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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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.

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.