Nutritional Yeast

Nutritional yeast just as the name suggests is a type of fungi called Saccharomyces cerevisiae which is a food product that has increased in popularity in recent years. It is the same type of yeast used to make bread but unlike in baking yeast, nutritional yeast is no longer alive in the final product. Nutritional yeast has a nutty, cheesy, and savory flavor which is one of the reasons it is commonly used in plant-based cooking. In addition to having a great flavor, nutritional yeast is great for your health. It is considered a complete protein as it contains all 9 essential amino acids that humans cannot synthesize on their own. Additionally, it is packed with B vitamins and trace minerals that are important for the body. Consider trying out this great ingredient by sprinkling it over salads, adding it to soups, or trying out a new recipe.

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Sunflower Seeds

The sunflower seed, as the name implies, is the seed of the beautiful, yellow sunflower. The actual seeds are encased by a thick black and white shell and are known for their nutty flavor. Sunflower seeds have many different uses, they can be eaten raw, roasted, made into seaaed butter, or used to make sunflower oil. In terms of nutritional benefits, sunflower seeds are great source of healthy fats containing both polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and are a source of antioxidants. In the kitchen, this seed is extremely versatile! It can be used to top salads, used to make a mandelade, added to oatmeal, or to top avocado toast.

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Zinc

The trace element zinc is strongly involved in metabolism. It supports wound healing, promotes vision in combination with vitamin A, controls hormonal balance, promotes regeneration of skin and hair, supports the pancreas in the production of insulin and finally, zinc strengthens the immune system by performing important functions in the production of defense cells. Zinc deficiency can be prevented by including more often red meat, seafood, dairy products, wheat germ, oatmeal, Brazil nuts, mushrooms and lentils in the diet.

Weight and Hormones

Did you know that your weight can be dictated by your hormones? Common hormones that can cause weight fluctuations include:

➡️Insulin⁠

➡️Leptin⁠

➡️Cortisol⁠

➡️Estrogen⁠

At Metabolic Balance our focus is to reset and balance your metabolism and hormones using a food plan that is uniquely designed for you.

Our award-winning metabolism reset program is professionally supported to make sure your body gets the nutrients and energy it needs for you to feel your best.

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Immunity Boosting Foods

In the winter months viruses such as RSV, the flu, and SARS-CoV-2 spread rapidly and many of us get sick! The best solution for great health is to prevent getting sick in the first place, and certain foods can help you do that by boosting your immune system.

If you’re looking for food to help keep your family healthy during flu season, make sure to include these eight powerful immune system boosters on your grocery list.

✅ Citrus fruits

✅ Broccoli 

✅ Garlic

✅ Ginger

✅ Spinach 

✅ Turmeric

✅ Papaya

✅ Kiwi

Variety might be the spice of life, but it’s also the secret to good nutrition. Including one of these in your diet often won’t be enough to help fight off the flu or other infections, so ensuring you get a well-rounded mix is key.

Pay close attention to serving sizes and suggested daily intake to avoid getting too much of one vitamin and too little of others.

Inflammation

Worldwide, chronic inflammatory diseases have increased considerably in recent years. This is a frightening trend, as it has been shown that there are close links between chronic inflammation and diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke or cancer.

Nutrition plays a key role in this. Our body has a sophisticated immune system that helps it fend off attackers. It is able to fight pathogens and produce anti-inflammatory compounds. In order to support the body, however, we also need to provide it with the right foods and/or ingredients. With the right nutrition, we can help it to get and stay healthy. Conversely, the wrong nutrition can make us sick or at least put additional strain on us.

General dietary recommendations and rules, such as paying attention to weight, eating less fat and sweets, are usually not enough. Healthy eating and lifestyles also include thinking about and rethinking overconsumption and the composition and quality of food. Highly processed foods with plenty of additives, isolated carbohydrates and sugars, low-quality oils and little to no vitamins and minerals – fuel inflammatory processes in the body. 

Natural foods with their colorful mix of vitamins, minerals, secondary plant substances and especially omega-3 fatty acids offer the best protection against inflammation. These can provide excellent help in keeping the body balanced and preventing chronic inflammation.

Often it is small things that alleviate an inflammation or prevent an outbreak at all!

What tips do you have to keep inflammation at bay? We’re looking forward to your comments!

Chicken Curry

This delicious curry is packed full of delicious flavors and perfect for any lunch or dinner!

Ingredients (1 serving):
1 portions of vegetables (ex: mushrooms, leeks, onion or cauliflower)
1 chicken breasts (according to your protein weight)
1 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of mild or medium curry powder
1 tsp of Garam Masala
1/2 tsp of ground cumin
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1 cloves of garlic
Vegetable stock

Preparation:
If you are using cauliflower, parboil the florets and keep the water you boiled them in. Heat the spices in a dry pan until fragrant. Add garlic and the vegetables and coat with spices. Add some oil (if using – phase 3), and pour in some vegetable stock to deglaze the pan. Cook covered for a few minutes until spices and liquid are well combined and the vegetables are coated evenly. Add the diced chicken. Cook until the chicken is cooked, stirring regularly. Add more vegetable stock or water for a looser sauce. Serve with some toasted rye bread to mop up the juices. Enjoy!

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Mango

Mangoes are a delicious fruit that have many nutritional benefits. They contain a lot of vitamin A and C, potassium, iron, and some copper. Their vibrant yellow/orange color also tells us that mangoes are rich in carotene.

When buying and eating mangoes, make sure that you only eat ripe mangoes, because unripe mangoes aren’t nearly as delicious but can also have a slightly laxative effect. Ripe mangoes, on the other hand, soothe the intestines and are easily digestible. The mango pulp stimulates the entire metabolism and strengthens connective tissue. This fruit is an absolute superfood and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes!

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are often incorrectly referred to as a vegetable when in fact they are part of the berry family. Originating from Central and South America, this fruit started spreading around the globe in the 16th century. In addition to being delicious, tomatoes offer a variety of health benefits. They are rich in the antioxidant lycopene which is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and certain cancers. A study from Cornell University even found that cooking tomatoes increases the amount of lycopene content that the body can absorb. The fruit is also rich in fiber, vitamins C and K, as well as potassium and folate. In the kitchen, tomatoes are extremely versatile as they can be eaten raw, roasted, used in salads, sandwiches, sauces and many other dishes. The final weeks of summer are the best time to enjoy this delicious fruit!

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Healthy Nutrition Despite Stress

Many people are familiar with this situation: a busy schedule, one meeting after the other, and other appointments that all have to be juggled. With so much stress and too little time, maintaining a healthy diet can be a challenge. On the go, processed foods are usually the first and easy choice to quickly satisfy your hunger. In the long run, however, such a diet is not only unhealthy, but also unnecessary. With a few tricks and tips, you can easily upgrade your meals on the go.

  • Eat burgers or gyros without white bread or exchange them for a whole-grain roll you have brought along
  • Choose a salad instead of French fries
  • Choose flavored sparkling water or juice spritzers over sugary soft drinks
  • Eat a piece of fruit after the meal.  Fruit fits in every bag!