Peach Mango Smoothie

This smoothie packed full of delicious fruits and perfect for a hot summer day!


Ingredients:
1 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cube-sized piece of ginger
1 cup frozen peaches
1 tsp turmeric
Water
Ice cubes

Preparation:
Put all ingredients except the ice cubes into a blender and blend. Add the ice cubes and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Tips: For extra nutrition feel free to add greens such as kale or spinach.

Peaches

Peaches are a popular summertime fruit thought to have originated from Asia more than 8,000 years ago. Considered a stone fruit they are closely related to plums, nectarines, and apricots. Peaches are very nutritious and offer many health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and vitamins including vitamins A and K. In addition, peaches are associated with improving digestion, skin health, and improving heart health. Peaches are easy to incorporate into your diet, they can be eaten raw, canned, and used in both sweet and savory dishes.

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Grilled Eggplant

Today we have a delicious summer recipe for you: grilled eggplant. This dish is super simple to prepare and perfect for sharing with friends.

Cut the eggplants in half, score the flesh, and then cook on the grill or in the oven until the eggplant is nice and soft. While the eggplant is cooking, take yogurt (according to your plan) and season with salt and pepper and any other spices (cumin, red pepper flakes etc.). Remove the eggplant from the grill and serve with the yogurt and fresh herbs (mint, parsley etc.). This recipe also works great with other vegetables such as zucchini and bell peppers.

Tip: Sprinkle the eggplant with salt and allow to sit on a paper towel for 10-15 minutes. This removes some of the water and allows for faster cooking.

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Healthy Grilling

Tips for a healthy barbeque : Leave out filling side dishes like mac and cheese or bread and give your body extra healthy carbohydrates in the form of vegetables. Grilling vegetables gives them a particularly delicious flavor. They can be put on skewers in a colorful mix, for example, but they also cook wonderfully in grill bowls. You don’t always have to use barbecue classics like corn, peppers or zucchini. Other vegetables such as asparagus, eggplant, fennel or pumpkin also do well on the hot barbecue. To prevent them from sticking to the grill, brush them with a little oil beforehand and season them at the same time. Then put them on the barbecue and in a few minutes you can enjoy them.

Metabolic Balance

Metabolic Balance was developed from the knowledge that what we eat has an enormous influence on the functioning of our body systems and processes and therefore on our overall well-being and health.

Food and eating habits that have become “normal” today are actually not what is good for most of us. Food low in nutritional value or simply the wrong food choices can disrupt your body’s natural self-regulation and result in ill health.

Metabolic Balance focuses solely on metabolic health – when you address the cause and restore balance to the body, natural healing and health can happen.

Metabolic Balance is a comprehensive nutrition concept based on individual support alongside the creation of an personalized nutrition plan.

Our plans show which foods you should eat to provide the right nutrients you need; in what quantities these foods should be eaten; what combination of foods are best for you; when and how to consume these foods and how to maintain your new eating habits for long term sustainable success.

Let us help you be your best self and reach a place of optimal health and wellness!

Microbes and Exercise

While many of us know that the food we eat can affect the microbial community in our gut, did you know that exercise also plays a role in gut health?

Multiple studies have provided evidence that exercising at least three times a week can enrich microbial diversity, improve gut barrier functions, modulate mucosal immunity and stimulate microbes to produce beneficial compounds such as short chain fatty acids. Although more research is needed to understand the mechanisms behind the association between exercise and gut health, exercise is beneficial!

To learn more check out these articles below:

-https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2095254616300163

-https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5357536/

-https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/exercise-changes-our-gut-microbes–but-how-isnt-yet-clear-66281

Easy Grilling Marinade

Today we want to share a recipe for a delicious barbecue marinade that is easy to make and perfect for a summer night!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup (125 mL) rapeseed oil
1 large grated onion
1 Tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves (chopped)
Smoked paprika and red pepper flakes
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Mix all of the ingredients together. Place any type of protein or vegetable in the marinade for at least three hours, or even better overnight before grilling. Enjoy!

Healthy Grilling

Get the tongs ready – steady – go! Check out the tips below for making grilling healthy and fun!

  • Use only charcoal without harmful residues. The same applies to barbecue lighting aids.
  • Caution. If fat or oily marinade drips down, smoke is produced that contains highly toxic substances that are considered carcinogenic. 
  • The easiest way to prevent fat and liquid from running into the embers is to use aluminum foil on the grill grid.
  • Smoked or cured meat should not be grilled: It contains nitrite salts, which produce nitrosamines in the food at high heat. These are also said to be carcinogenic.

Happy Grilling!

The Truth About Sugar

Ever since the advent of low-fat foods, sugar has become an ingredient found in thousands of products in grocery stores. From tomato sauce to nut butters, many foods have hidden amounts of sugar. Consuming too much sugar may have serious health consequences and can lead to dental decay and diabetes. Elevated insulin levels caused by eating too many refined carbohydrates such as sugar also increases the risk of:

1. Weight gain, especially around the stomach area. Sugar alters our appetite-regulating hormones, causing us to crave more of it. We also store excess sugars in the most easily-accessible fat cells around our liver, resulting in the famous ‘apple shape’

2. Joint pain. Excess sugar lead to unwanted inflammation which can lead to inflamed joints

3. Wrinkly skin. Spare sugar molecules attach to ‘AGE’ (advanced glycation end products) in the bloodstream, and together they damage the structure of healthy skin causing sagginess and wrinkles

4. Liver diseases. It’s not just alcohol that can cause liver disease. Fructose from juice, corn syrup and very high fruit consumption can accumulate as fat in the liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

5. Heart disease. High insulin levels are caused by excess refined carbohydrates and this can damage arteries. Conditions such as high blood pressure, raised cholesterol and heart disease.

The good news is that this is all avoidable! Taking regular simple steps to reduce your sugar intake can make a huge difference.

If you want to reset your body and balance your metabolism with expert, professional help and our scientifically-proven wholefood program, get in touch.

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Wild Herbs with Goat Cheese and Pomegranate

This delicious salad is perfect as a light lunch or dinner! Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Preparation time 16 minutes

Ingredients:
4 – 5 Tbsp. of goat’s cream cheese
1 small bunch of chives
1 shallot
1 Tbsp. of hazelnuts
2 Tbsp. of pomegranate seeds
3 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 Tbsp. of white wine vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard, coarse-grained
Cress according to taste
2 handfuls of wild herbs

Preparation:
In a small bowl, season goat’s cream cheese with sea salt and pepper and shape into praline-sized balls. Place on a plate, cover and briefly put in the freezer to set. In the meantime, prepare the toppings by rinsing the chives under cold running water, dabbing dry with paper towel and cutting into fine rings. Peel and halve the shallot and cut into fine cubes. Mix both ingredients together and set aside as a topping. Briefly toast hazelnuts in a pan all around, without adding fat, over medium heat. Then chop finely and set aside as another topping. Remove goat’s cream cheese balls from the freezer and roll each in a topping, creating a colorful variety. Then put in the fridge. Mix a dressing of olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard and cress, and season with sea salt and pepper. In a large bowl, mix wild herbs with the dressing. Arrange equally in 2 bowls, or in deep plates, and arrange goat’s cream cheese pralines and pomegranate seeds on top. Enjoy!