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?
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• 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!

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.

  

  

  

 

Going Nuts Over Butter?

We’re sure you’ve heard of peanut butter, but recently nut butters have become all the rage. As a snack, and a creamer, as a dip – you name it. So, let’s break them down for you here.

What is a nut butter?

To put it simply, it’s a mixture made of finely ground nuts. Due to its high fat content, it spreads like natural dairy-based butter, but is otherwise unrelated. Nut butters can be made from any of a number of nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnut, macadamia, pecan, pistachio, walnut and the humble peanut of course, among others. Even some seeds can be used to make similar butters, including pumpkin, sesame, flax and sunflower.

How is nut butter made?

While different nut butters have different flavouring agents and oils added, the essential method for all remains the same. Your favourite nuts and/or seeds are poured into a food processor and ground away. Depending on the strength of the processor and the nuts being used, this generally takes a while.

Initially the nuts will grind into a finer and finer flour, but show no signs of becoming creamy. But this is when the magic is about to happen! Eventually, the nut particles will begin exuding their natural oils, turning the flour-y mixture into a creamy rich butter.

Many variations yield slightly different results – some add a bit of oil to speed up the process, others quickly roast the nuts beforehand to give a better flavour. We’re of the opinion that these additional tweaks completely vary from nut to nut, so it’s relative. However, one thing that is never added is water-based liquids such as milk, juice, or liquid flavour extracts – that’s a sure shot recipe for a clumpy, congealed mess!

Which one is the best?

So, which butter should you go for? The answer to this question completely depends on you! Different butters have different tastes and textures, and can be used for different purposes. The Foodstree Team personally loves almond butter as their standout favourite, due to its versatility and because various flavourings can be added to it with ease.

However, there’s not much to differentiate them in terms of nutrition. Here’s approximately what you get in about 2 tbsp. of these butters:

Nut/Seed Calories Fat Carbohydrates Fiber Protein Calcium
Almond 190 16g 6g 4g 7g 80mg
Cashew 190 15g 10g 2g 6g 40mg
Peanut 190 17g 7g 3g 8g 20mg
Hazelnut 180 17g 5g 3g 4g 40mg
Macadamia 230 24g 4g 3g 2g 20mg
Soynut 190 15g 10g 5g 9g 60mg
Sunflower 180 12g 8g 4g 9g 0mg

 

Don’t be put off by their fat content – these are healthy fats that boost your heart health, reduce bad cholesterol, and decrease your risk of diabetes among other benefits. (For more on this stay tuned for our Mythbuster 2.0)

So, I think we can all agree, nut butters are an excellent addition to your staples! They are super versatile, as you’ll be able to tell with the recipes we’ve got coming up for you this month. You can head over to our shop page to get them ready made, or if you’re feeling adventurous get the ingredients to make them yourself.

El Diablo Restaurant – Who Needs a Grill When You Have a Volcano?

Summer is here in full force, and every time we step outside we can feel ourselves barbecuing in the heat. So while we’re on the topic of rising temperatures, let us introduce to you El Diablo, a Spanish restaurant that actually uses natural heat – from a volcano no less, to roast and prepare their food!

This unique restaurant is located in the Timanfaya National Park, situated on the island of Lanzarote off the western coast of Morocco. The area is famous for the Fire Mountains, or Montanas del Fuego, which were created when more than 100 volcanoes sprung up on the island.  El Diablo (which aptly translates into ‘The Devil) uses the literal fires from hell for its dishes, in the form of geothermal heat at 500 degrees Celsius that sears up the vents of the volcano that it is built on.

Constructing a restaurant atop such a massive heat source was no mean task. Architects Eduardo Caceres and Jesus Soto lay down 9 layers of basalt rock to stabilize the structure as digging a foundation was next to impossible. The vent itself is a hole in the ground on top of which food is placed on a cast iron grill to cook, and less than six feet below lies gently bubbling lava!

The menu here includes delectable local dishes as well as Continental fare, with tourists flocking here to especially try their volcanically grilled meats and fish (of course!). Along with a full meal, it is also possible to have the full volcanic experience by taking part in a tour to see the vent and grill. Dramatic cooking methods aside, the panorama from the restaurants windows is no less stunning, with its stark mountainous views.

What are your thoughts on this daredevil restaurant? Is it worth the visit? Let us know in the comments! To influence your decision – if the thought of lava shooting into the air might keep you from enjoying your meal, rest assured that the volcano has been dormant since 1824 and has been officially declared safe.