Vitamins …

… are vital substances that the body cannot produce on its own. Therefore one needs to eat a healthy and varied diet so that they are constantly provided. Different vitamins have specific functions in the body. For example, they influence the conversion of food into energy, the building of body cells, supporting the immune system, the formation of hormones, the detoxification of the body and the support of enzymes. Vitamins E, D, K and A are fat-soluble vitamins. All other vitamins are water soluble.

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Pork and Leek Recipe with an Oriental Twist

Our pork and leek recipe with an oriental twist!

Ingredients:
1 serving pork fillet
1 serving vegetables (leek, mushrooms of your choice)
40g Pineapple
Spices: salt, ground pepper, ½  red chili pepper, ½  tsp. tamari sauce (or gluten free alternative), orange zest
40 ml vegetable broth
1 TBsp. olive oil
Herbs: 1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Preparation:
Remove skin and tendons from pork fillet, rinse, dab dry and cut into strips. Clean the leeks and cut them into thin rings. Dice pineapple, clean and slice the mushrooms. Halve chili pepper lengthwise, remove seeds, wash and chop finely. Heat oil in a wok and sauté pork strips for 3 minutes, stirring continuously. Add leek, mushrooms and chili and fry for 3 minutes while stirring. Add pineapple chunks, vegetable broth and orange zest. Season to taste with salt, pepper and tamari and continue to cook over medium heat while stirring until the liquid reduced to a third. Gently fold in parsley and serve.

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Herb-Crusted Cod

Today we give you a wonderful recipe: herb-crusted cod (Phase-3-Recipe)

Ingredients for 1 serving:
Protein: 1 serving cod
Complex Carbs: 1 serving vegetables (celery, paprika, chicory, carrot),
1 serving rye crisp bread
Herbs: wild garlic (ramson) or Asian garlic chives, parsley. thyme
Spices: salt, ground pepper, 1/2 tsp. mustard, vegetable broth (powder e.g., Seitenbacher), 1 TBsp. olive oil

Preparation:
Wash fish with cold water and pat dry. Season with salt and ground pepper and brush with mustard powder. Wash the vegetables and cut them into strips. Gently sauté in olive oil and season with vegetable powder. Place the vegetables in an ovenproof dish. Carefully place the fish on top and cook in the pre-heated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes [convection oven only heat to 300°F (150°C)]. Crush the crispbread using a food processor or put crisp bread in a plastic bag and crushing with a rolling pin. Rinse and finely chop herbs and add to the crushed crispbread, add some oil and spread it on the fish fillet. Place everything into the oven for another 5 minutes until the crust is nicely brown and crisp.

Enjoy!

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Vitamins? Yes, please! Getting those vitamins via additives in the food? No, thank you!

A burger with French fries to go – on the run between appointments or doing chores – washed down with a vitamin-infused drink. This doesn’t really work does it! It might ease your conscience but it’s not going to do much getting healthier!

For good health we need the best nutrients from real fruit and vegetables, in fish, meat, eggs and whole grains. Real food has the best chance for wholesome results. Many large-scale research studies have shown that vitamin preparations and supplementing additives added to processed food may not improve health. Often they are ineffective and in the worst case may even damage your health. 

We advise simply reaching for fresh, seasonal, whole food. Always aim to have vibrant colorful food on your plate. Ideally stick to your Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan to be sure that your body is provided with all the vital building blocks that you really need. 

There are always some occasions where good quality supplements may be the right thing for you. But this always need to be discussed with your health care professional or Metabolic Balance coach. Remember wholesome food first is the best foundation!

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Tofu – the Protein Source for Vegetarians and Vegans

Tofu is not only an excellent versatile food it’s a very interesting one too. The soft, milk-colored tofu is also known as Asia’s cheese. It’s produced by processing cooked soybeans. The milk-like liquid obtained is thickened by a mineral coagulant (calcium sulfate) to create Tofu. Nutritionally, tofu contains great levels of protein, only few saturated fatty acids and no cholesterol. It’s naturally gluten-free and therefore suitable for individuals with celiacs disease. It’s often a natural choice for vegans however it’s important to point out that tofu doesn’t contain any vitamin B12 which is vital to include as an additional supplement when following a strict vegan diet.

Tofu is a real “quick change artist” in the kitchen – meaning, it can be prepared in many different ways and is one of the most multi-purpose proteins available. In its natural state, Tofu has very little taste of its own and so easily takes on the flavors and aromas of other ingredients with which it’s prepared. It can be used with stir-fries, soups, vegetable dishes and even as a dessert.

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A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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Whatever you want to achieve, whether you want to lose weight, gain weight or simply feel healthier and fitter: Metabolic Balance gives you a nutrition plan which supports you in achieving your personal goal. A certified coach accompanies you and is always on your side on your way to a healthy you.

Find your personal certified Metabolic Balance Coach.

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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Happy Metabolic Balance Day

Nobody wants to be old, but everybody wants to age well. How does this work? It is probably in the nature of things that we are so fascinated by both old age and eternal youth. So much so that science has been driven for centuries to find the “philosopher’s stone” or an elixir of life that might allow us to live forever! While eternal life is of course science fiction, ageing well is most definitely possible.

It’s widely acknowledged that a person’s nutrition and lifestyle plays the biggest role in ensuring vitality and MB - Healthy aging - family cooking INTongoing youthful appearance up to the golden years and beyond. A balanced diet based on natural food can modulate the metabolism, so that the body can perfectly manage all its tasks without imbalance that leads to dis-ease and ill health.

MB - Healthy aging - funny older couple INTThe Metabolic Balance program is not just a “diet”, but a nutrition program which combines and includes the latest nutrition and scientific findings. It’s number one aim is to bring you closer to your goal of “vitality for healthy ageing”. Plus you’ll also gain the excellent bonus of reaching a healthy weight. Now that’s impressive!

Mozzarella on Sourdough Rye Bread

Inspired by yesterday’s post about vegetables au gratin, when we talked about re-balancing … our gusto went to make fresh mozzarella cheese melted over cubed sourdough rye bread.

Ingredients:
1 slices of sourdough whole grain rye bread (25g)
1 portion of fresh mozzarella cheese (buffalo or cow)
Spices: salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg, fresh or dried marjoram / oregano

Preparation:IMG_6224
Since it is easier to eat after the cheese is wonderfully melted, it makes it easier to eat if you cube the sourdough rye bread. Place on a low-rim bowl, put in toaster oven and toast for 4-7 min. Take bowl out and turn bread over to have it nicely toasted also on the other side, repeat. Take bowl out, place the sliced mozzarella slices on top of the sourdough bread cubes. Spice to taste and toast for 7-15 min.IMG_6225

 

As I side and vegetable portion we made a nice mixed salad.IMG_6227

 

Asian-Inspired Sprouts Recipe

We definitely love Asian inspired dishes! How do you like these wonderful spiced soy sprouts? 

Ingredients for 1 person:
1 serving soy sprouts (use for other sprouts as well)
150 g vegetables (carrots, snow peas or green beans, fresh chive)
1 serving mango
1 TBsp. coconut oil
70 ml vegetable stock
1 TBsp. organic apple cider vinegar
Spices:
1 clove of garlic
fresh ginger
1 chili pepper
salt and fresh ground pepper
coriander leaves

Preparation:
Wash, peel and slice the carrot. Rinse the green beans (snow peas) and chop into bite size. Rinse the chives and cut. Rinse the sprouts with cold water and allow to drain. Peel the garlic and ginger and chop finely.
Wash chili, remove seeds and slice finely. Mix vegetable broth with the vinegar and fresh ground pepper.
Heat a wok with the coconut oil and sauté the chili, garlic and ginger, stirring continuously. Add the carrot slices (if you used green beans they need longer to cook, thus, add together with carrots), then sauté the snow peas, chives and last add the sprouts briefly and deglaze. Allow to simmer at medium heat for about six minutes.
Peel the mango, remove the fruit flesh and cut into cubes. Wash the coriander leaves, shake to drain and chop finely. Add the mango and coriander leaves to the vegetables. 

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