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.

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• How to detox your body at home?
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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



  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


  • 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


  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



  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


  • 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


  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.

5 Tips To Stay Healthy This Diwali

Ah Diwali! The festival of lights that ushers in a period of merriment – a time to revel in the company of loved ones, dress up in finery and of course gorge on delicious dishes! With an envious spread of Diwali sweets, snacks, and other indulgent recipes all week , it is perfectly normal for the average person to pack in an extra few in unwanted places.

But don’t fret! There is relief on hand because we are rolling out valuable nuggets of Diwali information. With a little bit of planning we can ensure healthy eating during the festive season for your families and for yourself.

Here are a few important tips to enjoy the festival without compromising on your health –

  1. Exercise early on: With evenings being the most hectic time of the day, it’s good to get in your stretching and exercise early on. Begin the day with a walk in the park or by doing few asanas. Suryanamaskar is the best way to fight exhaustion.


  1. A healthy breakfast is important: Having a healthy, high fiber breakfast is essential to ensure high energy throughout the day. There’s always last-minute things to do, people to meet and arrangements to make. Get your energy boost first thing with muesli, fruits, eggs, seeds or a superfood smoothie.


  1. Water is your best friend: Truly! Drink a minimum of 3 liters water everyday. It keeps you hydrated and avoids unnecessary snacking and food cravings. A lot of the time when you think you’re hungry, your body is actually craving hydration. And of course, if there’s alcohol involved, it’ll help keep away those dreaded hangovers.


  1. Eat before you leave: This is a pro-tip that we use for the endless Diwali parties. Eat a healthy salad, fruits or soup before you leave for the night. This will keep you fuller, and less prone to gorge on the delicious, but unhealthy stuff later on.


  1. Buddy system: Rope in a friend, partner or anyone who has the same health goals as you and make a pact to keep the other in check. It’s always easier to stick to your resolve when there’s someone else doing it too, and looking out for you.


We hope these simple tricks help you have a more energetic, fun and healthy festive week! Coming up next on our blog – healthy recipes for parties and entertaining guests. Stay tuned.

“Devi” – A Celebration of Women & Food

“Here’s to all the strong women – may we know them, may we raise them, may we be them.”

The upcoming Durga Pujo festivities got us here at Foodstree thinking about the strong women that have influenced our lives, and inspired our journeys – the ‘devis’ who have moulded us . Foodstree as a company was built on woman power and when we looked to our suppliers we found so many more examples of amazing women entrepreneurs. The more stories we heard, the more we were motivated to celebrate these infallible women and their achievements. Here are some short excerpts from our conversations with them – about the challenges they faced, their paths and advice for us all.





Matcha Chia Pudding

Never scramble about for a healthy breakfast again, or end up reaching for that croissant! This Matcha Chia Pudding can be prepared the night before, or even a few nights in advance and stored in batches too. Superfoods + fresh fruits – that’s your breakfast sorted! Though in our opinion, this works just as well as a dessert or day time snack.

Serves: 1 | Prep Time: 5 mins


1 cup almond milk (or any milk)

1/3 cup chia seeds

2 tbsp maple syrup or honey

1 tsp matcha

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional toppings: shredded coconut, berries, fruits


Combine the matcha and chia seeds in the final container in which you want the pudding (we recommend making individual portions).

Mix the milk, maple syrup/honey and vanilla together in a separate container. Once combined pour over the chia-matcha mixture and stir thoroughly.

Let the mixture rest for 5-6 hours in the refrigerator, preferably overnight.

Before serving, top off with seasonal berries or fruits of your choice, and even nuts or dried coconut!

Mythbuster 3.0 – Caffeine Edition

This month, since we’re on the topic of matcha, tea and caffeine in general let’s look at some common sayings about this chemical and how true they are.

  1. Caffeine is dehydrating: Sort of.

Caffeine itself is a mild diuretic (i.e. it makes you run to the restroom more), that’s a proven fact. However, since most of the caffeine you consume tends to be in liquid form (tea, coffee, colas), the water used to make them generally makes up for any slight dip in hydration the caffeine may cause. So while your cuppa will make you pee more, it probably won’t dehydrate you. We say probably however, because while the amounts of caffeine in a cup or two of coffee won’t cause any negative effects, having more than 3 cups may cause dehydration as the effects of caffeine are compounded. TL;DR – Caffeine can cause dehydration of your intake is too high.

  1. Coffee can stain teeth: True.

Our tooth enamel has lots of tiny ridges and cracks, and the dark pigments from caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea or sodas can become embedded in them. However, this happens over a prolonged period and is easy to avoid! Try rinsing your mouth with water after drinking such beverages, or drink through a straw. If nothing else, a quick visit to the dentist, or using DIY teeth whitening methods can also do the trick.

  1. Decaf means no caffeine: False

Decaf doesn’t mean totally caffeine free! For example, decaf coffee still contains about 20mg of caffeine. This is much less than a regular cup of coffee that tends to have about 100mg of caffeine. But still, about 5 cups of decaf would add up to a regular drink.

  1. Caffeine is bad for health: False

In fact, intake of caffeine has been linked to lowered risks of various diseases and cancers, like skin cancer, breast cancer, diabetes, Alzhimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and many more. However, as is true of most things, moderation is key! A cup a day is no miracle cure, but will probably do no harm either.

  1. Caffeine is addictive: Sort of.

Caffeine is mildly addictive in the sense that it’s a stimulant for the nervous system that your body can learn to depend on. Due to this physical dependence, giving up high doses of caffeine can cause withdrawal symptoms like headaches and difficulty concentrating, as your body has become used to certain chemical reactions. However, there are no long term negative effects of giving it up, and the body is generally able to adapt to normal caffeine-free levels soon. This is why most experts don’t qualify caffeine as an addictive substance on the level of drugs or alcohol.

Miso Matcha Eggplant Rice

Matcha and miso are a match made in Japanese heaven! This recipe brings together classic ingredients from there into a more modern dish. Also a great twist to use that ‘baigan’ that nobody seems to like. (Very unfair, if you ask us! Maybe we’ll discuss the versatility of the eggplant in an upcoming article..? Let us know your thoughts on this.)

Serves: 2 | Prep Time: 40 mins


  • 2 eggplants (aubergine/baingan)
  • 1 bunch cilantro (dhaniya)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 small piece ginger
  • ¾ cup rice
  • 2 tbsp. white miso paste
  • 2 tbsp. mirin (or any sweet cooking wine)
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp black sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 260°C.

Heat a pot of salted water to boiling. Add the sushi rice to the boiling water and cook for 16 to 20 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and keep aside.

Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, then crosswise into quarters. With the tip of a knife, score a diagonal crosshatch pattern into the cut sides of the eggplant. Place the eggplant on a lightly oiled baking sheet, patterned-side up.

Finely chop the cilantro. Peel and mince the ginger and garlic, smashing until they resemble paste. Whisk together the ginger, garlic, miso, mirin, and half the soy sauce.

Drizzle the eggplant with olive oil and spread the miso mixture on the top of the eggplant slices. Roast in the preheated oven 14 to 16 minutes, or until the eggplant is tender and the topping is lightly browned.

Add the cooked rice back to the pot. Add the rice vinegar, sugar, matcha powder, half the black sesame seeds, and all but a pinch of the cilantro; stir until well combined.

Divide the green tea rice and eggplant slices between 2 plates. Garnish with the remaining black sesame seeds, cilantro, and soy sauce. Enjoy!