Stuffed Zucchini

This recipe is a unique twist on stuffed zucchini but very delicious!

Ingredients:
1 serving of yellow lentils
1 apple, diced
1 serving of vegetables (e.g. zucchini, leek, 1 teaspoon of onion cubes)
1 tablespoon of oil
1 tablespoon of chopped parsley
Curry powder
Cinnamon
Caraway
Nutmeg
Vegetable broth
Vinegar
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Take the zucchini and cut in half length wise. Then boil until al dente in salt water with caraway, drain and set aside to cool. Wash the apple, remove the seeds and dice into cubes. Sauté the apple and onion cubes in oil until translucent, season with cinnamon and deglaze with some vegetable broth. Let the apple sauce simmer for a few minutes and then puree using a blender. Wash the lentils, cook them for 10 minutes, then add the washed and cut leek. Cook for another 8 minutes and season with salt, pepper, nutmeg, vegetable broth, and some vinegar. Take the cooked zucchini and hollow out the center with a spoon, fill with the lentils and top with the apple sauce. Sprinkle the parsley over it and enjoy!

Skin: A Reflection of Your Health

Although face creams and skin products can help with skin maintenance, the key to clear and healthy skin comes from within! What you eat and drink has a direct influence on your skin health. Providing your body with the correct balance of nutrients ( helps to “feed” your skin. Many skin problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema can be caused by poor eating habits because your skin isn’t getting the proper nutrients it needs.⁣

Skin diseases often result from internal illnesses and nutritional metabolic disorders. For instance, research has found that acne occurs in primitive tribes only when they gave up their traditional diet. Before that the tribe members had no skin problems.⁣

Evidence also suggests that acne can be aggravated by dairy due to the growth hormones found in dairy products like milk. Milk in particular is a real hormone cocktail and contains precursor molecules of testosterone – a male sex hormone significantly involved in the development of acne. Milk also contains insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1), which is similar to insulin and also stimulates testosterone production.⁣

When it comes to your diet and the Metabolic Balance program, be patient and consistent. Whether the change is due to an illness or cosmetic concern, your skin won’t improve overnight. That being said, if you stick with it, it will be worth the investment.⁣ Many of our clients notice a clearing up of their skin or having healthier skin after following their plan!

For more information check out these studies and links:

Adapted from: Metabolic Balance Canada
Photo: Adrian Motroc (Unsplash)

Get Out of the Cycle

Metabolic Balance is a personalized nutrition program designed to help you achieve your health goals. If you feel stuck in a frustrating cycle with your health, then give us a call or check out our website.
Our coaches along with a customized nutrition plan will help free you from this cycle in no time!


https://www.metabolic-balance.us/

Buy Local

Buying products from local farms and artisans is a great idea for many reasons!

  • Choosing to buy locally helps to support small business especially now!
  • It also is much better for the environment. Because the food has to travel a lot less to get to you (long delivery routes or flights are eliminated) it reduces carbon dioxide emissions. 
  • Local food is also particularly beneficial for your health. Because seasonal food is only harvested when it is ripe, it has the maximum content of vitamins and other vital substances.
  • Finally, if you choose to buy from organic or non-GMO vendors, you also avoid products made with harmful chemicals or pesticides.

To find local farms in your area visit the links below: https://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/list?l=N
http://www.eatwild.com/products/

Nutty Vegetable Dip

This dip is great for dipping vegetable sticks and is a great quick meal.

Ingredients:
1 serving of spread made from pumpkin/sunflower seeds
2 Tbps. of fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, oregano, basil, etc.)
50 g cucumber
100 mL (~1/2 cup) olive oil
2 cloves of garlic
Fresh chili pepper
Salt and pepper

Preparation:
Roast the seeds in a dry pan and then set aside to cool down. Peel the garlic cloves, wash chili pepper and cucumber and cut everything into small pieces. Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Pour into a glass and pour a bit of the remaining oil over top. Serve with vegetables sticks and enjoy!

Personalized Nutrition for You

At Metabolic Balance we take pride in a program that is customized to each individual. Everything from the foods on your plan to the coaching you receive is personalized to you. To learn more about how Metabolic Balance can help transform your life visit our website or check out our Facebook page.

Successful Weight Loss

We are often asked: Should I take my body measurements or is weighing better? 

Successful weight loss is so often better shown by the monitoring of body measurements than by regular weighing! This is due to the relatively high protein content in our nutrition plans which helps rebuild connective tissue and muscles in the body. