Popular Peanuts!

Peanuts are very popular at Metabolic Balance. But what makes them so valuable? Although their name suggests otherwise, they aren’t nuts! They’re actually a type of legume. Originally found in the Andes, today they are mainly grown in the U.S., Argentina, Brazil, Sudan and Senegal. The stems of the peanut plant dig themselves into the soil after the flowers are pollinated. This is where the seeds ripen in a woody shell and hey presto we get peanuts! 

Peanuts eaten raw actually taste like beans and only get their familiar peanutty smell through roasting. With 25-35% protein and 42-52% fat, peanuts are pretty high in calories; however, this is not bad! The fat provides a great source of the heart-friendly and essential fat, linoleic acid. Peanuts are also rich in vitamin E and most of the B vitamins (not B12), many minerals (iron, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium) and valuable trace elements such as copper, manganese, zinc and fluorine. 

Take a little baggy of peanuts in your purse for a great quick snack when you’re out and about!

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Bitter Tasting Foods to Fight Cravings!

There’s an old German saying, “What’s bitter for the mouth, is healthy for the stomach”. And we totally agree! However many naturally bitter salad leaves and vegetables are not as bitter as they once were. Instead due to modern farming and the types of plants farmed today, many of our bitter foods are nowadays much milder, sweeter or sour.

So why is this important? 

The plant components that give a bitter taste have been increasingly researched in recent years and have been shown to have many important functions for the human bodies. For example we now know that the bitter phytochemicals have very beneficial digestive characteristics and can help support and strengthen a healthy liver. 

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The health benefits can also start from the minute the sensitive taste buds on the tongue come into contact with bitter foods. This kick-starts a cascade of digestive benefits including the production of digestive juices in the stomach and boosting the function of both the gallbladder and the pancreas.

But what many people don’t realize is that these strongly alkaline and bitter substances act like a natural suppressant towards damaging sugary foods. The “bitter” taste naturally reduces the desire for sweet foods! So try to eat many sources of bitter foods that naturally help stop those cravings for sweets!

Eat Right & Feel Amazing

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The positive feedback from our clients confirm: with Metabolic Balance you know what to eat to be happy. 

Top comments include: after a short period of time you start to simply feel so much better. The pounds tumble, fitness increases and you simply feel comfortable in your body.  

Support your unique body with the right food and experience your best quality of life! Connect with your local certified Metabolic Balance Coach, who can assist you to have your personal Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan!

What to know about Red Cabbage

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So what do you know about red cabbage? Let us fill you in on this excellent versatile vegetable! Firstly it’s available all year round now! However, it’s most popular in autumn and winter as a classic side dish to game, duck and roast goose or turkey.  It’s red coloring is not cultured, but a variation of nature. In traditional medicine it was believed that red cabbage had a positive effect on blood. Compresses made from red cabbage leaves are said to have alleviated varicose veins, phlebitis and leg ulcers. Red cabbage contains the pigment anthocyanin – also found in red berries and red wine – which has an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. It has been shown in numerous studies that this flavonoid has cancer-inhibiting and cholesterol-lowering effects and is also linked to reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes. Red cabbage is rich in many vitamins and fiber and is an important immune booster during the cold season. It contains above all the vitamins C, B6 and E. 

Tip: to preserve the beautiful rich color of red cabbage, add some vinegar or citric acid when cooking.

Fennel – Soy Bean – Soup

So what do you think about fennel? We just love it! It tastes so good in this soybean soup.

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Ingredients:
1 serving of soybeans (and soy sprouts)
1 handful of savory
1 serving of fennel
Spices: 1 tsp. of chopped lovage, fresh parsley, wild chive, salt & pepper

Preparation: soak soybeans overnight in water. Rinse, place in a large saucepan and add fresh water. Add savory to the water and cook the soybeans until soft (see package instructions).
Wash and clean the fennel, if necessary remove the outer leaves, cut into small cubes.  Add to the soybeans and simmer for another 10 minutes or until soft.
Wash lovage, parsley and chives, spin dry and chop finely. Season the soybeans with salt, pepper and your chopped herbs.

