Culinary and Glamorous: these Stuffed Artichokes are a Real Treat

MB 09-09-2019
Ingredients:
1 serving cooked ham
1 serving vegetables (artichokes and mushrooms)
1 lemon
spices & herbs: salt, freshly ground pepper, freshly chopped parsley
olive oil or coconut oil

Preparation:
Remove the scale-like leaves from the artichoke and break off the stalk. This requires a little effort, but please do not cut it off, as the inedible fibers will be removed from the bottom by the breaking (it’s also called “hay”). Cut off the upper first third and remove the middle leaves, now you can remove the inedible “hay” (with small artichokes you have very little of it).  Place the cleaned artichokes immediately in lemon water.
Cut ham and mushrooms into small cubes and sauté in oil, season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan, add parsley, fill artichokes and place in a pot with some oil. Cover and cook at low heat for about 35-45 minutes, pour some water over the filling from time to time to prevent it from drying out.

Enjoy your meal!

Born to be an All-Round Star

MB 09-08-2019

Green cabbage is now available all year round. Particularly in the winter months it is a real blessing for your health with its valuable nutrients. And in summer it cuts a good figure. Whether spherical or longish – the robust vegetable that drives its stalk deep into the soil is particularly rich in folic acid and vitamin C. While many vegetables lose vitamin C during cooking, this doesn’t happen with green cabbage! This is because it also contains a lot of ascorbigen, a precursor of vitamin C. It is only converted to vitamin C during cooking. In addition, it supplies an excellent amount potassium for heart health, calcium for the bones and iron for the blood. And it’s doing all this while being low in calories and rich in fiber! 

Kohlrabi Viennese Style: Today We Enjoy a Metabolic Schnitzel 

MB 09-07-2019

Ingredients:
1 serving Kohlrabi (turnip cabbage)
Spices: salt, pepper, a dash of nutmeg
1 serving rye crisp bread
1 serving egg(s)

Preparation:
Wash, clean and slice the Kohlrabi (turnip cabbage). Blanch in boiling salt water, remove, drain and season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
Grind the crispbread with a hand blender or kitchen aid to flour and whisk the egg. Season the Kohlrabi slices, cover with egg and rye crisp bread and fry on both sides.
Whisk the remaining egg, salt, pepper and fry to scrambled eggs.

Enjoy your meal! 

Regulate Your Acid-Alkaline Balance!

MB 09-06-2019

Did you know how important our acid-alkaline balance (ph-balance) is for our metabolism? Our western diet (often with too little fresh food, too much coffee and alcohol) and lifestyle (too little exercise) is generally very acidic. If the equilibrium of the acid-alkaline balance is too acidic then our metabolism also goes out of balance. An over-acidified metabolism breaks down less fat, is much slower and draws valuable minerals from bones and cartilage to neutralize acids. This can accelerate degenerative joint diseases such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis. We cannot assess from the flavor of foods which foods are acidic for the body. For example, lemon, which is sour, has a nice alkalizing effect on the body, whereas chocolate, which is sweet, has an acidic effect. 

If you want to know if your body is too acidic, you can buy urine test strips at the pharmacy and simply test your acid-base levels daily. These may be ideal to check in which state your acid-alkaline balance before and while on your personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan. You can also support your body with regular alkaline baths and alkaline body-lotions and creams.

Born to be a Cardio Star – Brussels Sprouts!

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Brussels Sprouts: so often not the most popular in the room, but its taste is far better than its reputation. 

The florets are walnut-sized and light to dark green. Like green cabbage, Brussels sprouts taste best harvested after the first frost when their sugar content reduces their strong taste and makes their cell structure softer. Brussels sprouts are usually eaten cooked as a side dish, but they can also be added to casseroles and soups, baked in the oven or cut very thinly and lightly sautéed or even eaten raw. Brussels sprouts have a valuable 4.7% of plant protein with amino acids that the body can utilize well. It is also an excellent source of vitamin C in winter and also contains many nutrients, namely vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, iron, potassium and plenty of fiber. Brussels sprouts are used in traditional folk medicine to reduce both conditions of muscle weakness and tension, they can assist weight loss, improve constipation and acidosis and prevent atherosclerosis.  They also have an impressive amount of a well recognized anti-cancer plant chemical, glucosinolate (237 mg per 100 g of vegetables). Thus, Brussels sprouts are a star in cancer prevention too! This is a real star among vegetables!

