Pumpkin Gratin

To finish our pumpkin week, we are sharing a delicious pumpkin gratin recipe!

Ingredients:
1 serving of mozzarella
1 serving of vegetables (pumpkin, spring onions)
Curry powder
Chili powder
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Wash and clean the vegetables and cut them along with the mozarella into thin slices. Put the pumpkin slices into a casserole dish and season to taste with curry powder, chili powder, and salt and pepper. Bake in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for about 15 minutes. Cover with mozzarella and bake for another 5 minutes. Sprinkle with spring onions and enjoy!

Pumpkin

Every year the pumpkin is THE star among the autumn vegetables. In terms of health, the pumpkin flesh is a true jack-of-all-trades. Pumpkins contain a lot of water and fiber which help the digestive system. Additionally, it is packed full of vitamin A and minerals such as copper, iron, magnesium and potassium. In folk medicine, fresh pumpkin juice is said to help with constipation.
Not just the flesh of the pumpkin is great for your health. Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious but also contain valuable fatty acids, minerals and trace elements such as manganese, zinc, copper and selenium.

Use this opportunity to try out a new pumpkin recipe and know that you are doing something good for your body!

Hidden Sugars

Many foods contain hidden sugars. Especially ready-made meals, fat-free products and refreshing drinks. Diabetes type II is often called “acquired diabetes” as it can be associated with a poor diet and lifestyle. However, the message is: Diabetes acquired at an adult age is often reversible – even if insulin is being injected. With the correct nutrition – we show you how! To learn more about how we can help you regain optimal health visit our website or send us a message!

Beets

Beets are an absolute super food! Originally cultivated for it leaves in the Middle East, this plant was first grown for its root by the Romans. As early as the Middle Ages beets were used for their medicinal properties and used to treat different illnesses such as fever and constipation. Nowadays we know why this inconspicuous root vegetable was so effective. It is packed with nutrients including folic acid, vitamin C, betanin and B vitamins.

Not only are beets great for your health but they are also super versatile in the kitchen. You can eat them raw, roasted, or pickled!
Stay tuned for a recipe using beets!

Organic Apples

Organic apples are great for so many reasons!

Did you know that an apple contains more than one million bacteria? This is what scientists at Graz University of Technology found out in a 2019 study. Eating apples is therefore not only beneficial because they contain an abundance of enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber but also because they contain microbes. The bacteria found in the seeds and flesh, can have beneficial effects on the microbiota in your intestine. In this study, it was also examined whether there is a difference between apples from conventional cultivation vs organic apples. The result was clear: the organic apples showed significantly more diverse bacterial communities. So enjoy your organic apples and stay healthy!

Study: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190724090255.htm

Find Your Right Foods

The foods you put in your body every day is one of the most important things that impacts your well-being. Although eating healthy is important it is even more vital to eat the right foods for your body. At Metabolic Balance we have seen first hand the amazing results from customized and tailored nutrition plans. So what are you waiting for, kick start your health journey today!

To learn more about how Metabolic Balance can help food be your medicine connect with us over Facebook or visit our website.

Fennel

As we are leaving the summer months behind, delicious produce including fennel are coming into season. Originally from the Mediterranean area, where it is mainly grown as vegetable, it is now commonly found all across the US. Not only is it grown commercially but it is also found in meadows in the wild. You can recognize it by its finely feathered leaves, the typical fennel scent and bright yellow blossoms. As a healing herb, fennel has a lot to offer. The herb and seeds can have many health benefits including relieve menstrual cramps, relieve upset stomachs, aid in digestion, and boost the immune system. From a culinary point of view, opinions diverge regarding the fennel – some people love it and some do not like the taste at all! Stay tuned as tomorrow we will share one of our favorite recipes with you. Even if you normally do not like fennel, give this recipe a try because you will not be disappointed!

Infographic: LiveLoveFruit

Wild Mushrooms

As we are transitioning in the fall months we are also moving into the season of wild mushrooms. Mushrooms have amazing health benefits including lowering blood pressure, stimulating the absorption of nutrients, and can help lower cholesterol. During the fall many different delicious varieties pop up at local farmers markets and grocery stores. Check out the infographic below to learn about a few different varieties and how to best cook them!

Best Fruits for Your Body

Summer is a season filled with plenty of ripe and delicious fruit. With so many to choose from you might be wondering, “What fruit is best?”

Although most fruits contain many nutrients, some are better than others. For example, apple have more than thirty minerals, trace elements, vitamins and secondary plant substances. However, berries also contain a lot of valuable nutrients. Tropical fruits score points with their enzymes, which have a positively influence on the metabolism. Bananas, figs, or dates are sometimes referred to as “thickeners”. Compared to other fruits, their glucose content is significantly higher, and their effect on blood sugar levels and insulin secretion is correspondingly higher.
While on Metabolic Balance make sure that different varieties of fruit are not mixed together as the sum of the sugar content can be too much. So enjoy fruit better individually!

Antioxidants

Many people have probably heard of antioxidants but few are familiar with what they are and how they work.

Antioxidants are compounds prevalent in fruits and vegetables that inhibit oxidation because they can fight free radicals present in the body. These free radicals in the body are produced as a by-product of normal metabolic processes or from exposure to harmful factors such as ozone, X-rays, air pollutants, and chemicals. High levels of free radicals in the body have been associated with cancer, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. Thus antioxidants play an important role in the body by helping to regulate free radical levels.

Although the body can produce its own antioxidants it is also important to get them through your diet. Many fruits and vegetables contain large amounts of vital antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and epigallacatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Foods especially high in antioxidants include green tea, berries, dark leafy greens, and beans.

For more information and a list of foods high in antioxidants, check out the links below.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/multimedia/antioxidants/sls-20076428

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/325873#spinach

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841576/

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