Pineapples are one of the strangest looking fruits but actually pretty awesome!
This exotic fruit belongs to the flowering bromeliad plant family and takes around 2 years to mature. Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which can break down proteins (can tenderize meat) and supports digestive health. Pineapples also contain vital minerals including potassium, magnesium and calcium as well as the trace elements manganese, iron, copper and zinc. Small amounts of vitamin A, the vitamins of the B group and vitamin C are also present in this delicious fruit.
Pineapples are great as a snack, in sweet dishes such as a crisp, or in savory dishes such as fried rice or a salsa. Whichever way you enjoy eating pineapples, the possibilities are endless!
Tip: Pineapples don’t ripen after they have been harvested and their color doesn’t necessarily indicate ripeness. For example, a greener looking pineapple could be just as ripe as a yellow pineapple.
Metabolic Balance is a nutritional concept which places particular emphasis on a clean, conscious and sustainable lifestyle. Eating clean and consciously, means paying attention to the origin of the ingredients you buy, how the food you eat is cultivated (pesticides, GMO vs non-GMO, etc.), and trying to reduce packaging and plastics. For example, buying produce from a local farmer or buying in bulk are two simple ways to buy good food while also being environmentally conscious. Check out the resources below for more information.
The past few days our posts have highlighted how “eggcellent” eggs can be for your health! Inevitably when discussing this versatile food, the issue of cholesterol comes up. Although eggs are rich in cholesterol, they do not – as it was long believed – increase cholesterol levels. However, studies that allegedly prove that the consumption of chicken eggs contributes to increased blood cholesterol levels or even poses a risk of heart attack have long been refuted. The Mayo Clinic notes that,
Although some studies have found a link between eating eggs and heart disease, there may be other reasons for these findings. The foods people typically eat with eggs, such as bacon, sausage and ham, may do more to boost heart disease risk than eggs do. Plus, the way eggs and other foods are cooked — especially if fried in oil or butter — may play more of a role in the increased risk of heart disease than eggs themselves do.
Many current studies have even shown the opposite: the lecithin in the egg yolk tends to lower cholesterol levels. The fact that pharmaceutical companies, doctors, and the margarine industry in general earn a lot of money by “bad mouthing” cholesterol is a possible explanation why the cholesterol myth continues to persist.
… easy steps to improve your immune system and well-being! We all know the old proverb “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are nutrient-rich, known to lower uric acid as well as cholesterol. Especially older varieties of apples are rich in polyphenols, which counteract free radicals. Meaning, the naturally occurring flavonoids (phytonutrients found in fruits and vegetables) carry out antioxidant action.Therefore, Metabolic Balance applies these impressive health benefits – we eat one apple a day – that’s one of our strategies of success. Join us!If you have a Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan – put it to good use! Re-balance your metabolism now. If you do not have a plan yet, get in contact with us – or one of our certified coaches. We are looking forward hearing from you!
Preparation: Wash fish with cold water and pat dry. Season with salt and ground pepper and brush with mustard powder. Wash the vegetables and cut them into strips. Gently sauté in olive oil and season with vegetable powder. Place the vegetables in an ovenproof dish. Carefully place the fish on top and cook in the pre-heated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes [convection oven only heat to 300°F (150°C)]. Crush the crispbread using a food processor or put crisp bread in a plastic bag and crushing with a rolling pin. Rinse and finely chop herbs and add to the crushed crispbread, add some oil and spread it on the fish fillet. Place everything into the oven for another 5 minutes until the crust is nicely brown and crisp.
This means a healthy and balanced diet of healthy food helps the whole body – inside and out. The right foods allow us to feel great and look great with clear skin and healthy hair.
If we take apples as an example, they contain so many valuable nutrients and trace elements that can bind and neutralize damaging substances in the body such as free radicals. This results in so many benefits such as strong and healthy connective tissue aka beautiful skin!
