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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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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The Metabolic Balance App

Have you had your personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan created after January 1st, 2018? Yes? Wonderful! Contact your coach and find out how to get your plan on your mobile phone. We just released the Metabolic Balance App!

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You do not have a personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan but are interested in finding out what tailor-made nutrients can do for your health? Look for a local certified Metabolic Balance Coach!

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!

Zinc – an Essential Nutrient for a Strong Immune System

Zinc is a chemical element which is one of the body’s vital trace elements. Since zinc cannot be stored by our body, a regular supply is particularly important. In healthy people, the daily requirement of zinc can be normally met from a good balanced diet. Good sources of zinc are most meats, eggs, oysters, oat meal, cashew and Brazil nuts as well as lentils and peas.

One vital role of zinc is for eye health: a chronic zinc deficiency may lead to night blindness. In addition, zinc is vital for many other processes in our body including cell division and cell repair processes. As a free radical scavenger, zinc prevents aggressive chemical compounds from damaging body cells. We need zinc to keep our skin and mucous membranes healthy and it’s essential for our immune system. So our No.1 tip … make sure you eat plenty of sources of zinc on your weekly meal plan, especially during the flu season.

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Flu Season is Approaching Fast!

Welcome to the flu season! Ginger water can be a great remedy for colds – or even better their prevention. Cut about 2 cm (1″) of fresh, peeled ginger into slices, boil in 1 l of water. Cook as long till you have about half of the liquid. Pour into a thermos and drink throughout the day. As long as you are in Strict Conversion Phase of your Metabolic Balance Plan, drink it only during meals. In later phases you may also drink it occasionally, as long as this does not trigger increased food cravings or hunger. 

If you’re in a pinch for time, simply place one or two slices of peeled ginger in a cup, add hot water and leave to steep for five to ten minutes. It tastes good and is good for you!

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What will keep us Young, Healthy and Active?

Every age has it’s height and it’s beauty – this is definitely true! But we want to stay young, healthy and active for as long as possible. So what to do when we want to keep our Quality of Life?

Certainly eating healthy and living an active Life-Style helps! Medical Press reports that dancing can reverse the signs of aging. Also Business Insider collects the best exercise to slow aging. Moving is definitely the way to go. Even, or especially when we get older we need to work our muscles. Just by walking or swimming we can strengthen or even improve our cardiovascular health. Physical activity will also improve your mood. When you walk with a friend – or a dog – it will even be more fun!

Add a Metabolic Balance tailor-made Nutrition Plan to cover your nutritional needs!

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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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Prepare for the Flu-Season!

Are you dreading the upcoming season of runny noses and watery eyes? Then we have a great tip for you: if you want to strengthen your immune system in fall, you should think about your nutrition. Studies show that especially vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, but also the trace elements zinc and selenium as well as secondary plant extracts play a key role in fighting off colds and flu. These micro-nutrients activate the immune cells, stimulate the formation of antibodies and also influence the production of natural killer cells. So remember to add plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to your daily menu! Citrus fruits, kiwi, sea buckthorn and rose hips are nutritious vitamin C provider. Sauerkraut and green bell pepper also contain many vitamins to support a healthy immune system.

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