Wonderful Wild Garlic

Worth Knowing:
In the past several years, wild garlic has become increasingly popular again. Not only does this vegetable have a great flavor but it is also has a plethora of preventative properties.

Its long-stemmed young leaves are harvested between March and May and can be used in various culinary treats. As aromatic as garlic, wild garlic has a decisive advantage over its fragrance-intensive relative. Unlike “normal” bulb garlic, wild garlic isn’t quite as pungent and can therefore be consumed without worrying about who you are chatting with afterwards!

The delicate greens of wild garlic also have amazing health benefits. When eaten regularly this plant can:

  • have cleansing and detoxifying effects
  • help restore the balance of healthy gut bacteria and protect against Candida albicans infections
  • ease digestive issues such as diarrhea and constipation
  • improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • support cardiovascular health and protect against arteriosclerosis
  • help with skin and hair problems

Try this delicious and nutritious vegetable in a salsa verde, pasta dish, or soup!

If you are interested in learning more explore the links below!

Beans – Vegetables, or Protein?

In the case of beans, Metabolic Balance distinguishes between those which belong to the vegetable group and those which belong to the protein group:

Beans, which are considered a source of protein, are legumes (white beans, pinto beans, cannellini beans red kidney beans, lima beans, adzuki beans, black-eyed beans, etc. ). Beans that are classified as vegetables are green beans (string/green beans, French beans or Chinese long beans). There are also new varieties, such as yellow beans, which may also be used. The amount in the nutrition plan always refers to dry AKA uncooked weight. If using already cooked or pre-soaked protein beans, the indicated amount should be simply doubled.

Did You Know that Poor Nutrition Can Promote Inflammation?

Poor nutrition is a major cause of chronic inflammation, stated in numerous recent studies. In particular, it’s increasingly apparent that many conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and rheumatism are more closely related to inflammation than it was discussed only a few years ago. A major cause of inflammatory processes in the body is a poor diet or malnutrition. A diet rich in ‘bad’ fats such as saturated fats and trans fats and high in simple sugars (basically the average western diet) is increasingly shown to promote chronic inflammation. This is in direct contrast to fiber, antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, healthy fats in fish and nuts plus beneficial oils, such as olive oil, which all have a natural anti-inflammatory effect. These recommendations correlate with Metabolic Balance and why reducing inflammation is one of the key benefits experienced by many of our clients.

Find a certified Metabolic Balance Coach to create a nutrition plan that will show your anti-inflammatory foods in a tailor-made meal plan!

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Parsnip – a True Fall Vegetable

Fall is parsnip time. Enjoy this delicious root vegetable in a yogurt soup!

MB 10-24 pastinake Ingredients for 1 serving:
1 serving yogurt
1 serving vegetables (parsnip, leek)
5 cm (2″) ginger
300 ml vegetable stock
Spices: salt, pepper, sweet paprika powder, a little oil

Preparation: wash and clean the vegetables and cut them into rough pieces. Brown the leek and the chopped ginger in oil and add the parsnips. Sauté everything for about 5 minutes, deglaze with broth and simmer for 10 minutes. Then season to taste and puree in a blender. Put approx. 2 TBsp. of yogurt aside (for your protein bite) and stir the rest into the soup. Finally season to taste and before serving season the remaining yogurt with paprika and garnish the soup with it.
Enjoy!

Health Starts in the Kitchen

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Healthy food and lifestyle is the most essential step to being healthy. A Metabolic Balance nutrition plan helps you to take this important step. Eating in line with Metabolic Balance means supplying your body with exactly the right nutrients in the right quantities. The result of this way of life is something to be proud of! Hundreds of thousands of satisfied clients agree: Metabolic Balance makes you healthier!

Find a local Metabolic Balance Coach to get Your Tailor-Made Nutrition Plan and improve your food intake and lifestyle!

Walnuts – Nutritious Power-House

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Did you know that walnuts are a real power food?  They have a healthy fat content of approx 50% and the calorific value of 100g walnuts is over 2,700 kJ. The content of the essential fat alpha-linolenic acid (an omega-3 fat) is especially high. We call a fat “essential” as it’s one that our bodies can’t produce naturally and therefore must come from our food. Essential fats are known to offer a whole range of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. They keep the heart healthy by helping the blood vessels be flexible, prevent arteriosclerosis and have a positive influence on cholesterol levels.  

Walnuts are very rich in protein and therefore particularly valuable for vegetarians. A handful of walnuts (about 43g) provides 8g of vegetable proteins. They are also among the richest sources of antioxidants that help protect against cancer. They are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, pantothenic acid and important minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and calcium. Walnuts also boost digestion, as they are very rich in fiber.

Nutrient-Packed Celery Root

Did you know that celery root is packed with great nutrients? Also known as celeriac, German Celery or knob celery is a fabulous autumn vegetable. It has a high proportion of essential oils, which give celeriac it’s distinct aroma. Celeriac has a high content of potassium, calcium, iron and phosphorus. In addition, B complex vitamins and vitamins C, E and A make it particularly valuable from a nutritional point of view. 

Continue to put celery root on your menu. It can be enjoyed in soups, stews, fried as pancake or raw in salads; it’s great as a side dish, mashed or pureed.

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Do you know that Pumpkin Seeds are a Sleep Aid?

Many have the “Seed Mix”, which is pumpkin and sunflower seeds, as a breakfast in their Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan. Ever wondered how many benefits pumpkin seeds actually have? See in the following infographic [source]:

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Safflower Oil – yay or nay?

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Safflower oil does not have an exceptionally good composition of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. It can therefore be used during the Metabolic Balance nutrition program, but is not one of the most recommended oils. Pay attention to quality here as well. Please never heat safflower oil.

Tomatoes – what makes them special at Metabolic Balance

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Many Metabolic Balance clients have little or no tomato listed on their personal nutrition plans.  There are a few different reasons why this might be the case. First, tomatoes naturally contain glutamate and other fruit acids which have an appetizing effect. Secondly, tomatoes contain oxalic acid (similar to rhubarb, beetroot and spinach). This is known to bind to calcium, and thus, it reduces the availability of calcium for absorption and hence for the body to use. People suffering from gout, rheumatism and with histamine intolerance are advised to avoid tomatoes, or at least eat them only occasionally.