Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi, also called German cabbage, is particularly popular in Europe as a versatile spring vegetable. In most cases, only the lower part of the plant, the round stem, is used. It is digestible like no other cabbage. The vegetable has a slightly sweet and mild-nutty flavor and crunchy texture, especially delicious when eating raw.

The healthy kohlrabi scores with a high magnesium content and a considerable amount of vitamin C contained (63 mg/100 g). A high amount of fiber also supports the intestine and prevents cravings.

By the way: Not only the stem, but also the delicate leaves of the kohlrabi are very healthy. They contain lots of vitamins and minerals – much more than the actual stem itself. So enjoy a pesto made of kohlrabi leaves or add them finely chopped into the salad.

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Wild Garlic

Wild garlic is great ingredient and has become increasingly popular. We love this as wild garlic is an excellent preventative food.
Its long-stemmed young leaves are harvested between March and May and transformed into various culinary treats. As aromatic as garlic, wild garlic has a decisive advantage over its fragrance-intensive relative: Unlike bulb garlic, wild garlic doesn’t lead to unpleasant odors and can therefore be consumed without worrying about who you’re chatting with afterwards!

The delicate greens of the wild garlic plant are also amazing: as they have a cleansing and detoxifying effect and can be beneficial for the gut microbiota when eaten regularly. Digestive complaints such as diarrhea and constipation can be alleviated. Wild garlic also has a surprisingly positive influence on blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It supports cardiovascular health and can have a protective effect against arteriosclerosis. Those prone to skin and hair problems will find their best friend in wild garlic and even with intestinal infection with Candida albicans.

Stress

With a global pandemic, many of us have been experiencing increased amounts of stress for a long time. Although there are many ways to manage stress, one way is through food! Specific foods can support your body and provide valuable stress relief. Foods associated with relieving stress include:

•Green tea: contains L-theanine which promotes feelings of calm.
•Leafy greens such as spinach and kale contain magnesium which helps regulate the stress hormone cortisol.
•Oily fish: the omega 3 fatty acids are thought to reduce excess cortisol, and help you feel less anxious.
•Eggs: the choline found in eggs is needed for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine that helps with good mood and reduced anxiety.
•Pumpkin seeds are packed with magnesium, zinc and potassium which are all excellent at managing stress symptoms.
•Turmeric: the curcumin found in turmeric may boost your happiness and pleasure hormones of serotonin and dopamine.

Adapted from Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand

Chard

Chard is one of our favorite vegetables! Closely related to beets, this delicious leafy vegetable tastes very similar to spinach but is a little spicier and nuttier. There are different varieties of chard but differ more in their appearance than taste. Chard is rich in protein and possesses the minerals phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine and the vitamins B1, B2 and C. It’s recognized as a medicinal plant because it can help relieve constipation and may reduce insulin resistance.

Fresh is Best

Julia Child, a well-known American cook and cookbook author, once said: “You don’t have to cook any fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food made from fresh ingredients”. Metabolic Balance totally agrees. Cook quick, delicious and uncomplicated dishes from the ingredients on your nutrition plan and enjoy them!

Kiwis

These wonderful fruits are also called Chinese gooseberries or kiwifruit and are originally from China. However, they are now cultivated worldwide and are available all year round. They contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges and lemons and therefore prevent the vitamin C deficiency disease scurvy. Just one kiwi is enough to cover the entire daily requirement of vitamin C. The tropical fruit contains minerals such as calcium, potassium and iron as well as dietary fiber. In addition, kiwis are rich in carotenoids and magnesium. Most importantly though they are simply delicious!

Rhubarb

Although many of us think of rhubarb as a fruit and use the stems similar to other fruits such as in a jam, compote, chutney or in cake, rhubarb is considered a vegetable.

Rhubarb is incredibly healthy and fits perfectly with Metabolic Balance. It contains large amounts of vitamin K and C, potassium, and calcium. This vegetable is also packed full of malic acids, various glycosides, tannins, essential oils and pectin which can be soothing for the intestine. Rhubarb is perfect for “internal cleansing”. The contained anthraquinones strongly stimulate the digestive system and have a laxative effect.

Papaya

Papaya is a true superstar among exotic fruits. But what do you exactly do with this fruit? Well today we have a few tips to help you enjoy this delicious fruit!

– Very ripe papayas ideally have yellow stripes or spots. You can also tell if a papaya is ripe by the consistency of the pulp: the softer it is the riper the fruit.

-The best way to eat a papaya is to cut it lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Then the fruit halves can be sprinkled with a little lemon or lime juice and using a spoon you can just scoop out the tasty fruit.

-Papayas that are not yet fully ripe are best kept in a dry place, protected from direct sunlight. Mature fruits can also be stored in the fridge for up to a week. The flesh of the papaya can be frozen in bags perfect for use in smoothies!

Onions

The onion is one of the most commonly used vegetables around the world and also great for your health. They are very nutrient dense, packed full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B vitamins, and potassium. Onions help fight inflammation as they contain antioxidants and are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. In the kitchen onions are a great ingredient as they add tons of flavor to dishes and can be used raw or cooked. Although onions are found in many households it can really help to know what onions are best for what purpose. For example red onions which are a little sweeter and have less strong of a flavor compared to white onions are great raw in a salad. To learn what onions are best for what types of dishes check out this infographic below.