Born to be a Queen – Cucumber

Do you love cucumber as much as we do? 

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In our kitchen, cucumber is an absolute highlight. It consists of 97 percent water, has a mild taste and as a raw food, goes well with many dishes and is a natural addition to almost every salad. It has an impressive nutrient list to its name, too! It’s rich in carotene, vitamins E, K, B1, B2 and B6 and contains among others calcium (15mg per 100g), phosphorus (25mg per 100g) and potassium (140mg per 100g). Cucumbers have a fabulous detoxifying effect on our bodies, they help reduce uric acid and have a healthy diuretic effect. Fresh cucumbers are best stored in a cool place and separated from other vegetables. 

Quick tip: Clean the peel well and then eat it. It’s rich in silica and therefore can help strengthen your skin, hair and nails.

Especially important: When shopping, please look out for your locally grown produce – if they are organic, too, then that’s even better!

Tasty Vegetarian – Yummy Veggie-Tofu Wok

We love vegetables from the wok! Yummy vegetarian tofu wok.

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Ingredients: 1 serving tofu
1 serving vegetables from your plan (e.g., princess beans, bell pepper, 1 tsp. diced red onion)

Spices: tamari soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, chili, vegetable stock, turmeric, sea salt, black pepper, coconut milk, coconut oil,

Preparation: peel the garlic and ginger and chop finely. Chop thick parts of lemon grass and the chili finely. Mix tamari, garlic, ginger, chili, lemon grass, turmeric, salt, freshly ground pepper and coconut oil into a marinade. Cut the tofu into small cubes and marinate overnight.

Wash and clean vegetables and briefly blanch beans in salted water. Cut the bell pepper into stripes. Sauté the tofu, add the onion cubes and steam. Fry bell peppers briefly, then add the beans and deglaze with coconut milk. Bring all to the boil and season to taste.

 

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.

Reasons for Healthy Nutrition:

Fewer sick leaves due to diet-related diseases or deficiency symptoms!

Even Hippocrates knew: The right diet keeps us healthy and can even cure diseases. Anyone who is at work knows how important it is to always be present. Long periods of absence, for example due to diet-related illnesses followed by rehabilitation, interrupt working life for a long time. Often it is difficult to get back on the job.

With Metabolic Balance you receive a personalized Nutrition Plan, which keeps your well-being up and strengthens your immune system. Find your local Coach right HERE

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Food for Thought:

The Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSIP)hand-1549136_1920 just published a very interesting Info-Graphic on facebook, which linked to the following article. Giving food for thought: What to Eat – the Grandparents’ Diet!

Photo #hand#hold#care by 41330  (pixabay)

Let’s think about the world we bequeath to our children and grandchildren!

Today is Wild Food Day

Out of survival Euell Gibbons supplement the family diet with wild foods. He was only a teenager while doing so. He went on writing about these foods [e.g.: Stalking the Wild Asparagus (1962)] and many more books in this genre and was a huge supporter of Natural Diets in the 60’s.
Research has shown that Wild Foods is not only healthy but also provide a magnitude on nutrients not often found in the isles of grocery stores.strawberry-7649_1920

Read more about Wild Foods Day: http://www.cooksinfo.com/wild-foods-day
and Euell Gibbons: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euell_Gibbons

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