Protein and Metabolic Balance

One of the most important Metabolic Balance rules is: “Eat only one type of protein per meal, but at each of the three meals a different source of protein. ” Often we are then asked: “How many and which types of protein are there?”
Here we have summarized our main protein groups for you:

• Meat (incl. ham, dried and smoked meat, lamb (including ostriches and wild game meat)
• Poultry (all feathered animals except ostriches)
• Fish
• Seafood
• Cow’s milk products (cheese, milk, yogurt)
• Sheep and goat’s milk products (cheese, cream, yogurt)
• Mushrooms (only oyster and shiitake mushrooms; all other mushrooms are considered as vegetables)
• Eggs
• Nuts and seeds
• Sprouts
• Legumes
• Soy and soy products (partially subdivided)

Meal Plan Flexibility

Can you find the protein component in this wonderfully colorful bowl? If you can not find it then you are correct!
One of the great things about a Metabolic Balance is that it is not restrictive. You have the freedom to choose to add whatever protein to this salad that is on your plan. For example, you can prepare a yogurt dressing, add in a few chick peas, or add some fish or meat. The only important thing is that you choose a single protein component on your plan and do not mix any proteins.
Rather than having a meal plan limit your choices, your Metabolic Balance plan will open you up to new ingredients and combinations.

Grilled Skewers with Vegetables

As the weather is getting warmer, trusty grills are getting cleaned off and ready for the summer grilling season. One of the easiest things to grill are skewers and they are perfect for any Metabolic Balance plan!

All you need are wooden skewers, your protein of choice, and a few vegetables. Soak the wooden skewers in water for an hour and cut your protein (we recommend chicken) into cubes. Marinate the protein for a few hours with spices (paprika, rosemary, or garlic work well) and a hint of oil. Cut a few vegetables (such as peppers, zucchini, onions, and mushrooms) into similar sized cubes. Then skewer your protein and vegetables in alternating order and place on the grill until cooked.

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.