Tzatziki

Tzatziki is a creamy and light sauce that is a perfect dip for crisp, crunchy vegetables or delicious pita. Give this recipe a try!

Ingredients:
3/4 cup of Greek yogurt
1 grated cucumber (about 1 cup)
1/2 garlic clove
Lemon juice
2 tablespoons of fresh mint and dill
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Place the grated cucumber in a dish cloth and squeeze out all of the excess water. Then place in a bowl and add in the yogurt, garlic, lemon juice, and herbs. Season with salt and pepper and place in the fridge. Allow the flavors to mix for a few hours and then enjoy!




Metabolic Balance and Vacation

The Metabolic Balance nutrition plan under the microscope – can I eat according to it even on vacation?

Yes! With a nutrition plan according to Metabolic Balance, you can eat healthy while still enjoying your vacation. Mediterranean cuisine in particular, with its high-quality oils, freshly caught fish, lots of grilled food and delicious vegetables, is perfect for the Metabolic Balance nutrition plan. Other vacation destinations also have wonderful and healthy culinary delights in store. If you have an apartment with a kitchen on your travels, it’s very easy to eat according to plan. If you stay in a hotel, you have to be a little bit more flexible. But this is also quite easy. After a certain period following the plan, participants already have a feeling for the quantities and foods they should eat. After all, Metabolic Balance is not a diet, but a way of eating for a lifetime. For guidance or tips reach out to your coach or connect with members of our Facebook group.

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combining pasta, sparkling wine and chocolate correctly!

Who doesn’t like to indulge oneself with a piece of chocolate, delicious pasta or a glass of wine on weekends or on vacation? Even while you are following our Metabolic Balance nutrition plan, small treats are allowed from time to time. True to the motto “the dose makes the poison”, participants can have a Treat Meal from time to time after the 14 days of the strict phase of the Metabolic Balance nutrition plan.

We put together a list of tips to keep in mind and how best to combine the most popular treats to minimize their stress on the body.

Chocolate is best eaten in combination with nuts. Why?

It is best to consume chocolate with a cocoa content as high as possible. It is rich in antioxidants and usually has significantly less sugar than conventional milk chocolate. But sometimes, far from any reason, the body demands the sweet milk chocolate. In order to metabolize carbohydrates such as the abundant sugar they contain, the body needs B-vitamins, which milk chocolate naturally does not provide. Nuts, on the other hand, are rich in these B-vitamins and provide precisely the nutrients needed to break down sugar. Thus, if it has to be milk chocolate, then preferably the one with nuts!

Enjoy prosecco with orange juice. Why?

The consumption of alcohol deprives the body of vitamins during the breakdown. Thus, it is best to drink some orange juice when you consume alcohol. The vitamin C contained in the juice not only helps metabolize the alcohol, but also helps the body to regenerate.

Eat pasta and co. with high-quality oils! Why?

Starchy foods with short-chain carbohydrates such as wheat pasta, rice, white bread or potatoes are best enjoyed in combination with high-quality oils (e.g., olive oil) or fats (butter). The fat surrounds the starch, i.e. the body needs more time to reach the starch and break it down into individual glucose building blocks, since the fat has to be processed first. The result – glucose enters the blood much slower, the blood sugar rises more slowly and this in turn leads to fewer cravings as well as a long-lasting fullness.

Healthy Grilling

Get the tongs ready – steady – go! Check out the tips below for making grilling healthy and fun!

  • Use only charcoal without harmful residues. The same applies to barbecue lighting aids.
  • Caution. If fat or oily marinade drips down, smoke is produced that contains highly toxic substances that are considered carcinogenic. 
  • The easiest way to prevent fat and liquid from running into the embers is to use aluminum foil on the grill grid.
  • Smoked or cured meat should not be grilled: It contains nitrite salts, which produce nitrosamines in the food at high heat. These are also said to be carcinogenic.

Happy Grilling!

Carotenoids

Is it true that a nutrition rich in carotenoids can provide sun-protected skin?  The answer is: Yes, to some extent you actually can!

Carotenoids can produce a sun protection factor of 2 in the skin when consumed regularly, and even a sun protection factor of 4 when combined with zinc. Nevertheless, despite a nutrition rich in carotenoids, you can’t do without additional sun protection from the outside.

Regardless of their effect protecting from sun, carotenoids are absolute superheroes: Among other things, they are antioxidants, have a positive effect on the cardiovascular system and lower blood pressure. 

So enjoy as many red, yellow and orange foods as possible and get enough carotenoids.

Sun Allergy

Most people are happy about the summer sun, which is currently inspiring our minds. But not everyone can enjoy the hot weather. About 10 to 20 percent are affected by a so-called sun allergy.

Sun allergy sufferers place great confidence in counteracting the symptoms of allergy by calcium and vitamin D as dietary supplements. Try it in consultation with your physician if you are plagued by this annoying dermatosis.

Summer!

It’s summertime! During these months many of us enjoy the beautiful weather and spending time outside. Research from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Georgia, demonstrates that our average caloric intake decreases about 200 calories per day in the summer compared to fall and winter. That makes weight loss easier during this time around. It’s a perfect opportunity for you to make healthier choices and increase your health and wellbeing! To learn more about the Metabolic Balance program and to connect with one of our coaches visit our website: https://www.metabolic-balance.us/.

Strawberry-Banana Ice Cream

Today we have an easy and delicious ice cream recipe for you that is perfect for a hot a summer day!

Ingredients:
2-3 frozen bananas
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries
1/2 cup of milk


Preparation:

Add all the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth. Enjoy!

Tips: Feel free to substitute other berries or fruits such as pineapple or mango for the strawberries. For a thicker or thinner consistency increase or decrease the amount of milk.

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Ice Cream

With summer in full swing many of us are looking for a refreshing treat like ice cream. Today we have a few tips for healthy ice cream options so that you can stay on track while enjoying summer!

And if you want to enjoy ice cream bought in the supermarket, we have the following tips for you:

1. For a homemade ice cream, puree a portion of frozen fruits with a hand blender or mixer.

2. The shorter the list of ingredients, the better. An organic ice cream is usually more expensive, but for a taste experience without additives, it is worth spending a few cents more.

3. Information on high-quality processing can also be found in phrases such as “without colorings, additives and flavorings” or “only natural ingredients”. 

4. Avoid plastic spoons and cups as much as possible and, like this, ensure clean ice cream enjoyment!

A Healthy Summer

With the start of summer it is easy to keep your Metabolic Balance guidelines – or Strategies of Success – also during vacation times and holidays! One key is to plan ahead. Whether it is packing our own meal for a barbecue or looking at a restaurant menu make sure to have a plan to stay on track. We wish you a happy and healthy summer with Metabolic Balance!