We know you know red radishes and maybe white radishes but now is the time to hunt down some purple or black radishes at your local farmer’s market or health food store so that you can add a bit of pizzazz to your meals.
Whatever color radish you decide to buy, you can eat them raw, cooked or pickled. It is suggested you eat them raw to get the most nutritional value from the radish but raw radishes can be a little strong so adding them to a soup broth or simmering them until cooked will make them milder.
Why eat a Radish?
Instructions for grilled avocado slices:
Instructions for grilled Avocado halves:
Instructions for Salsa:
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a hand blender. Pulse a few times to add a juice to the salsa but avoid over mixing and making a sauce. Salsa is chunky so avoid over blending.
After you have mixed the ingredients, add seasoning to taste and then let it sit for a few hours so the flavours can combine.
NOTE: You can decide to add an egg or other protein to your avocado meal. We talked before about eggs in an avocado which makes a filling meal. This recipe would also work really well with Chickpea chips.
metabolic balance Coach Myra Nissen has been blogging on Livecleanmb. I thought you might enjoy this post by Myra about Pumkin seeds.
When some folks see “seed mix” as a breakfast on their plan, they think, “What is this? Bird food?” Some find it tough to get used to while other Metabolic balancers love the option.
The most common species of pumpkin used as a source of pumpkin seeds are Cucurbita pepo, Cucurbita maxima, Cucurbita moschata, and Cucurbita mixta.
Dr. Wolf has told us that pumpkin seeds have a strong therapeutic effect. Containing almost 50% fatty acids, minerals and trace elements such as manganese, zinc, copper and selenium. Pumpkin seeds contain a diverse mixture of antioxidants that may provide them with antioxidant-related properties not widely found in other foods.
Pumpkin seeds also contain phytosterols which have a good effect on the bladder and prostate.
Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil have long been valued for their anti-microbial benefits, including their anti-fungal…
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Over the weekend, we found a video of a vegan cooking challenge and one of the recipes was metabolic balance plan friendly so we decided to share it and omit the ingredients that would throw you off plan.
Place all the tomatoes and garlic on a roasting tray and drizzle a bit of olive oil over the pan Add salt and pepper and mix ingredients until covered with oil and seasoning. Roast for approximately 30 minutes.
Remove the tomatoes from the oven and place half of the tomatoes into a bowl (without the garlic just tomatoes.) Blend. Add porcini mushrooms and basil. Blend ingredients until smooth.
Peel a butternut squash and split/slice it in the middle. Remove seeds. Cut halves into half and place the sections on a spiraliser. Saute the “noodles” in a pan with a bit of olive oil. Add the tomato sauce and mix until the noodles are softened.
Place the noodle mixture on a plate and add remaining tomatoes. Add rye croutons if desired.
Note: There is no protein in this meal. If you would like, you may add a nut, a meat or a favourite cheese from your plan. Or, if you want to be very European, have a cheese with your fruit for dessert and skip the protein in the main meal.
PS. Spiralizers look like this. If you do not have one, use a food processor or julienne peeler.
The goal of metabolic balance is to eat what makes sense for your body and your life, which means you need to learn to incorporate treat meals into your life because life doesn’t always go as planned.
For metabolic balance, a treat meal is a meal that is off your metabolic balance plan. As you progress through the metabolic balance program, more foods will be included in your plan and you may find yourself not using treat meals on a regular basis. Until that day arrives, you will find treat meals very useful for staying on track and on plan.
Planning a Treat Meal
The best way to begin planning for treat meals is to have a chat with your metabolic balance coach. You and your coach will build a general treat meal strategy for your treat meals. If you have been seeing a coach for awhile, your coach will know your struggle areas and help you build a strategy to deal with treat meals, celebration and events including food.
With your coach, you can pre plan your treat meal by reviewing the menu and making your food choices in advance. By being prepared, you can control how far off program you go during the meal and change your eating for that day so that you stay as close to your plan as you can.
For example, if you are going to a restaurant but have not seen the menu, metabolic balance suggests eating proteins that you wouldn’t eat at a restaurant such as eggs or goat cheese. Making this kind of choice allows you more flexibility when you’re reviewing the menu and reduces your stress about eating a treat meal.
Your Treat Meal
As always, metabolic balance encourages you to start your meal with a protein. Because you are outside your normal environment, you may not be served a protein first so make sure you are carrying a pouch of seeds in your purse. Don’t bring more than a handful of seeds with you so that you are not overeating. You just want to make sure that the first thing in your stomach is a protein especially if you are planning to drink a glass of wine. or another type of alcoholic beverage.
Once you have eating your protein, follow these metabolic balance tips:
After you are finished with your treat meal, take a moment to savor the memory of the evening and then make the intention to begin your metabolic balance plan the next morning by setting out what you plan to eat for breakfast. If you have issues that may crop up, discuss this with your metabolic balance coach and develop a positive after treat meal routine that you can follow.
Good luck with your treat meals and we look forward to sharing more recipes like Mondays Endive Soup recipe that lets you eat what makes sense and stay on plan.
The original recipe calls for smoked eel. I’m not sure how readily available smoke eel is in your neighborhood you can order smoked eel online or use the alternate recipe I found on Immigrant’s table, where she added mushrooms to the soup.
Cut Belgian Endive into fine strips.
If you want, you can substitute endive for Belgian endive. They are slightly different but will both work for this recipe.
Sad Desk Lunch (SDL) is a new term to describe the 65 percent of the workforce that eat lunch at their desks hoping to be more productive. (Prevention) Even though recent studies have shown that communal eating helps increase productivity and social bonding between employees many employees feel that skipping lunch shows they are more productive and dedicated to their work.
Here is the link to the Cornell summary which talkes about why groups that eat together perform better together. There are some downfalls to eating together but the positive aspects out way the negative. (Harvard Business Review.)
If you are self-employed or work in a small office where it isn’t possible to eat lunch with other people, there are several apps which will help you find people to share an afternoon meal.
The App LetsLunch taps into your Linkedin Profile to set up lunch meetings with people in your Linkedin network.
or Never Eat Alone, which helps co-workers find each other for an internal lunch partner.
For a little bit of fun, watch these kids deal with lunches from past generations:
My favourite quote is “Thank you for the effort.” Wouldn’t you love people to say that to you after you have created them a wonderful lunch or, have reached out to them to have lunch?
Do you struggle with how to take your lunch to work? Maybe if you have a really cool lunchbox or lunchbag, you will enjoy packing your metabolic balance meal to go. Here are a few new options for packing your second meal of the day.
Neoprene Lunch bags by Built NY – Lunchbags designed in NYC – The bags come in several colourful designs and are under 30 dollars.
Vera Bradely Lunch Bunch Bag which you can purchase online for under 40 Dollars.
Have a long way to go and want to keep your lunch cool? Try using this Pack It lunch Box which costs less than 20 Dollars and you can freeze.
Or, go a bit exotic with a more traditional Bento Kyoto
If you are a DIY kind of metabolic balancer, here are a few tutorials on how to make your own lunchbox/bag at home.