The onion is one of the most commonly used vegetables around the world and also great for your health. They are very nutrient dense, packed full of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C, B vitamins, and potassium. Onions help fight inflammation as they contain antioxidants and are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. In the kitchen onions are a great ingredient as they add tons of flavor to dishes and can be used raw or cooked. Although onions are found in many households it can really help to know what onions are best for what purpose. For example red onions which are a little sweeter and have less strong of a flavor compared to white onions are great raw in a salad. To learn what onions are best for what types of dishes check out this infographic below.
This is about recognizing how important you are. How fabulous your body is. How vital it is to respect yourself and be kind and loving to yourself. It’s a sad fact that many look outside for a fix to their problems whether that’s thinking if only I had this I’d be happy, if only I looked like that I’d be successful, if only there was a quick fix I’d be well. We say, start with kindness to yourself. Start with loving words and stop the criticism. Then start with your food. Eat to nourish yourself in the right way. After 20+ years of helping people know their foods, we’ve seen some wonderful transformations for a life long love affair of health and wellbeing. And it’s never ever too early or too late to start loving yourself in the right way with nutritious and delicious food. Love yourself enough to cook yourself a meal of fresh food perfect for you. It really can be that simple.
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You might be surprised to know that leeks are actually a member of the lily family! Leeks are a typical winter vegetable that have a light green color and are a milder and sweeter version of an onion. They contain vitamins B1 and C, and are abundant in iron, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Leeks are good for digestion, help stimulate the liver and gall bladder, and have been shown to lower blood sugar. Along with being very healthy, leeks are also an extremely versatile ingredient that can be used in many different dishes. You can slice it thinly and eat it raw or cook it and use it in a frittata, creamy soup, or pasta dish.
L-tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids and is used by the body to produce serotonin. This hormone is vital in helping control your mood and sleep! Tryptophan is an amino acid that can’t by produced by the body so it has to come into our bodies through our diets. A deficiency in tryptophan can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and feelings of depression. Incorporating foods rich in tryptophan can help prevent such a deficiency. The foods below are all rich in tryptophan and worth incorporating into your diet! So check your Metabolic Balance meal plan right now and incorporate the foods that are good for you into your meals.
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For many people across the globe, Lent has begun. While many people now give up sweets or alcohol, Metabolic Balance participants like to use this time for a metabolic re-start. Do you also want to do something good for your body and your metabolism? Then join in! With a nutrition according to Metabolic Balance, vitality and quality of life can increase, the immune system is given fresh impetus and, quite incidentally, you can lose a few pounds.
Have you often found yourself wondering “why is my health like this”? “I just don’t feel like me anymore.” “Why can’t I get well?” “My body used to work but now I just don’t get what’s going on!”
Food and lifestyle choices are now fully recognized as being intimately linked to everyday health. So whether that’s having difficulty losing weight, mood disorders, skin problems, digestive symptoms, thyroid problems, autoimmune disorders, metabolic problems, hormonal issues and so on and so on, looking at your diet and understanding the foods that are right for you may be the answer you’ve been looking for. In a nutshell, Metabolic Balance is an analysis of 35 parameters from your blood test together with data on your current health and body measurements. We then create for you your perfect food list and menu plan. Health comes from eating the exact right nourishing healthy food that is perfect for you as an individual. And that’s all Metabolic Balance is…. it’s the right whole delicious foods for you. No shakes or strange concoctions! Beautiful food + perfect for you = great health and quality of life!! Metabolic Balance is not some new fad. It’s been loved around the world since 2002! It was developed by an incredible doctor and nutritionist team in Germany and is only available from certified professional practitioners. It’s loved in over 35 countries around the world by doctors, nutritionists, naturopaths and natural medicine practitioners. But most importantly it’s loved by their clients for the answers and results it gives them. So find your practitioner now! There’s never been a better time to reset your body. You can feel right again, you just need to make that decision to do it.
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Do you have specific food preferences? We are happy to take them into consideration. Our highly individualized Metabolic Balance nutrition plan is not only based on 36 blood values, but it also considers your personal preferences. The plan should not only work, it should also be delicious for you!
Today we have a spicy and flavorful mango dish, perfect to serve with any protein on your plan!
1 serving of vegetables (green cabbage, leeks, mushrooms)
1 serving of mango (diced)
1/4 cup (50 mL) vegetable broth
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Roughly cut the green cabbage. Clean the leeks and cut them finely. Cut the mushrooms into quarters. Halve the chili, remove the seeds and cut into small pieces. Peel and finely dice the garlic and ginger. Heat the oil in a medium pan and cook the garlic, ginger and leeks until translucent, then add the chili and cardamom. Add the mushrooms as well and steam for 3 minutes. Then add the green cabbage and cook for another 3 minutes. Deglaze with vegetable stock and let it stew for 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper. Finally, add half a portion of diced mango and enjoy the rest of the mango for dessert. Bring to the boil again and season to taste. Enjoy with a protein of your choice!
Mangoes are a delicious fruit that have many nutritional benefits. They contain a lot of vitamin A and C, potassium, iron, and some copper. Their vibrant yellow/orange color also tells us that mangoes are rich in carotene.
When buying and eating mangoes, make sure that you only eat ripe mangoes, because unripe mangoes aren’t nearly as delicious but can also have a slightly laxative effect. Ripe mangoes, on the other hand, soothe the intestines and are easily digestible. The mango pulp stimulates the entire metabolism and strengthens connective tissue. This fruit is an absolute superfood and can be used in both sweet and savory dishes!
A few weeks ago we wrote about the ways our body detoxifies and one of the major organs involved is the liver. The liver is the largest solid organ in the body and filters the blood from the digestive tract. It plays a vital role in detoxifying chemicals and metabolizing drugs. Keeping your liver healthy and functioning well is important for your overall health. To learn more about tips and ways to improve your liver health check out this infographic below.
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