Mandelade – Almond Sunflower Seed Mix

Did you know that you can also bake with our popular Mandelade (almond-sunflower seed-mix)?

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Try these wonderful almond muffins:

Ingredients:
You need (1 serving):

30 g almonds
10 g sunflower seeds
1 apple
cinnamon

Preparation:
Soak almonds and sunflower seeds overnight in water. Drain the almonds and sunflower seeds and puree with a little water. Add a grated apple and fill the mixture into a muffin form. Bake in preheated oven at approx. 200*C / 395*F for 15 minutes, allow to cool.  Garnish with a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Born to be a Citrus Star – Lemon Peel!

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Have you ever thought of trying the often overlooked, or discarded peel from your citrus fruits for seasoning or garnishing your meals? If not, then we’d love to suggest it’s time you tried it! Right from the very beginning of your Metabolic Balance Program – no matter which of the four phases you’re in – you could use the citrus peel to wonderfully spice up your food. Of course, the fruit you choose, whether organic lemon, orange, grapefruit or mandarin would need to be listed on your plan!

Please note that we strongly recommend buying organic citrus fruits, as the peel of conventional fruits is unfortunately often high in pesticides or other chemicals.

Simply wash your chosen fruit, dab it dry and then either use a zest cutter to slice fine stripes, finely grate or peel the whole fruit, dry the peel and grind with a blender.

The fresh cut peel tastes refreshing, for example, in breakfast yogurt or oatmeal. It gives Asian dishes an excellent kick and is an absolute chef’s secret for livening up soups or salads. 

A final tip: Before grating, place a piece of parchment paper onto your grater so that the spikes push through and then grate your fruit. This avoids losing some of the delicious zest between the spikes of your grater. It makes cleaning easier, too!

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Ice Cream Mindfully

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  1. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better. An organic ice cream is usually more expensive, but for a taste experience without additives, it is worth spending a few cents more.
  1. Information on high-quality processing can also be found in phrases such as “without coloring, additives and flavorings” or “only natural ingredients”.
  1. No plastic spoons and cups! Under the “Clean Metabolic” aspect of waste prevention, waffles are a clean alternative, especially if they are baked with only a few natural ingredients. 
  1. When ordering an ice-cream sundae, ask for dairy-based whipped cream instead of ready-made cream (canned ready-whip or similar). If you can get only the latter it would be better to avoid it. 
  1. To be really sure, just make your own ice cream. Simply puree frozen fruits with yogurt or milk (depending on your plan, from Phase 3 you could also try with coconut milk) and enjoy!

Born to be an Exotic Queen

The mango does not only taste wonderfully exotic, it also contains a lot of vitamin A and C, a lot of potassium and some copper. Their strong color tells us that mangoes are rich in carotene. 

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In India mangoes are used to stop bleeding, strengthen the heart and are said to have a positive effect on the brain. Their high iron content makes them valuable for anemia. Unripe mangoes have a slightly laxative effect but ripe mangoes are easy to digest.  They smell sweet and should slightly budge under pressure. Few black spots on the peel indicate that the fruit is very ripe. Mangoes harvested too early are hard, have a shriveled skin and fibrous pulp that tastes very sour and unpleasant. 

Conservation: unripe mangoes ripen at room temperature within a week, especially when kept in a bowl with apples.
Ripe fruit can be stored in the fridge for 1 to 2 weeks.

Mango stimulates the entire metabolism and is therefore an indispensable part of a healthy diet.

 

Exotic Shrimp Papaya Salad

This wonderfully exotic shrimp papaya salad fits perfectly into the season! Have fun preparing and enjoying it!

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Ingredients for 1 serving:
1 serving shrimps
1 serving vegetables (e.g. spring onion, cucumber, tomato)
1 serving papaya
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil leaves

Peel and dice papaya and cucumber. Wash tomatoes and spring onions, cut tomatoes into small pieces and spring onions into fine rings. Peel the garlic and chop finely.
If shrimps are too big, cut them into small pieces as well. Cook in a hot pan.

