Walnuts

Did you know that walnuts are a real super food?  They contain the essential fatty acid linolenic acid (an omega-3 fat) which is one of the two essential fatty acids that humans need to obtain from their diet. Essential fatty acids are known to offer a whole range of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. They keep the heart healthy by helping the blood vessels be flexible, prevent arteriosclerosis and have a positive influence on cholesterol levels.  

Walnuts are very high in protein and therefore particularly great for vegetarians. A handful of walnuts (about 43g) provides 8g of protein. They are also among the richest sources of antioxidants that help protect against cancer. They are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, pantothenic acid and important minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and calcium. Walnuts also boost digestion, as they are very rich in fiber.

Persimmon

Persimmons are delicious fruits that come into season in the winter. Native to China, Japan, and Korea, persimmons are also extremely nutritious. They are rich in dietary fiber and important vitamins and minerals including, manganese, vitamin C, and beta carotene. In the kitchen, persimmons are extremely versatile and can be used in sweet and savory dishes. They are delicious in salads, breads, cookies, jams, and pies. So next time you are at the grocery store, give this wonderful fruit a try.

Cheese and Metabolic Balance

Did you know that cheese is found on many personalized Metabolic Balance nutrition plans? Cheese can be an excellent source of protein and has been shown to support weight loss as it helps regulate our weight and fat levels1. This is in part because it helps us feel ‘full’ and satiated so that we don’t reach for more food. Research has also shown that the balance of fat and calcium can help reduce the amount of saturated fat absorbed by the gut2. At Metabolic Balance® we understand the scientific power of real food, and use science to create custom and personalized meal plans for all of our customers. So, enjoy the cheeses on your plan, knowing they are providing a balanced range of nutrients to help reset you body, and help you feel your best!

References:

1Stonehouse, W. et al. (2016) Dairy Intake Enhances Body Weight and Composition Changes. Nutrients. 8)7):394

2Dekker, L. H. et al. (2019) Cheese and Healthy Diet. Frontiers in Nutrition. 6:185

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Dates

Dates are the sweet fruit of date trees that are native to the Middle East, Northern Africa, and South Asia. This fruit has grown in popularity around the world and is used in a variety of cuisines. In addition to being delicious, dates have many health benefits and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Dates are high in fiber, polyphenols (antioxidants), iron, potassium, and magnesium. This fruit can support a healthy digestion, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support bone health. Not only are dates good for your health but they are also extremely versatile and perfect in many dishes. They are great in smoothies, on salads, as a quick snack, or in savory Moroccan stews.

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Peaches

Peaches are a popular summertime fruit thought to have originated from Asia more than 8,000 years ago. Considered a stone fruit they are closely related to plums, nectarines, and apricots. Peaches are very nutritious and offer many health benefits. They are packed with antioxidants, fiber, minerals, and vitamins including vitamins A and K. In addition, peaches are associated with improving digestion, skin health, and improving heart health. Peaches are easy to incorporate into your diet, they can be eaten raw, canned, and used in both sweet and savory dishes.

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Ice Cream

With summer in full swing many of us are looking for a refreshing treat like ice cream. Today we have a few tips for healthy ice cream options so that you can stay on track while enjoying summer!

And if you want to enjoy ice cream bought in the supermarket, we have the following tips for you:

1. For a homemade ice cream, puree a portion of frozen fruits with a hand blender or mixer.

2. 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.

3. Information on high-quality processing can also be found in phrases such as “without colorings, additives and flavorings” or “only natural ingredients”. 

4. Avoid plastic spoons and cups as much as possible and, like this, ensure clean ice cream enjoyment!

Strawberry Season

Welcome to the strawberry season!

From a botanical point of view, this is not actually 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 spots 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.

Optimize Your Health

Is it actually possible to eat healthy…? Buying healthy food, well that can be easy. But to know which individual foods are good for your health, that’s another story. The solution for a holistic way of eating is: Metabolic Balance. Our nutrition plan, based on your personal blood analysis includes exactly the foods you need for optimal health. To learn more visit our website to connect with one of our coaches!

Radishes

Do you like small radishes? We love them! They are a little milder in flavor than their bigger counterparts such as daikon. Nevertheless, they taste delicious especially with a bit of salt and are delightfully crunchy.

Their fresh juice is considered a genuine medicine in naturopathy: Its essential oils clean and regenerate the mucous membranes, stimulate digestion and lower high cholesterol. Water accumulation in the body is also accelerated and washed out again. Small radishes contain valuable carotene, some B vitamins, plenty of potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron and enzymes. If you don’t like them raw, you can try to roast or saute them with some garlic, salt and pepper. This gives them a milder but delicious flavor.

Spinach

Spinach is a dark, leafy green vegetable that originated from central and western Asia. It contains high-quality protein, fiber, and 10 different vitamins and 13 different minerals. Its bitter substances support the entire digestion and also act as a tonic for the heart, liver and nerves. Its content of chlorophyll, folic acid, iron, copper and valuable enzymes strongly promotes the formation of both red and white blood cells, which has a strong influence on the immune system. The carotenoids in spinach protect the skin and mucous membranes and also strengthen the eyes.
Since spinach contains an above-average amount of oxalic acid, which blocks the absorption of calcium, one should preferably avoid eating milk or dairy products at the same meal, but choose a different source of protein.