- 1/2 Pop-Tart
- 1 Pop-Tart
- 2 Pop-Tarts
- 5 chips
- 11 chips
- 18 chips
- 24 chips
- 1/4 cup
- 1/2 cup
- 1 cup
- 7 nuts
- 14 nuts
- 28 nuts
- 35 nuts
- 1 Oreo
- 2 Oreos
- 3 Oreos
- 4 Oreos
- 2 chips
- 6 chips
- 10 chips
- 16 chips
- 1/4 cup
- 1/3 cup
- 1/2 cup
- 1 cup
- 7 crackers
- 15 crackers
- 27 crackers
- 45 crackers
- 7 pretzels
- 11 pretzels
- 15 pretzels
- 21 pretzels
- 1 stick
- 2 sticks
- 3 sticks
- 4 sticks
1. When someone else is making the food but they make it in a different way to how you usually have it.
2. Or worse, when they give you a measly portion.
So you have decide whether to ask for more and look greedy, or smile and starve to death.
3. Showing up to a popular restaurant without a reservation.
What if there’s a queue? What if we have to wait????
4. Menus with limited options.
5. And equally, menus with too many options.
6. Although nothing is more nerve-racking than avague menu.
7. When the one thing you wanted to order is sold out.
8. When people take forever to decide what to order.
9. And when you’re finally ready but the waiter still hasn’t come over.
10. When your food arrives but you’re not sure if you can eat it until everyone has theirs too.
11. Going for dinner with a friend on a diet.
“Let’s just get something light!”
12. Or worse, when you’re out with a friend and ready to eat, but they aren’t hungry yet.
13. Putting your food in the office fridge.
There is always an office thief who has no fucking shame and will eat the things you love.
14. Reading an email about free food 15 minutes later than everyone else.
It will all be gone.
15. Going to a party or event where they haven’t mentioned if there is going to be food.
16. Or when there are only canapés and you have to practically stalk the waiting staff to get any.
17. When you’re in a group and someone suggests sharing platters or tapas.
18. BECAUSE WHAT IF SOMETHING CANNOT BE EQUALLY DIVIDED?
19. Finally, just going anywhere where you are not in sole control of food.
1. Make your own bistro box aka adult Lunchable.
Prep a container full of sliced cheese, a container full of apple slices, a bunch of hardboiled eggs, and whatever else you want. Then every evening before bed, use these building blocks to put together a bistro box for the next day. Here’s the recipe for the one pictured here.
2. Store all of those ingredients in the iconic green-lidded Pruta containers.
I mean, you probably already have these if you graduated from college in the last four years. Reusable containers like these cut down on the cost of buying new plastic or paper bags every so often. Get a set of 17 for $4.99 here.
4. Make a plan for your weekday lunches at the beginning of the month, whether or not you stick to it.
It’s like setting an intention for the month at the beginning of it (or just on a weekend where you have enough energy to think through how many veggies you want to eat every week, etc.). Get this free printable version here.
5. Include several things you can make in advance, like a huge batch of a freezer-friendly chili.
This is a great way to avoid the blah-ness of eating the same thing at lunch every day for five days straight — just make Tuesdays and Thursdays chili day at work, and take a break from the other three meals you’ve prepped. Lean more about freezing techniques here, and find a bunch of freezer-friendly recipes here.
6. You can also try making custom hot pockets out of pre-made dough (although maybe only make them a week or so in advance).
Next time the pre-made dough is on sale, buy a little extra so you can make these. They’re super customizable with whatever you happen to have in your fridge at the time. Then once you get them to work, you can easily reheat them in the microwave.Here’s how to make ‘em.
11. If the idea of eating salads or sandwiches for lunch makes you roll your eyes, try making a large veggie frittata at the beginning of the week.
14. Stick a set of these adjustable, reusable utensils in your bag.
This set lets you have a fork, a spoon, and chopsticks if you’d like — all for $4.99, which is just about the cost of a big box of disposable utensils that won’t last you nearly as long as these will. You could also just bring some flatware from home.
