Gingerbread Chocolate Pralines

With the third candle now lit on our Advent Wreath – we wish you and your loved ones a wonderful third Advent and Holiday Season. To celebrate we invite you to share this little treat:

Gingerbread Chocolate Pralines: (for approx. 12-15 little balls, multiply the recipe for a bigger batch)

Ingredients:
60g walnuts
100g dates (without stones)
30g cacao
1 tsp. gingerbread spice (and/or cinnamon, clove to taste)

Preparation:
Crush the walnuts in a food processor and add the cocoa. Add dates and spices to taste and combine well. Form the mixture into small bite size balls. Allow to cool before you are ready to enjoy this yummy treat. Simple and delicious! Happy Holidays!

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Strategies “Around the Rules”

The Holiday Season is a wonderful time but with all the temptations everywhere we go, it can be hard to stick to healthy choices. So how do you stay on track with Metabolic Balance and not put on those extra pounds? Here’s how! 

  • Always aim to stick 100% to the three meal a day rule and take a 5 hour break between meals to avoid eating more than your stomach can handle. This will ensure your blood sugar levels don’t go too far out of sync and lead to unwanted cravings and blood sugar highs which make staying on track even harder.
  • Take your time to eat. Relax and enjoy the occasion and know there’s no rush to indulge in everything offered. By taking your time you’re less likely to overeat. Plus it’s the holiday season, a meal can and should last a little longer than normal!
  • Enjoy the goodies that are only prepared in this festive season – but always start with your protein appetizer, e. g., a bite of the Holiday turkey, ham, fish or goose.
  • Every feast needs to have a delicious dessert. How about making yours a baked apple with cinnamon this year? 
  • If you’re finding it hard to say no to sweet treats, try having some naturally bitter foods. A handful of cranberries, a cup of green tea or black coffee with your meal or tart lemon in your water can be helpful. 
  • Eggnog, punch, mulled wine or a glass of wine are a wonderful part of the Holiday Season and you shouldn’t miss out if you enjoy these treats. The best way to indulge is to ensure you drink alcohol with the meal. Remember, for each glass of alcohol drink a glass of water. 
  • Last but not least, drink your water between meals – this is the most important Strategy of the 8 Rules!

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Cashew-Mango-Coconut Balls

Would you like some more exotic treats this Holiday Season? Try these cashew-mango-coconut balls to transport yourself to an exotic vacation spot!

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You’ll need:
70g dried mangoes (soak for approx. 30 min)
70g cashews (if possible, also soak beforehand)
35g grated coconut
additional grated coconut to cover the outside of the balls

Preparation:
Soak dried mango and drain well. Combine the cashew nuts, mango and grated coconut in a processor until you have a uniform mix. Form little balls and roll them in additional coconut flakes. Enjoy!

Tips:
Coconut coated treats look like mini snowballs. Thus, you can easily create yummy wintry treats. These ball-type treats are also easy and perfect for all cooking abilities. They’re great to make with kids. Create your own version with different combinations of spices, nuts and fruits. Those wintry snow-balls make lovely and yummy home-made gifts. 

Holiday Season Treat

With Holiday Season in full swing, it’s definitely time for our yummy sweet ideas (only from phase 3 at the earliest of course!).  How about these chocolate mountains, for starters? 

What you’ll need:
120g walnuts
65g cacao
1 pinch of sea salt
220g dates

What to do:
Crush the walnuts in a blender. Add the cacao and a pinch of salt and mix until everything is well mixed and completely chocolate-ty brown. Wash, dab-dry the dates, then remove the seeds. Add the date halves one by one and mix again. The mixture should now be well mixed and stick together when pressed gently. Finally, press the mixture flat into a form, chill until serving and cut when cold into nice little squares or servings. Enjoy!

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Chickpea / Garbanzo-Beans

The humble chickpea is definitely something that needs to be a regular dinner guest! As a member of the legume family they are highly valuable due to their excellent protein content. It’s due to their wonderful protein that they are sometimes called “the chicken of the vegetable kingdom”!

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The high proportion of essential amino acids in chickpeas together with with five percent fat makes them highly nutritious. Their are rich in potassium and magnesium (great for heart and muscle health), phosphorus and calcium (valuable for bone health) and iron. In addition, chickpeas contain vitamins A and B as well as traces of vitamin C and E.

Chickpeas are not only fabulous in stews or curries – they are also a delicious substitute for snacking especially when you might be tempted to look for a sweet or two. Here’s a quick snack-tip: Drain a can of chickpeas (check that the can only has water and salt and no added sugar). Distribute on kitchen towel to allow to dry. Gently fry, the dried chickpeas in a dry non-stick pan. Delicious!

Almonds – A Power House

Almonds are so much more than just a snack or baking ingredient – of course our Metabolic Balancers have known this for a long time. The tasty nuts are rich in protein, minerals and B vitamins. They protect against cardiovascular diseases and, according to some studies, even prevent diabetes. Their cholesterol-lowering effect is also well researched and documented. Thus, we can say, eating these tasty nuts regularly is one of your go-to foods. However, it is important to soak them for a few hours beforehand – preferably overnight. This reduces inhibitors and enables your digestion to break down and absorb nutrients much easier and better. By doing so, almonds are even tastier!

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Check out our Mandelade-Recipes (Almond-SunflowerSeed-Mix) on our Recipe Blog or watch this video!

5 Tips to Enjoy Your Ice Cream Mindfully

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  1. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better. An organic ice cream is usually more expensive, but for a taste experience without additives, it is worth spending a few cents more.
  1. Information on high-quality processing can also be found in phrases such as “without coloring, additives and flavorings” or “only natural ingredients”.
  1. No plastic spoons and cups! Under the “Clean Metabolic” aspect of waste prevention, waffles are a clean alternative, especially if they are baked with only a few natural ingredients. 
  1. When ordering an ice-cream sundae, ask for dairy-based whipped cream instead of ready-made cream (canned ready-whip or similar). If you can get only the latter it would be better to avoid it. 
  1. To be really sure, just make your own ice cream. Simply puree frozen fruits with yogurt or milk (depending on your plan, from Phase 3 you could also try with coconut milk) and enjoy!

Metabolic Balance Ice Cream

How do you actually make metabolically balanced ice cream from scratch? It’s quite easy: For a homemade ice cream, puree a portion of deep-frozen fruit with a hand blender or mixer. You can either freeze a serving of fresh fruit or buy frozen fruit. Optionally, you can add different herbs and spices later or when blending. If you eat cream cheese (as the protein portion) with your meal, you can add part of your cream cheese serving to the ice cream. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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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.

Healthy Treats for the Holidays

After yesterday’s Post about the benefits of eating an apple a day, which is a fundamental strategy for well-being and a stable in our metabolic balance method, let us look into healthy treats for the Holiday Season.

Without a doubt most of us have a sweet toDSC_0309oth and it is just tradition to have yummy sweets during the Holiday Season. How about preparing some healthy treats with friends, your kids and your family.

Interesting enough, those home made goodies are culinary delights that keeps the sweet tooth satisfied longer and without and doubt taste better.

Try our healthy Holiday Treats with Dates, you will find three different recipes:
Cinnamon-Almond-Date-Treat (Zimt–Mandel-Dattel-Baellchen), Chocolate Mounts (Schokoladen-Berge) and Date-Cashew-Confectionary (Dattel-Cashew-Konfekt).