Mushrooms – Protein or Vegetable?

So you’ve got mushrooms in your Metabolic Balance nutrition plan: are they a protein or a vegetable? That is the question!

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Fish, meat, poultry, eggs and cow’s milk products are great proteins. Vegetarian proteins are soy, legumes, sprouts, nuts and seeds and some mushrooms. In the case of mushrooms, however, a distinction is made between those rich in protein and those considered a vegetable. At Metabolic Balance we distinguish between protein and vegetable based on the biological value of the mushrooms. This is calculated based on the amount of protein in a food that our bodies can use directly – basically this needs to be a good value for us to consider as a protein. 

The protein mushrooms are oyster and shiitake mushrooms. They can be used fresh or dried. Preparation suggestion can be fried in a wok or pan. They make a great mushroom risotto-style dish with a delicious cauliflower rice! All other mushrooms, such as button mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms, or chanterelles, are considered vegetables and can be combined with a protein.

Born to be a Queen – Cucumber

Do you love cucumber as much as we do? 

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In our kitchen, cucumber is an absolute highlight. It consists of 97 percent water, has a mild taste and as a raw food, goes well with many dishes and is a natural addition to almost every salad. It has an impressive nutrient list to its name, too! It’s rich in carotene, vitamins E, K, B1, B2 and B6 and contains among others calcium (15mg per 100g), phosphorus (25mg per 100g) and potassium (140mg per 100g). Cucumbers have a fabulous detoxifying effect on our bodies, they help reduce uric acid and have a healthy diuretic effect. Fresh cucumbers are best stored in a cool place and separated from other vegetables. 

Quick tip: Clean the peel well and then eat it. It’s rich in silica and therefore can help strengthen your skin, hair and nails.

Especially important: When shopping, please look out for your locally grown produce – if they are organic, too, then that’s even better!

Avoid Waste of Produce: Vegetable Puree

Vegetable purees are great to avoid waste of produce. You can take one type of vegetable or combinations such as: 
cauliflower celery puree
carrot cauliflower puree
pumpkin carrot puree
broccoli cauliflower puree
zucchini celery puree … just try them all!

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Ingredients:
Vegetables in line with your plan
Spices: salt, pepper, 1 pinch of nutmeg
When in Phase 2 with oil: 1 TBsp. oil
in Phase 3 or 4 you can also use some coconut milk

Preparation:
Steam vegetables, puree with a little vegetable broth, add a salt and pepper to taste. Add a healthy oil (e.g., olive oil, walnut oil, argan oil, etc. / or flax seed oil after taking from heat) depending on your taste and puree well, till the puree becomes creamy! If you like, you can add 1 TBsp. chopped herbs or finely chopped salad leftovers.
Add protein according to your plan and enjoy!

Glamorous and Healthy – the Fresh Detox Booster

Created by Metabolic Balance and Jan-Philipp Cleusters for the German Film Awards 2019

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Prosecco, champagne & co. were yesterday – today the stars and starlets prefer healthy power boosters, for example smoothies – exclusively developed by Metabolic Balance together with celebrity chef Jan-Philipp Cleusters.

Created exclusively for the German Film Awards 2019, the following smoothie composition is a real power booster. Whether served in a long drink glass or as a shot – this smoothie does not need sugar or other additives and is completely in line with the philosophy of Metabolic Balance.

Boosts digestion and metabolism. Lets the complexion shine from inside out.

Ingredients for 2:
2 red beet, ready to eat (cooked), cut in chunks
1 apple, Boskop or similar, ready to eat, cut in chunks
1 cube-sized piece of ginger, ready to eat
100 ml carrot juice, natural
100 ml water
2 ice cubes

Preparation:
Put all ingredients except the ice cubes one by one into a blender and puree to a fine smoothie. Add the ice cubes and mix until they dissolve. Pour the Detox Power Smoothie in long glasses and serve immediately.

Enjoy!