Enjoy!

Homemade Vegetable Broth

Following a special request from a client, we wanted to share with you too – an easy recipe for homemade vegetable broth:

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You need:
1 serving of vegetables (carrots, leek, fennel, celery, onion)
fresh parsley
salt
pepper
fresh ginger
fresh garlic
thyme
rosemary
oregano
marjoram

Preparation:

Wash and chop the vegetables to even sized chunks. Add all the vegetables with the spices and herbs to a large heavy based pot. Pour in 1 liter (34 fl.oz.) of cold water, bring to the boil, simmer lightly for about 1 hour and leave to steep for half an hour. Finally pour everything through a fine sieve and season to taste.

It’s best to prepare a larger amount and freeze it in several servings.  Then you’ll always have fresh vegetable broth. 

Happy Halloween

Today it’s time to say “Trick or Treat” again. Have a spooky Halloween night with some creepy fun! To make Halloween a real treat, we recommend these pumpkin fries with blood orange dip.

Ingredients:
1 serving vegetables (pumpkin, avocado)
1 serving blood orange
olive oil
Spices: sea salt, paprika, curry, freshly ground pepper, freshly chopped rosemary, fresh parsley

Preparation:
Preheat the oven to 250°C (480°F) for the pumpkin fries. Wash pumpkin, cut in half, remove seeds. Quarter the pumpkin and cut into fries shape. 

Season the fries with sea salt, rosemary, paprika and curry powder and mix with a tablespoon of oil. Place the fries on a baking tray covered with baking paper and bake on the top shelf for approx. 18 minutes until the fries are lightly browned. 

Blood orange dip:
Wash the blood orange in hot water and dry. Puree the avocado pulp with some freshly grated orange peel and orange juice.
Season to taste with salt, pepper and freshly chopped parsley.

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How to …

Many clients ask us: can I use frozen meat, fish, vegetables and fruit and if so how much? 

When weighing frozen proteins like meat, fish, poultry, etc., 20 g more should always be added to the weight in your plan, as there is a loss of water during thawing. So 120 g frozen fish is equivalent to about 100 g thawed fish. For frozen fruits and vegetables, the amount indicated in the plan is the same. 

Note: always make sure that frozen meat is defrosted properly before cooking!

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Lentil Mini Patties

Delicious also as a pre-made “grab and go” meal  – Lentil Mini Patties

Ingredients:
1 serving red lentils
1 serving bell pepper
1 serving leek
1 serving kohlrabi
Spices: salt, pepper, ground caraway, parsley, dill, chives
Coconut oil

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Soak the lentils for at least 6 hours, pour, rinse and drain. Add the same amount of fresh water (i.e. 100g of dried lentils, then add 100ml of water) to the lentils and puree until smooth in a blender. Wash and clean the vegetables and cut them into very small cubes or grate them.Add two thirds of the vegetables to the lentil mixture, season well and mix with parsley. Fry the lentil mixture as small patties in coconut oil to a golden brown. Simply prepare the remaining vegetables as a salad or vegetable side-dish.

Tip: These mini-patties can also be prepared beforehand and eaten cold. Therefore, they are ideal as a “meal on the go”.

Enjoy!

You Are What You Eat …

you are what you eat, so make a nutrition plan and stick to it

you are what you eat, so find out your ideal nutrition plan to create your best self!

Metabolic Balance is a holistic nutrition concept based on professional support and the creation of an individual nutrition plan based on personal blood values. This clear and simply structured personalized plan shows the right foods for you together with the right timings, food combinations and amounts. With this incredibly valuable knowledge, you can achieve renewed health, wellness and quality of life for the future.

Find a local, certified Metabolic Balance Coach to coach you to balance your metabolism and increase your quality of life!

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