Put all ingredients in a bowl, season with salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar and mix well. Cut the basil into fine stripes, add to the mixture and leave to steep for 15 minutes.

Enjoy!

Metabolic Balance Apple-Pancakes

Yummy apple pancakes for breakfast – a recipe for Phase 2 with oil! We saw it on a German Metabolic Balance Website (sorry, couldn’t find the blogger anymore.)

Ingredients:
Apple, some grated fresh ginger
Batter: 2 eggs, some water, 20 grams wholegrain rye flour, 1 tsp coconut oil, further spicing ideas: cinnamon and / or turmeric to taste

Add coconut oil to a slightly heated pan, use table spoon to make small pancake-batter heaps in pan. Fry from one side, turn after you see the outside harden.

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The pancakes really do not need long to brown.

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Enjoy!

Metabolic Balance Ice Cream

How do you actually make metabolically balanced ice cream from scratch? It’s quite easy: For a homemade ice cream, puree a portion of deep-frozen fruit with a hand blender or mixer. You can either freeze a serving of fresh fruit or buy frozen fruit. Optionally, you can add different herbs and spices later or when blending. If you eat cream cheese (as the protein portion) with your meal, you can add part of your cream cheese serving to the ice cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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Born to be a Garden Queen

Welcome to the Strawberry Season!

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From a botanical point of view, a strawberry is actually not a berry, but an aggregate fruit. The red part is actually a pseudo-fruit, while the actual fruits of the strawberry are the small green or yellow “seeds” on the surface. Strawberries should not be rinsed with a strong water jet, but rather be soaked in cold water for a short  while Drain the washed strawberries well or pat dry carefully. Always remove stems and leaves after washing, otherwise the aroma will be watered down. Strawberries are full of vitamins: They contain many B vitamins, folic acid, zinc, copper and even more vitamin C than oranges or lemons.

Pomegranate – Make this Fruit your Friend

Today we are introducing you to the Pomegranate.

Pomegranates are in season between September – February and they can be used for cooking, baking and making wine.

The pomegranate is originally from the Middle East and was introduced into America in the late 16th century by the Spanish settlers and is grown in California and Arizona.

The fruit is between the size of a lemon and a grapefruit and has a thick reddish skin.  The seeds within a pomegranate vary in amount from  200 to 1400 seeds per fruit.

Using the Fruit

As we showed yesterday’s video, separating the seeds is best done in a bowl of water so that the seeds sink and the pulp floats. Freezing the fruit also makes it easier to remove the seeds.

The juice from a Pomegranate can be either sweet or sour and can be found at health food stores.

If you dry the seeds, you can use them as a spice.  The pomegranate spice is called Anardana if you want to try and find it at the store.  If you decide to dry your seeds and not make a spice, you can add them as a topping to your salads. (They would be your fruit for the meal.)

The pomegranate peel is inedible but is used to create dietary supplements and preservatives.

Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranate seeds are an excellent source of fiber and a 100 gram serving provides 12 percent of your daily Vitamin C, 16 percent of your vitamin K adn 10 percent of your Folate daily nutritional requirements.

Research into Health Benefits:

Pomegranates have several health benefits.  One research study concluded:

 Pomegranate can be used in the prevention and treatment of several types of cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other diseases. In addition, it improves wound healing and is beneficial to the reproductive system. Pomegranate can induce its beneficial effects through the influence of its various bioavailable constituents and metabolites on gene expression. Although many in vitro, animal and clinical trials have been carried out to examine and prove the therapeutic effects of these compounds, further human trials and studies are necessary to understand the therapeutic potentials of pomegranate.

Because the fruit offers some of the same benefits as certain drugs, you need to be careful eating, digesting this fruit while on specific medications. Here is a link to a very useful article taking about this. 

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Photo of pomegranate by Samantha Forsberg