15. Set a daily alarm on your phone calendar to remind you to pack or grab your lunch every morning.
Or find SOMETHING to remind yourself to grab what you need out of the fridge. Letting the powerful computer that you carry around in your pocket remember things so you don’t have to = basically what it was designed to do.
1. Asparagus grows STRAIGHT OUT OF THE GROUND and it’s kinda creepy.
2. Eggplants grow on low plants and are technically berries (wtf).
3. Peanuts grow underground and look kinda gnarly.
4. Cashews grow out of these weird apple-like things and have toxic shells, which is why you’ll never see unshelled cashews at the store.
5. Artichokes are flowers — the part we eat is the bud of the flower — and they produce these beautiful blossoms when they bloom, rendering the rest of the plant inedible.
6. Quinoa is the edible seeds of this plant.
7. Pineapples grow in the middle of these cute plants and make for some really cute pineapple fields.
8. Avocados grow on trees in big clusters. See you at Chipotle!
9. Kiwi grow on vines. For some reason, I always pictured a tree??
10. Almonds are the seeds of this tree. They grow in woody shells.
11. Ginger is the underground root of this plant.
12. Papayas grow like bananas in a cluster on a tree.
13. Kidney beans grown in pods, obvi.
14. Dates grow in large, pendulous clumps on date palm trees.
15. Capers are the pickled flower buds of this plant.
16. Brussels sprouts grow aboveground in these crazy stalks.
17. Celery grows straight out of the ground, too.
18. Chickpeas grow in low plants in these little green shells.
19. Olives grow on weird-looking trees and are harvested by shaking the bough or tree until they fall off.
20. Cinnamon is literally the dried inner bark of this tree.
21. Broccoli is actually the flower of this plant.
Rupashree Adam from Chennai accomplished with her awesome new art project. She creates miniature platters of inviting AF food and these tiny works of art will get your appetite going.
Her tiny, delicious creations are made with polymer clay, but with as much love and care as any chef would put into their dishes.
Rupashree’s inspiration for miniature foods started way back when she was a young girl and used to play with tiny toys of cooking vessels, pots and cutlery.
And before she knew it, her love for tiny pretend-food led to a fascinating new take on food art.
Be it full-on meals, snacks or decadent desserts, Rupashree can do it all – in miniature form!
Eating disorders. I want to tell you three things about them. Anorexia and Bulimia aren’t the only ones, they’re everywhere and we don’t know nearly enough about them.
Read on for some of the most obscure eating disorders that exist and you might discover you know someone who has ’em!
Anthropophagy is another term for cannibalism
Now, this is a pretty solid no-no in ‘civilised’ society, but there are remote tribes around the world that practise it. There is also a small percentage of people who live in modern societies who identify as cannibals and occasionally will seek out willing participants who will let them eat small fatty parts of their bodies.
Orthorexics have an unhealthy obsession with eating only and very healthy foods
I know, it sounds like a pretty great condition, but it makes one cautious about organic and what they see as pure foods to such an extent that it can overtake their lives and impede on their eating habits.
3. Chewing And Spitting
A person suffering from this chews their food and spits it out to cut back on calories and fat intake
Another avatar of anorexia, this is for people who like food and don’t necessarily want to cut it out all together, but who also don’t want to feel the guilt of eating.
People who live with pica have an obsessive compulsive feeling to eat non-food items such as dirt, chalk, paint, soap, or even cigarette butts
Not only is pica an eating disorder, it is also a mental health issue.
5. Bigorexia or Muscle Dysmorphia
People suffering from it often do as much as they can to create abnormal muscle gain.
Sometimes called reverse anerexia nervosa, muscle dymorphia is the obsession that one isn’t muscular enough to meet their own or someone else’s standard of fitness, believing his or herself to be too skinny. Their diets are extremely limited and unhealthy for their sizes and workout routines.
Imagine suffering from a compulsion to eat wood. That’s what xylophagics suffer from
Kids do often ingest such items, however an adult known to commonly ingest pencils, paper, or bark off trees can be diagnosed with Xylophagia.
7. Night Eating Syndrome
Night eating syndrome sufferers delay their food intake until the late evening, or have a habit of waking up in the middle of the night to eat
These people aren’t necessarily binge eaters, but at times believe that before they’re able to sleep, or get back to sleep, they have to eat something.
