Chard is great! From a biological point of view it is related to the beet family, but one main difference is that unlike red beets we don’t eat the roots. Instead we only eat the leaves and stems. Chard has a similar taste as spinach but with some spicier and nuttier undertones. There are many different varieties, but they only differ slightly in taste. In regards to its nutritional value, chard is a superstar. It is rich in protein as well as phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, iodine and vitamins B1, B2 and C. It is also recognized as a medicinal plant because of its healing effect on anxiety and constipation.
Consider trying this great vegetable as a side dish, salad, or adding it to a stir fry!
How do we get through COVID-19 (Corona Virus). Many aspects of personal hygiene and social distancing are on the forefront of our thoughts as well as are all of our (elderly) family members okay. Our next thought should be directed towards the best way to strengthen the immune system – NOW is the ideal time for Metabolic Balance. We want to encourage you to keep eating as planned. A diet according to Metabolic Balance not only provides lasting support for the immune system – our nutrition plans have also been proven to improve the quality of life. Thus, see this time of renunciation as an opportunity – experience your optimized, tailor-made nutrition plan without distractions and without social and culinary obligations. In this spirit we wish you all the best – stay healthy!
Today is World Water Day and we have a few facts about THE elixir of life – the human body consists of about 70% water and 99% of all metabolic processes take place in an aqueous environment. Thus, it is of course necessary that our body is supplied daily with the right amount of water. Healthy adults should drink at least 30 – 35 ml of water per kilogram of body weight (1 fl.oz for 2 lbs of body weight) daily. If it is difficult for you to drink “simply” water, then spice it up with mint or lemon. It is often easier to drink warm water, since it doesn’t quench your thirst. Simmer the water for 10-15 minutes – this can help in many different ways and support your well-being. Get used to carrying a water bottle with you at all times and drinking it in small sips throughout the day. This will ensure that you will be sufficiently hydrated throughout the day.
We are all in this together. Covid-19 is creating an unprecedented time right now for the whole world. With that uncertainty, comes pressures not just on our immune health to fight the virus but also pressures on our mental well-being. For immune support, essential nutrients such as vitamin C, zinc and vitamin D are our best friends. Rich sources of vitamin C are citrus fruits, berries, kiwi, green leafy veggies, broccoli and capsicum. For vitamin D it’s best to get your level tested and take a good supplement support especially given the potential home isolation which may be happening for you. For most people 2000 IU of vitamin D is an appropriate level to be taking but it’s always important to check this with your practitioner as to what’s right for you. Sources of zinc include seeds, nuts, meats, wholegrain and beans. This time is an ideal time to focus on your Metabolic Balance food list. The right proteins, vegetables, fruits and carbs for you will be the best way to nourish your body for the best immune health overall and neurotransmitter balance – these are the chemical messengers in the brain that keep our emotions in the best place. Remember, while you may need to isolate yourself physically from others, we need to ensure we don’t isolate emotionally and mentally. Check in with friends, family, neighbors, work colleagues regularly by phone, text, e-mail etc. Aim to have at least one virtual social interaction of some sort every day. Connection is vital to our health and well-being.
Today we have a delicious spring inspired dish: a fresh carpaccio of tomato, egg and avocado.
Ingredients (1 serving): ¼ teaspoon black sesame seeds 1 tomato 1 serving avocado 1 serving hard boiled eggs Salad (arugula, spinach and stinging nettle) fresh herbs apple cider vinegar oil salt pepper
Preparation: Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan and set aside. Wash the tomato and peel the boiled eggs. Wash the salad of arugula, spinach and stinging nettle and cut into bite-sized pieces. Mix the dressing using 1 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp. fresh herbs, salt and pepper. Pit and peel the avocado and then cut into thin slices along with the eggs and tomato. Arrange the slices in a circle on a plate, alternating between avocado, tomato, and egg and season with herb salt and sesame seeds. Place the salad in the middle and serve immediately with the dressing.
This vegetable stir fry is a perfect dish for spring and is suitable for phase 2 with oil.
Ingredients: 1 serving vegetables (we like cauliflower and carrots) 1 serving yogurt 1 serving chopped fruit 1 TBsp freshly chopped chives cumin turmeric coriander pepper cinnamon salt coconut oil for frying
Preparation: Clean the cauliflower and cut into florets. Peel carrots and cut them into fine strips. Cook the cauliflower in a little salted water with turmeric for about 7 minutes, then remove and drain. Heat the coconut oil in a pan, fry the cauliflower and carrots, and keep warm. Add the cumin, coriander, pepper and cinnamon to the frying oil and add the chopped fruit. Let the mixture cool down briefly, stir in the yogurt, and season to taste. Sprinkle with chives and enjoy!
Is it actually possible to eat healthy…? Buying healthy food, well that can be easy. But to know which individual foods are good for your health, that’s another story. The solution for a holistic way of eating is: Metabolic Balance. Our nutrition plan, based on your personal blood analysis includes exactly the foods you need for optimal health.
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.
Julia Child, a well-known American chef and cookbook author, once said: “You don’t have to cook any fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food made from fresh ingredients”. Metabolic Balance totally agrees. Cook quick, delicious and uncomplicated dishes from the ingredients on your nutrition plan and enjoy them!