Try this easy recipe – for a different way to get your apple a day: apple and oat streusel with walnuts (this is a Phase 3 recipe) Ingredients for 1 serving: 160 g of tart apple (for example Granny Smith) 30 g of rolled oats 15 g of butter (or ghee) 20 g of chopped walnuts Spices: cinnamon, vanilla bean, lemon juice (optional), a pinch of salt Preparation:
Peel the apple, cut into thin wedges, (drizzle with lemon juice) and place in a small greased ovenproof dish. Chop the nuts, add the oats and knead them together with the butter / ghee, salt, vanilla and cinnamon to form the streusel (crumble). Spread the streusel over the apple slices and bake at 150°C (300°F) for 20 to 30 minutes.
Drink your allotment of milk as the protein portion.
Ingredients: 1-2 eggs (depending on your serving), 1 shot sparkling mineral water, salt, fresh vanilla pulp, a pinch of cinnamon, 1 apple
Preparation: Wash and core the apple and chop or grate into small pieces. Heat a good non-stick pan, without adding any fat, sauté the apple. Beat the egg with the mineral water and season with salt. Add the egg mixture to the cooked apple and heat until firm. Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.
Poor nutrition is a major cause of chronic inflammation, stated in numerous recent studies. In particular, it’s increasingly apparent that many conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and rheumatism are more closely related to inflammation than it was discussed only a few years ago. A major cause of inflammatory processes in the body is a poor diet or malnutrition. A diet rich in ‘bad’ fats such as saturated fats and trans fats and high in simple sugars (basically the average western diet) is increasingly shown to promote chronic inflammation. This is in direct contrast to fiber, antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, healthy fats in fish and nuts plus beneficial oils, such as olive oil, which all have a natural anti-inflammatory effect. These recommendations correlate with Metabolic Balance and why reducing inflammation is one of the key benefits experienced by many of our clients.
Find a certified Metabolic Balance Coach to create a nutrition plan that will show your anti-inflammatory foods in a tailor-made meal plan!
We love savoy cabbage – how about you? We just think it has such magnificent green, wavy leaves! Until recently, when haute cuisine started to champion it and it’s popularity increased, it was very much overlooked. One of the wonderful things about savoy cabbage, is that it has an excellent long season. The early season savoy cabbage comes on the produce shelves around Easter Time and has rather tender, loose leaves. The autumn variety though, has thicker and firmer leaves and also has a slightly spicier flavor.
Savoy cabbage tastes greats as a vegetable side dish. It’s great to be used for savoy cabbage rolls and in lasagne. In terms of its nutritional strengths, it really does enrich our health during the winter season. It is high in vitamin C, contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, folic acid, potassium, calcium and iron. With only 31 kilo-calories per 100g, savoy cabbage could be called a “slim” vegetable, that contains plenty of beneficial sulfur oils and chlorophyll. In southern Germany, its leaves are traditionally used as a “green hot-water bottle”. The ribs of dark green savoy cabbage leaves are cut flat and briefly placed in boiling water. They are then rolled flat and laid as compresses on the body to relieve pain such as abdominal pain, chest pain or leg cramps.
The tender cone of the Pointed cabbage: it’s small, fine and loosely wound – with these unique characteristics, the pointed cabbage has secured itself a special position in the cabbage family!
As it’s naturally tender, it cooks quickly and does not need to be blanched even when using for stuffed cabbage. It also is a great addition when finely sliced into hearty and fruity-sweet salads. Make sure that it’s very fresh when you buy it, as the pointed cabbage doesn’t really have a long shelf life. Like the other members of the cabbage family, pointed cabbage is full of healthy nutrients, including vitamins C, B1, B2, potassium and beta-carotene.
Our Top Tip: due to heat and cooking water, many nutrients can be lost. Therefore, simply finely cut some raw leaves and mix them under your other cooked vegetables.
How do you like pointed cabbage? Share your favorite recipes and tips with us (add to comments)!