The pineapple originally comes from South America and Hawaii but is now commonly grown in many warm and tropical regions. This fruit not only tastes delicious but also contains high amounts of bromelain, an enzyme which breaks down proteins. This enzyme can have phenomenal effects on the body: it inhibits blood coagulation, improves blood circulation, has an anti-inflammatory effect, lowers blood pressure and helps to break down deposits on the inner walls of the blood vessels. Note though that this enzyme is broken down when heated, so cooked pineapple will no longer contain active bromelain. In addition to bromelain, pineapples contain almost all essential vitamins as well as important minerals and trace elements. No matter how you enjoy pineapple, in sweet or savory dishes, this superfood is worth incorporating into your diet.
Rapunzel, corn salad or lamb’s lettuce – no other variety has as many names as the popular field salad. And the name speaks for itself: It comes straight from the fields. This is a great leafy vegetable to include in your diet because it contains valuable nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and folic acid as well as iron, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. But you shouldn’t enjoy this salad too often. It contains quite a lot of oxalic acid. This acid is considered a “calcium scavenger” because it binds the mineral and prevents it from being stored in bones and teeth.
Avocados have increased in popularity in the US since the early 2000’s and are now a staple in many households. What many people may not know is that they are one of the most nutrient dense and healthy fruits! Not a vegetable, avocado is the only fruit that contains high levels of healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. In addition, avocados contain high amounts of fiber, are a great source of vitamins C, K, B6, and are rich in magnesium, potassium, and omega-3 fatty acids. Although most of the calories are derived from fats, these are all healthy fats that the cells in your body need for essential metabolic processes.
Avocados are extremely versatile and can be used in many different dishes. Try them mashed on toast, blended into a pasta sauce, on top of a salad, or even in a creamy chocolate pudding. The possibilities are endless!
Red and purple foods! You’ve probably heard of how important it is to “eat the rainbow”. Well red and purple foods are an essential part of that rainbow. This is because they are a great source of polyphenols. These essential phytochemicals are excellent antioxidants which we need for healthy ageing and protecting our cells from damage and inflammation. Natural and real foods have an incredible ability to keep us healthy. So enjoy something red or purple today and of course we say choose it from your Metabolic Balance food list. It’ll then be even more incredible for you! What are some of your favorite red and purple foods?
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White cabbage is available all year round but is seasonal in the fall and winter months. This vegetable is extremely versatile in the kitchen. It can be used raw in salads or slaw, to make sauerkraut, to make soup, or filled with a mix of ingredients to make cabbage rolls. In addition to being a great ingredient to cook with, white cabbage has a lot of nutritional benefits. It is rich in folic acid, Vitamin K, calcium, iron, and Vitamin C. Noteworthy is that unlike many other vegetables, white cabbage doesn’t lose vitamin C during cooking! This is because it also contains a lot of ascorbigen, a precursor of Vitamin C. The next time you are at the store consider picking up a head of white cabbage and exploring all of the ways use you can use this healthy and delicious vegetable!
At Metabolic Balance we are all about real whole foods!
It is so easy to take our food for granted but if you take time to look then you’ll see real foods are simply gorgeous! The vibrancy and life that they hold is amazing. The color and shape is beautiful. The promise of health and wellbeing is so exciting! We encourage you to stop and look at your food. Look at what you are putting in your mouth and think “is this what I want my body to be created from?” Your body needs whole fresh vibrant foods that are filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Colorful foods are nutritious, delicious, and much better than any processed food containing chemicals and fillers!
So the next time you are cooking or eating a meal, take a moment and try to really “see” your food!
Adapted: Metabolic Balance Australia and New Zealand
Endives are very versatile plants that you may associate as a root that is used as a common alternative to coffee. Not only is the root (also known as chicory) edible but so are the leaves of the endive plant! The leaves are very hearty and have a slightly bitter flavor making them ideal for grilling or as an addition to a salad.
Endives are not only delicious but also detoxifying and metabolism-regulating. They are rich in potassium, folic acid, zinc, and also contains vitamins A, B and C.
According to the motto “bitter, please”, the Metabolic Balance program recommends including more bitter foods in your diet to regulate your metabolism and digestion in a completely natural way. Adding endives to different meals such as salads can do just that!
Unfortunately, Christmas markets and parties will be cancelled this year but that doesn’t mean celebrations will not be in full swing. The Christmas season will bring temptations that you don’t have to resist completely. Simply follow these tips and you can enjoy the season without gaining those extra pounds.
-Stick to eating only 3 meals a day and take a 5 hour break between the meals. This prevents you from eating more than your stomach can handle. Take your time for dinner, too.
-If you can’t resist the sweet treats, bitter substances are very helpful after enjoying sweets. Christmas punch or mulled wine may also be enjoyed during Christmas season. However, drink it at mealtime and drink enough water between the meals.
-Finally make sure that you have healthy options around as an alternative!
That’s how you can get through the Christmas season without any worries.
You probably already know that refined sugar is not good for you. Unfortunately, most people still eat too much of it. With a Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, this will not happen to you. Your body will thank you! If you stop consuming any kind of additional sweeteners for a certain time and only eat the sugar that is naturally found in fresh food, you will soon notice how much better you feel and will also stop craving super sweet foods. Although the first few days will be tough, the end results will be worth it!
Legumes are one of the best sources of vegetable protein and are far more than just a simple ingredient on the winter menu.
For far too long, dishes with legumes have been considered simple or “just” for vegetarians. But after a number of star chefs showed creative ways to use peas, lentils, and beans, legumes started gaining popularity. The United Nations even named 2016 the International Year of Pulses (Legumes) to raise awareness about the sustainability, affordability, and versatility of this food group.
Since the legume group encompasses everything from quinoa to beans (there are over 12,000 different types of legumes), there are thousands of recipes to explore.