30 Reasons for Healthy Nutrition: Short-Term Benefits

MB 09-05-2019

With the Metabolic Balance® nutrition program, there is no need to invest in any other diet or weight loss program hoping to achieve long-term weight loss or health improvements. From now on, unnecessary expenses, disappointments, frustration and the dreaded yo-yo effect will be a thing of the past.

Contact one of our certified Metabolic Balance Coaches to discuss the New You and your Feel-Good-Weight!

Fruity Oyster Mushrooms with Rye Bread Cubes

Feel like having mushrooms today? So there’s this fruity mushroom salad with bread cubes:
MB 09-04-2019

If you’d like to prepare it, you need the following ingredients:
1 serving oyster mushrooms
1 serving lettuce, any kind that’s on your plan
1 serving papaya
1 tsp of apple cider or balsamic vinegar
spices: salt, pepper, garlic
wholemeal rye bread

Preparation:
Clean, wash and dry lettuce. Peel the garlic and chop finely. Slice mushrooms according to size. Peel the papaya, remove the seeds with a spoon. Cut the fruit into slightly larger cubes. Heat a pan and sauté the mushrooms and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Arrange the mushrooms, lettuce and papaya cubes on a plate, sprinkle with vinegar, salt and pepper lightly. Cut the bread into cubes, season and roast in a coated pan and arrange on top of the salad. Enjoy your meal!

Shooting Star Argan Oil

Mb 09-03-2019
It comes from Morocco and has a pleasantly nutty taste.
Caution! Argan oil contains an extremely high amount of omega-6 fatty acid, which – consumed in large quantities – is suspected to trigger inflammatory processes in the body.  Therefore, Argan oil is not recommended to use in the kitchen by Metabolic Balance. In cosmetics, on the other hand, it is very recommendable and beneficial.

Mozzarella Calabrese

There are alternatives to tomatoes. Mozzarella Calabrese also tastes wonderful with fresh spinach!

MB 09-02-2019
Ingredients:
1 serving vegetables (spinach, 1 tomato)
1 serving mozzarella
Spices: sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, nutmeg, garlic (1 clove),
1 serving whole grain rye bread

Preparation:
Wash, clean and coarsely chop the spinach; then fry (with oil or a little water depending on the phase you are following).  Wash the tomato, remove the stalk, cut into cubes and add to the spinach. Peel the garlic and chop finely. Season with salt, pepper, nutmeg and garlic. Cut the mozzarella into small pieces, put aside some of it (protein “appetizer”) and add the rest to the mixture. Serve exclusively with roasted whole grain rye bread.

Tip: Mozzarella can be replaced by cream cheese. Vegetables can be exchanged to any suggestions in your plan.

Enjoy your meal!

Born to be a Wonder Weapon: Yam

MB 09-01-2019

Have you tried yam root, which originates from North America and Mexico?  Not yet? Then you have to make up for it, because this special root is a real fountain of youth! The special power contained within the yam root has a name: Diosgenin. This substance has a structure very similar to progesterone and is the starting point for the production of our endogenous DHEA for the adrenal or stress glands. Endogenous, by the way, means what we make ourselves rather than what we get from our food. DHEA plays an important part of slowing down the aging process and helps our cells to stay young longer. DHEA also helps to prevent cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes and osteoporosis. It stabilizes cholesterol levels and helps improve poor memory.

That’s why yam should be on our plates more often. It’s very easy to prepare and is very versatile. The roots can be cooked like potatoes, fried, mashed and served in soups and stews. Thus, remember to put yam on your next shopping list and enjoy all these wonderful benefits!