People with trichophagia eat hair
In a severe case of the disorder, one has to undergo surgery to remove large hair ball blockages that get stuck in the intestines, causing major health issues while making it impossible for food to be digested.
The drinking of urine is diagnosed as urophagia
This doesn’t mean that a person drinks their own pee – they may drink others as well.
Geophagy sufferers have a preference for the taste of earth
They eat dirt, clay, chalk, and mud. The condition could cause serious infections because at times animal feces can be in any of those substances and people can become sick from parasites and bugs.
Coprophagia describes people who eat feces
Yep, poop. This disorder is extremely rare in humans, but not impossible.
This is the eating of skin picked off from one’s body
A control disorder, Dermatillomania is a condition where a person repeatedly and almost continuously picks at their skin. Some people with dermatillomania go a step further and eat what they pick off, including dead skin and scabs.
13. Body Dysmorphic Disorder
Body dysmorphic disorder gives one a distorted view of the reality of themselves
While this disorder isn’t relegated specifically to diet, the effect can have an impact on someone’s eating habits. A morphed body image would lead one to take on diets and exercises that their body cannot handle.
14. Anorexia Athletica
A person with anorexia athletica is obsessed with compulsive exercising
These people may look as if they love all things fitness, but the underlying theme between them and a person who likes to hit the gym frequently is that it has a negative impact on their day to day activities, work, and relationships.
15. Selective Eating Disorder
This can sometimes lead people to thinking that it’s just a case of someone being a ‘picky eater’
However, many suffering with SED believe that there is only a finite amount of foods that they can eat. “People who are picky aren’t doing this just to be stubborn,” said eating researcher Nancy Zucker of Duke University, to Live Science. “Extremely picky eaters experience food differently than the rest of us.”
16. Binge-Eating Disorder
This is an eating disorder characterised by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food (often very quickly and to the point of discomfort)
Binges are usually accompanied by a feeling of a loss of control, shame, distress or guilt afterwards.
Science says that food tastes better when it looks good. Yeah, undoubtedly. Food is art. However, there are times when it’s all sunshine on the plate and it gets hard to even think about eating it.
Here’s a list of desserts which are too beautiful to eat:
‘There is no love sincerer than the love of food’ – George Bernard Shaw
One of the easiest ways to lead a healthy lifestyle is by adhering to a healthy diet. Fruits are your way to success if you’re looking to get all the necessary vitamins and minerals from your food. One of the trickiest parts of eating fruits is buying fruits that are ripe.
We’ve simplified the procedure for you with a some simple tips:
We know we are risking it by going against your gym instructor, diet expert with an experience of X years and your personal nutritionist who helped you get shed X kilos – basically all those people who conditioned you into loathing carbs, but it is true and it is backed by science that carbs are good for your health.
Remember your grandmom serving nice homemade food with generous dollops of ghee? Maybe she wasn’t all that wrong.
Let’s turn to Japan. Japan boasts the world’s second highest life expectancy and an obesity rate of just 3.5 percent – compared to America’s 35 percent.
What do you think is the reason behind Japan’s super duper good health rate? You might not feel like believing it but it is their grain-heavy and carb-rich diet.
Eating ‘real food’ is never a bad idea! *does the foodie high-five*
For those who did not know, Japan has a nutritional guideline and it reflects the country’s traditional diet, which is high in grains, fish and soybean products, but low in fat.
And a new study by researchers at the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo, reveals that “people who strongly adhere to Japan’s recommended dietary guidelines are 15 percent less likely to die of any cause – such as cardiovascular disease and stroke – compared to those who don’t adhere well.”
Good news for people who love food – you do not have to choose between your health and your beloved carbs.
James DiNicolantonio, a cardiovascular research scientist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, whovehemently defends to death the theory that sugar and carbs cause obesity and other metabolic diseases, also encourages people to eat more high-fat, high-calorie foods to make them feel more full and help them lose weight.
*faith in human attitude towards food restored*
“Combining a high intake of carbohydrates and fat is the perfect storm for obesity,” he told the HuffPost.
