Organic Apples

Organic apples are great for so many reasons!

Did you know that an apple contains more than one million bacteria? This is what scientists at Graz University of Technology found out in a 2019 study. Eating apples is therefore not only beneficial because they contain an abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber but also because they contain microbes. The bacteria found in the seeds and flesh, can have beneficial effects on the microbiota in your intestine. In this study, it was also examined whether there is a difference between apples from conventional cultivation vs organic apples. The result was clear: the organic apples showed significantly more diverse bacterial communities. So enjoy your organic apples and stay healthy!

Study: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724090255.htm

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!

One Apple A Day …

… easy steps to improve your immune system and well-being! We all know the old proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are nutrient-rich, known to lower uric acid as well as cholesterol. Especially older varieties of apples are rich in polyphenols, which counteract free radicals. Meaning, the naturally occurring flavonoids (phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables) carry out antioxidant action.Therefore, Metabolic Balance applies these impressive health benefits – we eat one apple a day – that’s one of our strategies of success. Join us!If you have a Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan – put it to good use! Re-balance your metabolism now. If you do not have a plan yet, get in contact with us – or one of our certified coaches. We are looking forward hearing from you!

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We Are What We Eat!

This means a healthy and balanced diet of healthy food helps the whole body – inside and out. The right foods allow us to feel great and look great with clear skin and healthy hair. 

If we take apples as an example, they contain so many valuable nutrients and trace elements that can bind and neutralize damaging substances in the body such as free radicals. This results in so many benefits such as strong and healthy connective tissue aka beautiful skin!

Try this easy recipe – for a different way to get your apple a day: apple and oat streusel with walnuts (this is a Phase 3 recipe)

Ingredients for 1 serving:
160 g of tart apple (for example Granny Smith)
30 g of rolled oats
15 g of butter (or ghee)
20 g of chopped walnuts
Spices: cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon juice (optional), a pinch of salt

Preparation:
Peel the apple, cut into thin wedges, (drizzle with lemon juice) and place in a small greased ovenproof dish. Chop the nuts, add the oats and knead them together with the butter / ghee, salt, vanilla and cinnamon to form the streusel (crumble). Spread the streusel over the apple slices and bake at 150°C (300°F) for 20 to 30 minutes.

Drink your allotment of milk as the protein portion.

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Breakfast with a Twist

Scrambled Eggs with Apple

Ingredients: 1-2 eggs (depending on your serving), 1 shot sparkling mineral water, salt, fresh vanilla pulp, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 apple

Preparation: Wash and core the apple and chop or grate into small pieces. Heat a good non-stick pan, without adding any fat, sauté the apple. Beat the egg with the mineral water and season with salt. Add the egg mixture to the cooked apple and heat until firm. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

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One Apple A Day – Check-Out this Recipe!

We love our apple a day and we are always trying new ways to include it in our daily meals. Thus, we invite you to try this delicious leek gratin with apple and croutons.

You need for 1 serving:
1 serving feta
1 serving vegetables (leek, diced red onion, tomato)
1 apple
1 serving 100% rye bread
Herbs and spices: rock or sea salt, freshly ground pepper, 1 pinch ground Garam Masala, garlic oil, 1 tsp. oil

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). Clean and wash the leeks and cut into rings. Wash, core and slice the apple. Cut the feta into small cubes. Sauté the diced onion in oil, add the leek and some water, gently cook for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the chopped apple and season to taste. Layer everything into an ovenproof dish and sprinkle with feta. Place in a preheated oven and bake on the middle shelf for about 25-30 minutes until it has a golden brown crust. Toast the rye bread, spread with garlic oil, season with Garam Masala and cut into small cubes. Shortly before serving, spread the bread over the casserole and place briefly in the oven to warm through. Enjoy!

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Ham Roulade

Yesterday we introduced you to the nutritional wealth of daikon radish. Today we have an easy recipe to share. Ham roll-ups with apple and radish.

You need:
1 serving cooked ham
1 serving radish
1 apple
Spices: salt and pepper

Preparation:
Place the ham slices on a plate and season lightly with salt and pepper. Wash and grate the radish. Wash and dry the apple, core and coarsely grate. Cover each ham slice with the grated radish and apple, roll up firmly.

That’s it! Simple and delicious! Enjoy!

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Apple-Vanilla-Sesame-Dessert

It’s Christmas time and you want to have a something sweet at the end of your meal. What should you have??? How about trying this delicious, simple apple, vanilla and sesame dessert.  

You’ll need:
1 apple
½ tsp coconut oil,
vanilla pulp scrapped from the pod
sesame seeds

Preparation:
Cut the apple into slices.
Heat coconut oil in a pan, add apple slices and add in the vanilla. Sauté the apple slices until soft and have a lovely golden brown color. Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve. 

Such a yummy dessert – and 99% “on plan”!

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New Apple Varieties Increase the Risk of Allergies

European colonists first bought apples to North America during the 17th century. There are more than 7,500 varieties grown worldwide.
While apples are delicious and full of nutrients, they can also cause allergic reactions in some people. Just minutes after consumption you will begin to notice tingling, swelling, and itching in the mouth, lips, and throat; shortness of breath; and diarrhea, stomach discomfort and cramps.
An apple allergy is often occurs when an apple’s polyphenol levels are too low. Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant found in plants that combine with the allergy-triggering proteins in the apple, and this makes the apple much more tolerable for consumption. Polyphenols also help combat free radicals. Types of polyphenols in apples include quercetin, chlorogenic acid, catechin, and phlorizin
Old apple varieties often contain significantly more polyphenols than the newer varieties. Polyphenols give apples a sour taste and become brown quickly when you cut them are bite into them. As a result, these characteristics, along with the polyphenols were taken out of the newer varieties. Now, the newer varieties of apple are sweeter and fail to brown as quickly; however, they also trigger allergic reaction much faster.

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Note: Most proteins are found in the flesh of the apple skin and change when heated. As a result, those with an apple allergy should peel and boil the apple before consumption. For instance, apple sauce is mostly considered allergen-free.

Avoid certain new types of apples, including:
● Ambrosia
● Elstar
● Jonagold
● Honey Crisp
● Sunrise
● Golden Delicious

Instead, choose the older variety of apple. In addition to important vitamins, mineral, and polyphenols, the older varieties contain more fiber, including pectin and cellulose. During digestion, these fibers bind to heavy metals, cholesterol, and other waste products, and excrete them from the body. Another benefit of older apple varieties is they contain more vitamin C than the newer varieties. At the same time, imported older apples have less vitamin C than older varieties from a local orchard. Food loses its nutritional value the longer it has to travel.

The following are some older varieties you should purchase:
● Red Delicious
● Empire
● McIntosh
● Jonathan
● Granny Smith
● Braeburn
● Royal Gala
● Northern Spy
● Shamrock
● Grimes Golden
● Idared
● Jersey Mac
● Paula Red
● Spartan

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