt
  • Bake some brie
  • Shake it into a cocktail
  • Top creamy desserts
  • Make stuffed French toast
  • Top creamy desserts/pancakes
  • Use it to make popsicles
  • Serve it along side cheese
  • Add it to salad dressing
  • Fill crepes
  • Make better biscuits
  • Put it on your cereal

4. Himalayan Pink Salt

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Salt is such a daily staple most of us don’t pay enough attention to it. Regular commercially available salt undergoes many chemical processes before it reaches your table. Why not switch to something more natural, flavourful and better for your body?

Himalayan pink salt is naturally occurring rock salt, filled with minerals that ordinary salt is devoid of. It is stronger in flavour, and healthier. In addition to natural salt, we also have flavoured salts with added taste like chilli, mint, garlic, mustard, hing, ginger and many more. These are perfect to pump up the flavour in any dish as a finishing touch, or even within one as a base. We love ours sprinkled over chaats and salads!

 

      5. Seabuckthorn Jam

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Seabuckthorn is a super fruit full of protein, vitamins, at least 20 minerals and healthy fatty acids. The leaves berries and roots can all be used in different forms. It is an ancient berry that naturally thrives in mountainous areas. Reap the benefits of this complete food that supports the body in many ways:

  • Cures infection
  • Improves eyesight
  • Eliminates skin rashes
  • Reduces Hunger
  • Slow aging process

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.