Stuffed Vegetables

Today we have another sweet and savory dish which is combining vegetables and apple sauce. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients: 
1 serving of yellow lentils 
1 apple, diced
1 serving of vegetables (zucchini, leek, shallots) 
1 Tbsp. oil
Vegetable Broth
Balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp. chopped parsley
Curry powder
Cinnamon
Cumin
Nutmeg
Salt and pepper

Preparation:

Wash the apple, remove the core and dice. Cook zucchini in salted water. Cook the apple and shallot in oil, season with cinnamon, cumin and add vegetable stock. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes and then puree until smooth. Wash the lentils and then cook for 10 minutes. Cut leeks into strips and add them to the lentils. Cook for another 8 minutes and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, vegetable stock and some vinegar. Drain the zucchini, cut in half, scoop out the middle with a spoon, fill with the lentil mixture and drizzle with the apple sauce. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!

Loving Yourself

This is about recognizing how important you are. How fabulous your body is. How vital it is to respect yourself and be kind and loving to yourself. It’s a sad fact that many look outside for a fix to their problems whether that’s thinking if only I had this I’d be happy, if only I looked like that I’d be successful, if only there was a quick fix I’d be well. We say, start with kindness to yourself. Start with loving words and stop the criticism. Then start with your food. Eat to nourish yourself in the right way. After 20+ years of helping people know their foods, we’ve seen some wonderful transformations for a life long love affair of health and wellbeing. And it’s never ever too early or too late to start loving yourself in the right way with nutritious and delicious food. Love yourself enough to cook yourself a meal of fresh food perfect for you. It really can be that simple.

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Just For You!

Do you have specific food preferences? We are happy to take them into consideration. Our highly individualized Metabolic Balance nutrition plan is not only based on 36 blood values, but it also considers your personal preferences. The plan should not only work, it should also be delicious for you!

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Health and Happiness

Did you know that health and happiness are best friends? Where one goes the other always follows! They’re often described as being separate but if you think about it, health and happiness really love to hang out together. This probably has to do with the fact that how we feel physically and how we feel emotionally really can’t be separated. It is generally recognized, for example, that someone who feels happy and has joy in their lives is less likely to become ill at the “organ of joy”, the heart. Similarly, when we’re feeling down, we often become more susceptible to becoming ill. One of the real keys to personal health and happiness is a healthy diet that is right for you. In the Metabolic Balance study, Metabolic Balance was proven to improve quality of life which naturally leads to boosting health and happiness. We truly believe health is the real wealth in life.

Focus on Your Body

The Metabolic Balance program is designed to focus on foods that provide most of the necessary nutrients your body needs.
Metabolic Balance believes that every person can produce the hormones and enzymes required for metabolism when they supply their body with the essential building blocks—carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins, and minerals, as well as secondary plant substances. With a balanced metabolism, everyone can listen to and trust their inner signals again. This means the body informs us which nutrients it needs to maintain metabolism by developing “cravings” for certain nutrient-rich foods that benefit the body. The Metabolic Balance meal plan is created on the basis of blood values (36 parameters) and personal information (i.e. medication, allergies, etc.). For this purpose, all blood values with their reference ranges from… to were entered into a computer program and out comes important information. Basically, you learn which nutrients are beneficial to improve. In addition, all common foods with all their nutrients, based on the Federal Food Code (BLS), which is reissued every three to five years, are integrated into the program. The nutrients in the food are distributed differently and therefore, the foods selected for the participant will best meet their nutritional needs. At the beginning of the Metabolic Balance meal plan, it is so important that the participants choose from their personal food list that contains a diverse and varied selection. To learn more about how this program can help improve your health visit our website!

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Chai Apple Smoothie

This smoothie recipe is packed full of flavor and delicious spices, and an absolute treat!

Ingredients:
Mandelade (presoaked – 30g almonds and 20g of sunflower seeds)
1 apple (cored and sliced)
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/.2 cu (125 mL) cold water
Ice cubes
Fresh ginger
Spices – cloves, cinnamon, turmeric, cardamom

Preparation:
Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender. Blend all together until smooth. Enjoy!

Credit: Metabolic Balance Canada and Mary Choi

Celery Root

Celery develops from a round root (also called celeriac) that can have a diameter of up to 8 inches and is often an overlooked ingredient. Celery root can be used as a soup or stew vegetable or as a roasted root vegetable. It can also be boiled and blended into a silky puree as a side dish. In addition to being delicious, it contains vitamins A and K, sodium and potassium, as well as calcium, soluble fiber and vitamin C. Celery root stimulates saliva and bile flow, has a strong diuretic and alkaline effect, i.e. it helps to neutralize excess acid. This is another great vegetable to incorporate into a weekly meal plan!

Heart Health

Globally heart disease accounts for almost one third of deaths every year. Heart health is impacted by a variety of factors including diet, exercise, and lifestyle. In regards to diet, is important to eat foods high in fiber and antioxidants. Fiber which can’t be digested by human enzymes, is broken down by enzymes produced by our gut microbiota. It can bind cholesterol and fats, preventing their absorption, thereby lowering the risk for heart disease. Antioxidants work similarly by preventing free radicals from damaging blood vessels. Eating foods high in fiber and antioxidants is one way to keep your heart healthy. For a list of heart healthy foods check out the infographic below!

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My Heart Healthy Plate - vegetables, protein, whole grains and fruit