Coconut Flour

In recent years, using different types of flours and specifically coconut flour has become more and more popular. Although we recommend it only from phase 4 onwards, here is some information about this versatile ingredient.

Coconut flour cannot be compared with conventional flours such as those made from wheat because it contains only a few carbohydrates, approx. 15 %, and no gluten. It is characterized by its protein content and high content of insoluble fiber, with one tablespoon of coconut flour containing 5 g of fiber. Coconut flour is often referred to as low-fat, as the fat is largely removed during the production process. It is great for baking where the original flour quantity is simply replaced by coconut flour. You may have to increase the liquids when baking as coconut flour absorbs a lot liquid. This also makes it a great binding agent for sauces or even soups!

The Relationship Between Apples and Uric Acid

We all know apples have benefits – but did you know they also reduce uric acid levels?

Uric acid is a natural waste by-product produced from the digestion of foods that contain purine. Usually the body filters out most of the uric acid through the kidneys but when we consume foods high in purine (such as certain meats, beer, and sardines) uric acid build can occur.
A build up of uric acid can lead to a painful condition called gout. Health conditions that can also lead to high uric acid levels include kidney disease/kidney dysfunction, hypothyroidism, psoriasis, and diabetes.

One way to help reduce your uric acid levels is through apples and apple cider vinegar! The malic acid that apples contain has been associated with lowering plasma uric acid. Here is another reason to eat an apple a day!

Whole, Fresh Food

At Metabolic Balance we place great importance on ensuring that only natural and healthy ingredients appear on your nutrition plans. We do not recommend using any ready-made products, instead we encourage you to create dishes from your food list and play with spices. Cooking for yourself is not only healthier, it also tastes great and simply makes you happy. Although this can be challenging at first, our coaches as well as helpful tips and tricks from our online community are here to help!

Self-Care

Look after yourself!

One of the most important ways to do this is by practicing self-care.
Being your own best friend and being kind to yourself is vital. Sometimes this might mean taking it easy for a day, letting something go that’s not working for you, or focusing on your health and what foods your body needs to feel good. Self-care is something that can easily get lost in the rush of life or can be difficult to put in to practice.

Phase 1 at the start of your Metabolic Balance journey is sometimes referred to as TLC (Tender Loving Care) day! We want you to take it easy, be kind and nurture yourself. Try to incorporate small things into your day so that each day has moments of TLC!

Good Food Brings Health

Good food increases your well-being and quality of life. During a dietary change your awareness for the whole body changes. You begin to pay more attention to yourself and eat more consciously. The result is: You feel good all around. If that is not a good reason to eat healthier then what is!

To start your journey towards health and learn more about Metabolic Balance visit our website or Facebook page!

Prunes

Often times, prunes are an overlooked and undervalued food! Usually when they are mentioned to our clients, many are a bit surprised saying, “Oh I don’t think I’ve had them before” or “I haven’t had prunes in years!”

One of the great things about your Metabolic Balance food list is that it allows you to try and experiment with different foods that you may not have had in years or never tried. And with prunes it is pretty much always, “I thought I didn’t like prunes but I’m really liking them” or “they’re a great way to finish my meal”!

Not only are prunes delicious but they are also nutritious! They are great for heart health and regulating blood sugar levels for healthy weight loss. Prunes have also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one) and may have anti-cancer properties. On top of that, they are a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A, folic acid, potassium and calcium.

Credit: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Summer Vegetable Soup with Chickpeas

This soup is a great way to use up any leftover produce and is packed full of flavor!

Ingredients:
1 serving of chickpeas
1 serving of vegetables (ex: carrot, zucchini, celery, beans)
1/2 chopped tomato
1 Tbsp. chopped onion
1/2 garlic clove
1 ¾ cup (400 ml) vegetable stock
Marjoram (can substitute oregano)
Bay leaf 
Fresh chives
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Soak the chickpeas overnight by placing them in a bowl and covering with water. The next day, drain the excess water and add the soaked chickpeas to a pot. Add 4 cups (1L) of cold water. Bring to the boil, then cover and cook over low heat for about an hour until the chickpeas are soft. In the meantime, wash, clean or peel the vegetables. Cut carrots, zucchini, and celery into thin slices. Peel the onion and garlic and dice finely. 

Cook the onion and garlic over medium heat in a large pot until translucent. Add the broth and then bring the mixture to the boil. Add the vegetables to the broth one after the other and bring everything to the boil again. Add marjoram and bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Cover the soup and let it cook for about 10 minutes over low heat. Drain the chickpeas and then add them to the soup along with the tomatoes. Simmer the soup on low for another 5 minutes. Wash the chives, shake dry and cut into fine rolls. Sprinkle the soup with chives. Enjoy!

Grilling Tips

Today we bring you the final part of our grilling tips series!

Some of the most delicious foods to throw on the grill are vegetables! Extremely versatile, they can be used in multiple ways including being put on skewers. For example, a great option is bell peppers in colorful alternation with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes and/or zucchini. But vegetables also cook wonderfully in barbecue trays, such as asparagus, which, marinated or unmarinated, is delicious when grilled. Eggplant, fennel, pumpkin (all in slices or wedges), spring onions or corn also taste great from the hot grill. Most vegetables need some fat to prevent them from sticking, so coat them with some type of oil and season before placing on the grill.

Happy Grilling!

New Heights

Are you looking to take your health to new heights?

If you are, then Metabolic Balance is perfect for you!

Based on peer-reviewed science, this nutrition plan is customized specifically to your body. Rather than having one program for all of our clients, we tailor everything to you! Whether you are looking to lose weight, resolve skin or GI issues, or better manage chronic conditions, Metabolic Balance can help restore balance in your body.

For more information or to connect with one of our coaches visit our website!

Amazing Results with Metabolic Balance

With over 1 million satisfied clients around the world, the results of Metabolic Balance speak for themselves! Using the results from your blood test, we create a personalized nutrition plan for you. Along with support from a Metabolic Balance coach and our online community you will have all the tools you need to be successful on your journey towards to optimal wellness.

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