“The Japanese tend to eat high carb (both rice and vegetables) but a low intake of fat.”
The trick that works for the Japanese might be the fact that the average Japanese person walks over 7,000 steps a day. *remembers her sports shoes*
“We can learn a lot about how to be healthy from the Japanese, and it really comes down to eating real food and exercising,” he told the HuffPost.
*Runs to office cafeteria to place an order for food (truck)loaded with carbs*
On a breezy, cold day, what can please you better than a glass of chai and a plate full of piping hot sumptuous pakodas?
Even if we have tried and drooled over India’s famous pakodas, be it Hyderabad’s famous mirchi bajji or Delhi’s Ram laddus and Rajasthan’s Mirchi Ke Pakode, there are some that are waiting to be explored, popularised and devoured!
1. Chocolate Pakoda
What can be better than pakodas and chocolates? Chocolate pakodas, du-uh!
Now all of us have heard of fritters made with vegetables in batters of besan but who would have thought chocolate pakodas were a thing! Mix these ingredients and just deep fry it! *Excuse me while I make myself some and return from a trip to heaven*
2. Bhabra Pakoda
It is made by mixing green chickpeas in a thick besan batter.
Grab some green chickpeas and mix them in a thick besan batter. Graduate to fry them devour, mere mortals! You got to taste them! How is it different from vadas, you ask? Well, chickpeas work their magic on them.
3. Patta Pakoda
These pakodas are made using spinach, kankaua (commelina benghalensis), sweet potato leaves, tender pumpkin leaves, or tender chickpea shoots.
This is easily my favourite. A whole leaf is coated in a thin besan batter and fried till it’s crispy and sharp in flavours. You can use spinach, kankaua (Commelina benghalensis), sweet potato leaves, tender pumpkin leaves, or tender chickpea shoots. Chomp on these light, crunchy goo(oooh)dness.
4. Bhen ke Pakode
It is made by deep-frying lotus roots. The name is legendary, we know.
Chop some lotus roots up, and mix them in a batter of besan. You can add any seasoning you want to, because why not? Add some spices, fry them, serve it with chutney(s) to cheer yourself up. What can be a better pakoda than a pakoda that lets you cuss!
5. Flower Pakodas
It is made of pumpkin/agasti/jute/drumstick/kachnar flowers.
Go for pumpkin flowers, agasti flowers, jute flowers, drumstick flowers or kachnar (Bauhinia) flowers, whip up a batter of besan and cook yourself a plate of delicacies that feel, smell and taste like love!
6. Rikwachh Pakoda
It is made of Colocassia leaf and a spicy besan paste.
Take a large leaf of Colocasia, smother some spiced besan paste on it, roll it up, cut it into pieces and fry them up deep in oil. Gorge on these soft-on-the-inside, crisp-on-the-outside delights. *oh the feels*
A flat urad dal fritter, with peppercorns, ginger and asafoetida.
This is basically a flat urad dal fritter drizzled with grounded/whole peppercorns, pounded fresh ginger and a dash of asafoetida (heeng).
8. Kalmi Bade
These fritters are made of chana and urad dal, poached in boiled water and fried.
Soak chana and urad dal, turn it into a thick paste, add spices and shape them into a large ball. Either poach the large balls in boiling water or fry it. Cut the large ball in cubes and deep-fry it again. Cripsy, crunchy, and all kinds of yum, these badas are often served with a watery tamarind chutney for them to soak up and add a tamarindy zest to it.
These light pakodas are made with besan, or soaked chana dal paste and whipped vigorously to aerate it.
Something that started off traditionally, the batter of fulouri pakoda, made with besan, or soaked chana dal paste, is whipped vigorously to aerate it, as a result of which, these fritters are lightweight, crispy AND soft. You don’t need an excuse for cheating anymore.
These healthy pakodas are made of mung dal, and with a generous amount of cumin, ginger and asafoetida.
Made of soaked and ground mung dal, and with a generous amount of cumin, ginger and asafoetida (heeng) going into it, these pakodas are light, digestible, and healthy. In case you wanted a healthy pakoda option, here’s your yummy pick.