What To Eat – Based On Your Sun Sign!

You may have already checked your horoscope for the month, but have you checked your food horoscope? Well according to many astrologers, every zodiac sign has its own specific eating habits and preferences!

While many people prefer traditional homemade dishes, while others may prefer some exotic cuisine; some love to experiment, while others will eat anything because they are not picky! So what does your sign say about the way you crave, cook and eat? Foodstree brings to you your food horoscope revealing which zodiac sign should be eating what for a healthier and a more delicious time.

ARIES (March 21- April 19)

Aries lack time so they like things fast- even their food. Being the first zodiac sign in astrology and a fire sign, Aries love spicy food, hot and energizing. They are quite unpredictable and love trying out new and exotic food. One dish that’s perfect for an Aries is Red Curry – with is potent mix of spice, tangyness & creaminess.

Momo Hot Sauce

Mango Chilli Jam

TAURUS (April 20- May 19)

Taurus are considered the foodies of the zodiac universe, with a taste for the most luxurious foods in the world. For them, sweet always beats savory and their biggest challenge is to stop eating sweets. As they love traditional dishes and would not like to go for fast food they should try out preparations made with lemon and mint with a pinch of sweetness.

Citrus & Mint Demerara Sugar

Infused Test Tube Flavoured Honey – Orange, Vanilla, Ginger & Cinnamon

GEMINI (May 21- June 20)

Eating is not among their favorite activities for a Gemini, but they like cooking where their creativity can blossom. They have a fast metabolism so they prefer eating healthy. According to your food horoscope hummus, yogurt, granola are right up your alley.

Mocha Hazelnut Granola

Basil Hummus

CANCER (June 21- July 22)

Cancerians are known for their culinary skills. They love homemade food prepared from the finest quality of ingredients. As they tend to have more sensitive stomachs, they prefer nothing too fancy, they’re attracted to comfort foods and tend to enjoy dining at home on freshly made food instead of dining out. One of their all-time favorite dishes is soup.

Organic Soup Seasoning

Chai Ka Masala

LEO (July 23- August 22)

Leos appreciate the spice in life. For Leos food must be excellent, hot and spicy whether it’s with chillies, ginger or masalas – flavour is king. Leos appreciate only the finest ingredients that life has to offer. They prefer having one large meal in addition to several smaller snacks, and the mighty lion has a mightier appetite.

Quinoa Puff – Fiery Spice

Desi Chaat Makhana

VIRGO (August 23- September 22)

Virgos turn out to be excellent chefs because the exhibit a critical attention to detail. They are known for their perfection when it comes to fooding.  Small, nourishing, and frequent meals work best for this sign. Being health-conscious they fill up their plate with proteins and fresh produces. This month try on some home-made smoothies with fresh, leafy vegetables and lots of superfoods like matcha, goji berry, chia seeds and more.

Original Matcha Green Tea

Goji Berries

LIBRA (September 23- October 22)

Libras are food lovers but more than the food itself, they want it to look gorgeous. They are often dependent on chocolate and sweets, and they would give up their main course and rush towards the desserts that comes at the end of the meal. As they love to explore tastes and flavours, this month why not try out dishes dominated by ginger and sesame?

Toasted Sesame Seed Milk Chocolate Bar

Tulsi Ginger & Honey Cookies

SCORPIO (October 23- November 21)

Scorpians tend to have a high metabolism, and hence love high-calorie food as they often get hungry at mid-night  – because of which storing snacks is very essential for them. This sign is a spicy one and are usually inclined towards preparations with lots of flavour and punch. This month opt for some dark chocolates and crunchy healthy snacks to satisfy your mid-night cravings.

Guilt-Free Quinoa Chips – Chilli Tomato

Blueberry & Dark Chocolate (70%) Bar

SAGITTARIUS (November 22- December 21)

Food lovers born under this sign are usually adventurous and love to travel and experiment ethnic dishes across the globe. Variety is the spice of life for Sagittariuses. They love exotic food and crispy items.  As lovers of nature, they prefer organic and natural foods over processed.

Wasabi Quinoa Pops

Organic Dal Mixture

CAPRICORN (December 22- January 19)

Capricorns prefer quality over quantity. They are picky eaters and like simple dishes that they have eaten since they were children. They are devoted to the ritual of homemade non-spicy food. They can even settle with simple pulses and roti with lots of pickle and all kind of vegetable, long as it’s high quality and nutritious.

Healthy Roti Mix Flour

Fresh Lime Pickle

AQUARIUS (January 20- February 18)

Aquarius often prefer light, healthy meals, that is when they find time to eat! When they are occupied, they will eat whatever comes their way. They like leafy vegetables, green salads and appetizers. Anything that requires minimum preparation is food that Aquarius individuals love.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing

Aglio Olio Garlic Chilli Oil

PISCES (February 19- March 20)

People born under this sign love the joy of food. Pisces love delicate, gentle food that’s simply prepared. This sign tends to exhibit a sweet tooth and their favorites tend to be Asian and Continental food. Being a social month for you one of the best foods would be anything that is great for entertaining and sharing with your circle.

Baked Pita Chilli Garlic Break Crisps

Red Pepper Relish

10 Foods For A Happier, Healthier Period

The topic of menstrual health has taken centre stage across all wellness and fitness regimens. Why? Because the drastic change in women’s lifestyles over a couple of generations has resulted in complications in their systems. Polycystic Ovarian Disease or Syndrome (PCOD or PCOS) is a very common condition affecting almost 10% of women in the age group 12–45 years. As many as three in four women say they get Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) symptoms at some point in their lifetime. Mood swings and cramps are just an outward manifestation of the disorder within.

The menstrual cycle causes hormonal changes at the beginning of the period – i.e. menstruation causes oestrogen levels to rise. It is very important to pay attention to our eating habits and lifestyle during this time, as it can directly affect the delicate hormonal balance, and aggravate unwanted symptoms. During their cycle, it is also important for women to replenish the blood and iron that they lose. Research proves that a fibre-rich diet which is low in fat can control this and help regenerate blood. A diet full of Vitamin C, B6, E, Zinc, Magnesium and Omega-3 fatty acids can significantly help in reducing menstrual pain as well.

Not only during a period, but what you eat before is also key to a happy period. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) or premenstrual tension (PMT) is a collection of emotional, psychological, and physical symptoms that are linked to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Abdominal bloating, acne, headache including migrane, insomnia, low mood, fatigue, irritation, slight weight gain are symptoms faced by most women in the days leading up to her period. During this time a woman’s body demands nutritional food or supplements. There’s no need to put up with the fatigue, bloating, and sleep disturbances, when you can eat your way to a happier period and see the difference!

Foodstree presents the top 10 foods to help you have a healthier and pain-free period:

  1. Dark chocolates
  2. Oats cookies
  3. Chamomile tea
  4. Green tea
  5. Cinnamon sticks
  6. Banana chips
  7. Sesame seeds snacks
  8. Kale crisps
  9. Nuts
  10. Flax seeds

“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 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!

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.