Vegetable Bruschetta with Egg(s)

Have you ever tried mushroom bruschetta with fried egg? So simple and delicious. An excellent go to quick metabolic balance meal! 

What you need:
1 serving egg (usually 1-2 eggs)
1 serving mushrooms (vegetable)
onions
vegetable broth
sourdough rye bread
Spices: paprika, caraway seeds, pepper, garlic

What to do
Stir fry mushrooms and onions until nicely cooked and soft, deglaze with some vegetable stock, season; simmer till the liquid is reduced to half. Top rye bread with ghee, spice with garlic, spices to taste and roast in the oven. Fry the egg(s). Serve by placing mushrooms on the toasted bread and the eggs on top. Season to taste. Enjoy!

Tip: Instead of mushrooms, you can also use other vegetables, e.g., zucchini, tomatoes, or bell pepper.

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What’s your favorite Okra Recipe?

Do you have okra on your food list? Have you tried it yet? Or are you a bit unsure what to do with it!? Let us help! 

Okra is a plant from the mallow family (so it’s related to hibiscus!) and originally comes from Ethiopia. Okra is actually the edible green seed pods of the plant so technically it could be called a fruit! 100g okra contain only 0.2g of fat and only 20 calories. It’s rich in beta-carotene, vitamin B1, B2 & B3 (niacin), vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and phosphorus. One of Okra’s nutritional highlights is the high-quality gut-friendly mucilages, which are particularly valuable for healing our digestive tracts and supporting a healthy bacterial balance in the small intestine. They taste great in a ratatouille or a stir-fry where okra mixed with tomatoes, zucchini, parsley root, eggplants and carrots. 

Back to you – what do you think about Okra? What’s your favorite Okra recipe?

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Every Living Cell in Your Body is Made from the Food You Eat!

“You are what you eat” – it’s an old saying but one that is so true! The reasons for why we eat are obvious – just because we’re hungry, or when we get together with friends, when we’re bored, because of our routine etc. etc. But fundamentally it’s all about fueling our bodies so that they can work right and we can live our best lives. Basically, the food we ingest, feeds our body’s cells and also provides fuel for the many microorganisms that live in our body. Therefore, it’s just so important to choose our food so that our cells and the good bacteria in our body really get what’s needed. This way we are more protected from ailments, disease or bacteria causing diseases. The best way to achieve this is with a healthy, varied and natural diet according to Metabolic Balance.

Metabolic Balance = your food tailored for you.

Find a local certified Metabolic Balance Coach!

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Black Friday Bean Soup

This warming bean soup fits wonderfully well when it’s cold and rainy – it really will warm your hearts! 

What you’ll need:
1 serving vegetables from your plan (such as green beans, carrots, leek)
300 ml vegetable stock
some savory herb and paprika powder
1 tsp. of chopped lovage, some parsley, chives
salt & pepper

Preparation:
Wash and roughly chop your chosen vegetables and place in a large pan, add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Add savory and paprika powder and simmer for 10 minutes. Add your favorite (already cooked) protein beans, e.g., black beans, chickpeas, adzuki beans or even lentils.
Wash lovage, parsley and chives, spin dry and finely chop. Add to the soup, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for 2-3 mins. Enjoy with some fresh rye sourdough bread!

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Pointed Cabbage

The tender cone of the Pointed cabbage: it’s small, fine and loosely wound – with these unique characteristics, the pointed cabbage has secured itself a special position in the cabbage family!  

As it’s naturally tender, it cooks quickly and does not need to be blanched even when using for stuffed cabbage. It also is a great addition when finely sliced into hearty and fruity-sweet salads. Make sure that it’s very fresh when you buy it, as the pointed cabbage doesn’t really have a long shelf life. Like the other members of the cabbage family, pointed cabbage is full of healthy nutrients, including vitamins C, B1, B2, potassium and beta-carotene. 

Our Top Tip: due to heat and cooking water, many nutrients can be lost. Therefore, simply finely cut some raw leaves and mix them under your other cooked vegetables.

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How do you like pointed cabbage?  Share your favorite recipes and tips with us (add to comments)! 

Healthy Food Makes Me Look & Feel Great!

Many happy and satisfied clients keep telling us how great they feel after changing their diets with Metabolic Balance. They love that they can really see the difference as well as feeling it! A particularly common side effect of getting healthy is clearer and smoother skin. It’s this healthy glow and radiance that others see too and shows that it’s not just about the smaller number you see on the scales as to why it so wonderful to eat healthy food. We love hearing every single success story that is sent to us.

Thus, we’d like to say a big thank you to all MB’ers – You’re great!

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Belgium Endive Boats with Tofu Bacon on Balsamic Reduction

Today`s recipe is just yummy!

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Ingredients:
1 portion smoked tofu
1 portion vegetables (chicory, arugula, red onion)
Herbs & Spices: fresh rosemary, freshly ground pepper, salt
vegetable stock, balsamic vinegar, oil

Preparation: Carefully remove the single chicory leaves, which will be our “boats”. Wash them as well as the arugula. Peel the red onion and cut into fine cubes. In a small pan, heat 2 TBsp. of olive oil together with a twig of rosemary and gently fry the onion cubes until golden yellow. Now add approx. 10 TBsp. balsamic vinegar and reduce over low heat until the vinegar has a creamy consistency. Season with a pinch of pepper and vegetable stock and keep warm.
While the vinegar is reducing, cut the smoked tofu into very small cubes and add a TBsp. of oil to another pan. When the oil is hot, toss another sprig of rosemary in for about 1 minute and then add the smoked tofu cubes. Fry the tofu at high heat for about 5 minutes until it gets a bacon aroma. Now arrange 4-5 chicory boats on the plate, fill them with some arugula leaves and drizzle with the reduction. Finally sprinkle the smoked tofu bacon generously over the top.

Enjoy!

Popular Peanuts!

Peanuts are very popular at Metabolic Balance. But what makes them so valuable? Although their name suggests otherwise, they aren’t nuts! They’re actually a type of legume. Originally found in the Andes, today they are mainly grown in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Sudan and Senegal. The stems of the peanut plant dig themselves into the soil after the flowers are pollinated. This is where the seeds ripen in a woody shell and hey presto we get peanuts! 

Peanuts eaten raw actually taste like beans and only get their familiar peanutty smell through roasting. With 25-35% protein and 42-52% fat, peanuts are pretty high in calories; however, this is not bad! The fat provides a great source of the heart-friendly and essential fat, linoleic acid. Peanuts are also rich in vitamin E and most of the B vitamins (not B12), many minerals (iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and valuable trace elements such as copper, manganese, zinc and fluorine. 

Take a little baggy of peanuts in your purse for a great quick snack when you’re out and about!

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Bitter Tasting Foods to Fight Cravings!

There’s an old German saying, “What’s bitter for the mouth, is healthy for the stomach”. And we totally agree! However many naturally bitter salad leaves and vegetables are not as bitter as they once were. Instead due to modern farming and the types of plants farmed today, many of our bitter foods are nowadays much milder, sweeter or sour.

So why is this important? 

The plant components that give a bitter taste have been increasingly researched in recent years and have been shown to have many important functions for the human bodies. For example we now know that the bitter phytochemicals have very beneficial digestive characteristics and can help support and strengthen a healthy liver. 

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The health benefits can also start from the minute the sensitive taste buds on the tongue come into contact with bitter foods. This kick-starts a cascade of digestive benefits including the production of digestive juices in the stomach and boosting the function of both the gallbladder and the pancreas.

But what many people don’t realize is that these strongly alkaline and bitter substances act like a natural suppressant towards damaging sugary foods. The “bitter” taste naturally reduces the desire for sweet foods! So try to eat many sources of bitter foods that naturally help stop those cravings for sweets!

Eat Right & Feel Amazing

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The positive feedback from our clients confirm: with Metabolic Balance you know what to eat to be happy. 

Top comments include: after a short period of time you start to simply feel so much better. The pounds tumble, fitness increases and you simply feel comfortable in your body.  

Support your unique body with the right food and experience your best quality of life! Connect with your local certified Metabolic Balance Coach, who can assist you to have your personal Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan!