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November 17, 2016: Food art is the process of creating beautiful and unbelieving models with food. Chefs use these arts to gather the customer’s attention. Mother’s use this to make their children eat vegetables. Below are few of the food arts from around the globe.

  1. Chewbacca noodles
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Picture of Chewbacca noodles. Flickr

Noodles is a staple food in may cultures. It is made from dough that is stretched, rolled flat and then cut into a variety of shapes. In this art, noodles are designed as Chewbacca which is a character from the Star Wars who was part of a team who restored freedom to the galaxy.

2. Hot Dog mummies

Picture of Hot dogs dressed as mummies. Flickr
Picture of Hot dogs dressed as mummies. Flickr

Here is the Halloween inspired mummy hot dog. These are easy to make and are so adorable.  A hot dog is basically a frankfurter served in a soft, long roll which has various sauces and condiments.

3. Sleeping Rice Bear

Picture of a bear made of rice. Flickr
Picture of a bear made of rice. Flickr

A plain omelet can be used for the blanket, cooked brown rice for the bear and a sausage link for the body. An omelet is a beaten egg dish cooked in a frying pan. It has savoury or sweet fillings.

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4. Hairy sausage

Picture of a hairy sausage. Flickr
Picture of a hairy sausage. Flickr

First the uncooked sausage is pinned with spaghetti and then both of them are cooked together. Sausage is usually made from ground meat including veal, pork and beef with a skin around it. It is typically made from intestines.

5. Vegetable face

Picture of a face made of vegetables. Flickr
Picture of a face made of vegetables. Flickr

This kind of art is very popular and one can see a variety of designs posted by various food lovers on the internet. It involves carving of the vegetables to form a beautiful object suvh as an animal. Some believe that the art originated in Sukothai, Thailand, about 700 years ago. 

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6. Curry Onsen

Picture of a panda relaxing in a bowl of curry. Flickr
Picture of a panda relaxing in a bowl of curry. Flickr

It is quite easy to make and one can include its own changes such as a relaxing Onigiri man in curry onsen. Curry is a famous cuisine of our country. It uses complex combinations of various spices including hot chilies. A curry onsen depicts the Japanese hot spring and the bathing facilities and inns naerby them, where a panda relaxes in a onsen of curry

Picture of a lunch box with a Totoro bento. Flickr
Picture of a lunch box with a Totoro bento. Flickr

Totoro is a giant rabbit like creature who is a spirit. Bento is a takeout or home packed meal. it is very common in Japan. A traditional bento contains, vegetables, fish, meat and rice packed in a disposable and mass produced lunch box.

8. Kitty chasing fish latte art

Picture of a kitty latte art. Flickr
Picture of a kitty latte art. Flickr

This is a latte art. It is a method of preparing coffee into a shot of espresso by pouring steamed milk. This results in the formation of a design or pattern on the surface of latte. Artists create beautiful art using the milk and drawing in the top layer of the foam.

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Stop Mindless Snacking With These 2 Essential Steps

Don't think of snacks as extras, instead consciously work healthy bites into your diet, and make some smart snacks a part of your food plan for the day.

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Eat Peanuts, Chickpeas, to Lower Cholesterol and Improve Blood Pressure. Pixabay

Snacking is not a mindless pursuit. And unlike universally thought, snacks are not devoid of benefits. In fact, if done right, it can be a perfect way of incorporating important, often missed out nutrients to our daily diet. But for that to happen you need to become a smart snacker. Its a skill easily learned, as long as you master and follow the two essential smart snacking rules.

Kavita Devgan, a renowned nutritionist, weight management consultant and health writer based in Delhi, lays down the rules of healthy snacking:

*Ensure that you choose to eat only those snacks that are made from right ingredients. This in fact is an accurate way of ensuring that the nutrients we need are added to our diet. A few of my favourite ingredients include Kaala Channa, nuts like almond, cashews and seeds, olive oil and whole grains.

* Kala Channa, a nutrition powerhouse, delivers a lot of fibre that helps regulate our blood sugar and is also loaded with nutrients that help save us from seasonal disorders by boosting our immunity.

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The best snacking to boost and maintain heart health is one low in refined carbohydrates, sugars and processed foods. Pixabay

The easiest way to get a stockpile of multiple vitamins and minerals, even difficult to find trace minerals, is to eat snacks that have nuts and seeds added liberally to them. Besides they also deliver high levels of essential fatty acids (EFA’s), wholesome fibre, and much needed good quality protein (with all essential amino acids). My personal favourites are almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds and sesame seeds.

* It is always better to opt for truly baked, healthy and wholesome snacks as they are actually good for you. In fact, one of the best ways to lower fat consumption is to switch from deep fried snacks to baked snacks as they will help you keep both the calories and fat consumption down easily.

* Pick up snacks made in olive oil, as this is the smartest way to ensure omega 3 and to correct the good vs bad fat imbalance in our diet. It is the best way to keep our digestion humming along, keep constipation away and to keep cravings away. A snack made with whole grains (ragi, wheat, oats, jowar, amaranth, bajra etc.) is the best way to add nutrition to our diet and stay full for longer too.

* Make snacking a conscious activity. Snack mindfully, not mindlessly. It is essential that we not only snack smart but we also pick and select our snack smartly. So, wizen up to the misleading marketing messages and avoid snack packs that don’t deliver what is promised on the face of their pack.

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Eat good food. Pixabay

* Look out for promises and phrases like Fat-Free, Low in Calories and Lite snacks. Don’t take them on face value. All it takes is flipping the pack to the back and reading all ingredients, their proportions, style of making etc. to understand the health and calorie quotient of the snack you are picking up.

* Don’t think of snacks as extras, instead consciously work healthy bites into your diet, and make some smart snacks a part of your food plan for the day. This way they will work for you constructively. Finally, always focus on eating snacks that deliver something extra (yes more than just satisfaction and calories). That way you add value to your daily diet via the snacks that you eat and score some health too along the way.

Shikha Sharma, a dietician based out of Delhi, expresses her opinion on snacking carefully:

Also Read: A Diet Rich in Nutrients Helps in Living Longer: Study

* Focus on Clean Label. Consumers and regulators continue to put new pressures on food manufacturers, asking for even more information on the label. Consumers want to know the origin of their food. Food transparency strategies are now critical elements of the industry – no longer optional.

* Many varieties of snacks and breads sold in supermarkets have taken a huge hit in recent years as consumers are shifting to more health and wellness foods. More gluten-free and clean-label baked formulations are cropping up in stores, thanks to consumer demand for more transparent options that are convenient and more nutritious. (IANS)