18 Healthy Snacks To Munch On While Watching The World Cup Finals

This Sunday is sure to be one of the most iconic of the year, with the FIFA finals around the corner! Whether you’re cheering on your favourite team or taking in the moments with your peeps, make your World Cup viewing party an event by itself. 

Popcorn, nuts, chips and dips are hogging staples while hanging out with your friends and family. But we often overlook the detrimental effects of this junk food while our eyes are glued to the screen. But worry not! Knowing what your weekend plans are, we have a few snack options for you to fulfill the cravings of your tummy. So why not stock up on healthier substitutes that taste even better?
Here is a list of Foodstree’s favourite munchies to make your night even more memorable! 

Makhanas

Popcorn

Crackers

Dips

Crisps

Nuts

5 Essential Foods for Healthy Hair!

So tired of noticing hair strands on your pillow or hairbrush, that your patience is wearing thin? Don’t worry, you’re not only the one. Hair fall has been a persistent problem faced by 95% of people worldwide, especially women. Although it cannot be stopped permanently, it can definitely be controlled. Consuming the recommended amount of nutrients and fibers can not only help you prevent hair loss, but also make your hair thick and shiny!

Foodstree brings to you five healthy options to overcome your hair fall issues:

1) Almond Butter– Almonds are a rich source of Vitamin E and Magnesium. A single spoon of almond butter contains nearly 20-30% of the recommended daily intake of both these hair-friendly nutrients, making your hair stronger and grow faster.

2Amla Berries–  Since ancient times, Amla or Indian Gooseberry is considered to be an effective treatment for dandruff as well as a great conditioner. Amla can be consumed in any form — juice, candy or tea. It helps to strengthen hair follicles and prevent hair fall.

3) Barley– Barley is rich in Iron and Vitamin B complex, which are helpful in increasing the count of red blood cells. The increased flow of hemoglobin aids in preventing hair damage. Moreover, the Copper contained in barley helps to retain the natural colour of your hair.

4) Flax Seeds– The high content of Omega-3 fatty acids in flax seeds is vital to avoid a dry scalp. It soothes the hair, and adds to its lustre. Flax seeds also balance the scalp’s pH level and oil production, thereby making it less prone to breakage.

5) Avocado Oil– Avocados area storehouse of Vitamin E and B. By adding a spoon of avocado oil with your regular oil, you could fight hair loss and stimulate blood flow. It is a practical way to protect and strengthen you hair.

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!

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

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.