Pumpkin Gratin

With fall in full swing, pumpkins are in season. Give this delicious pumpkin recipe a try.

Ingredients:
1 serving mozzarella
1 serving vegetables (pumpkin, spring onions)
Curry powder
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and clean the vegetables and cut them into slices or fine rings. Cut mozzarella into thin slices. Put the pumpkin slices into a casserole dish and season to taste. Bake in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 15 minutes. Cover with mozzarella and bake for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with spring onions. Enjoy it!

Apples and Bacteria

Did you know that an apple contains more than one million bacteria? This is what scientists at Graz University of Technology have found out. The consumption of apples is therefore not only so healthy because of its abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber and secondary plant substances. The intestinal flora also benefits from the various bacteria, which are found in large quantities especially in the core, seeds and pulp. 

In a study it was also examined whether there is a difference between apples from conventional cultivation and organic apples. The result was clear: the organic apples showed significantly more diverse bacteria communities. So enjoy the organic apple and stay healthy!

Apples and 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.

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

Metabolic Balance works

How does Metabolic Balance compare to other weight loss programs?

Answer: The Metabolic Balance® study from 2010 demonstrated that our method is scientifically proven to meet the highest criteria for effectiveness! The Metabolic Balance study showed that: 62% of participants lost 5% of their total weight AND kept it off for over a year! How could a Metabolic Balance® plan help you reach your health goals?

To learn more visit our website and reach out to one of our qualified coaches!

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Managing Stress

With many people returning to in person work and kids going back to school, stress levels for many of us are increasing. Although it can be hard to reduce the amount of stress in our lives we can try to improve how we deal with it. Below are some of our favorite ways to help manage and reduce stress.

1. Eat a whole food based diet – low in sugar, low in processed foods
2. Exercise – this helps the body use the extra sugar in the blood, and decreases stress hormones
3. Rest and digest. Eating at your desk, or ‘on-the-go’ means your digestive system is trying to do two things at once. Eat slowly, take a break for lunch by going outside and removing screens!
4. Deep breathing – try a meditation app or just take 5 deep breaths several times a day. This helps calm our nervous system, reminding our bodies that we aren’t in immediate danger
5. Do something enjoyable! Spending time pursuing a hobby is a wonderful way for the mind and body to relax.

Which ones might you try today?

Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a type of fungi found in many different varieties all across the globe. From earthy shitake mushrooms to delicate oyster mushrooms, there is a variety for almost every type of dish. Mushrooms are packed full of micronutrients including copper, potassium, and phosphorus. On the Metabolic Balance mushrooms can be a protein or a vegetable depending on the type of mushroom. Oyster and shiitake mushrooms are considered a protein. They can be used fresh or dried and are delicious in soups, stir fries and salads. All other types of mushrooms are vegetables and can therefore be mixed and combined with another type of protein.

Power of Education

At Metabolic Balance we believe in the power of education!

After having spent decades working with people from all walks of life, we know that education is the way to create lasting health changes. Once clients understand WHY the changes are necessary and the science behind it, it alters how they FEEL about different foods.

Our Metabolic Balance coaches are a key part of helping our clients grow and make healthy changes. They are passionate about:
– promoting awareness of how a naturally balanced metabolism is fundamental to regulating hormones and all bodily functions
– ensuring patients have the information they need to make long-lasting dietary changes
– supporting emotional wellbeing as well as physical health
– passing on their knowledge so clients are empowered and have self-responsibility

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Cucumber

The humble cucumber is a popular vegetable found in many different varieties around the world. This popular vegetable is crunchy, refreshing, and absolutely delicious. It is perfect in a salad, as a pickle, great in sauces such as tzatziki, or soups such as gazpacho. In addition to being a versatile ingredient, cucumbers are also great for your health as they contain antioxidants, promote hydration, and contain important vitamins and minerals.
The next time you have a few cucumbers lying around consider trying a new recipe with this great ingredient.

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Zucchini

Zucchini or also known as courgettes are a common type of summer squash, related to cucumbers and melons. Although considered a vegetable by many, according to their botanical classification zucchini are actually a fruit. Zucchini are packed full of nutrients including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and carotenoids. In the kitchen, zucchini are one of the most versatile fruits! They can be eaten raw, made into zoodles, roasted, used in soups or stir-frys, or even used for baking. The next time you have zucchini, consider trying out a new dish with this great ingredient!

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Dates

Dates are the sweet fruit of date trees that are native to the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South Asia. This fruit has grown in popularity around the world and is used in a variety of cuisines. In addition to being delicious, dates have many health benefits and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Dates are high in fiber, polyphenols (antioxidants), iron, potassium, and magnesium. This fruit can support a healthy digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support bone health. Not only are dates good for your health but they are also extremely versatile and perfect in many dishes. They are great in smoothies, on salads, as a quick snack, or in savory Moroccan stews.

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