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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.

Photo: Unsplash

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!

Best Fruits for Your Body

Summer is a season filled with plenty of ripe and delicious fruit. With so many to choose from you might be wondering, “What fruit is best?”

Although most fruits contain many nutrients, some are better than others. For example, apple have more than thirty minerals, trace elements, vitamins and secondary plant substances. However, berries also contain a lot of valuable nutrients. Tropical fruits score points with their enzymes, which have a positively influence on the metabolism. Bananas, figs, or dates are sometimes referred to as “thickeners”. Compared to other fruits, their glucose content is significantly higher, and their effect on blood sugar levels and insulin secretion is correspondingly higher.
While on Metabolic Balance make sure that different varieties of fruit are not mixed together as the sum of the sugar content can be too much. So enjoy fruit better individually!

Summer DIY Remedies

One of the greatest things about summer is being able to spend time outside in nature. An unfortunate downside is that stings, bites, rashes, and sunburn are all common occurrences when outside. Today we wanted to share with you a few holistic ways to treat sunburn, stings, and bites.

  • Many herbs and plants such as basil and chamomile are great remedies for treating mosquito bites.
  • A great way to treat bee stings is by making a paste with baking soda and applying this directly to the sting.
  • For sunburns try using lavender essential oil to soothe the skin and speed up recovery.

    For more tips check out the infographic below!

    Infographic: DailyInfographic