Countdown to 2020

Once again, the countdown has begun to welcome the New Year. The champagne corks are ready to be popped, and around the world friends and families get together to welcome the new year – and new beginnings . It’s especially exciting as we welcome a whole new decade! We wish you all a wonderfully Happy New Year and would like to thank you for your support sharing our posts, likes and comments in the past year:  You’re fantastic!

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p.s.: Since we love our pets and wildlife – and know how scared they are of the loud noises of fireworks – we are glad that our picture is mute. Please consider people as well as animals who are scared.

“What did you get?” – is probably THE most common question during the Christmas holidays. We ask a different question though: “What did you eat?”  

In all honesty, all the team members at Metabolic Balance have very much enjoyed our Christmas meals during the holidays. We naturally followed most of the Metabolic Balance rules, but the kitchen scales stayed in the cupboard and we didn’t really stick to rule 5 and instead mixed our proteins. If you did the same then don’t worry – all is good! We’ll get back to our plans after New Year. Who’s joining us?

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Cardamom – a Precious Spice!

Its fragrance is without doubt a wonderful addition during the Holiday Season. Let us give you a few facts on this fabulous spice!

Green cardamom belongs to the ginger family and it originates from South India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The plant is a reed-like shrub that can grow up to three metes (9′) high and it forms greenish-yellow seed pods on its branches. The pods have three compartments, with each one containing four to eight seeds that simply smell delicious. In the Middle Ages cardamom was known as a genuine treasure and today it is still one of the most expensive spices in the world after saffron and vanilla. The cardamom seeds are a popular coffee spice in Arabia and they also give curry and Asian dishes a special touch. You can either lightly squish the cardamom capsules and let them naturally enhance your dish or you can crush the pods to release the seeds, which can be ground into a powder using a mortar and pestle. Which ever way you add them though, you can be sure of a delicious dish.

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Joyous 4th Advent!

Have a joyous 4th Advent. With all the candles now shining brightly, there are only a few days left until Christmas. How will you enjoy the last Sunday in Advent? Do you have the opportunity to stroll through the Christmas market? Or do you prefer to chill out with a cup of tea on the sofa? No matter what you’re doing today – we wish you and your loved ones joy, love and peace for this Christmas Season!

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Perfect for the Holiday Season: Venison with Red Cabbage

Ingredients:
1 serving venison fillet
red cabbage
Spices: ½ TBsp olive oil, cinnamon, salt, ground pepper, balsamic vinegar, 1 bay leaf, 2 juniper berries.

Preparation:
Wash the venison fillet, dry with kitchen towel and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat a pan without fat and place the venison fillet in the pan, when slightly browned turn and fry for 2 minutes. Then place in the oven for about 20 minutes at 100°C (215°F), keep warm and allow to rest.
Clean the red cabbage and cut into fine stripes. Sauté the red cabbage in olive oil, season to taste (cinnamon, salt, pepper, juniper berries, bay leaf) and deglaze with a splash of balsamic vinegar. Add some water and simmer gently.
Serve the venison with the red cabbage, drizzle the liquid from cooking the red cabbage over the food on the plate. Enjoy!

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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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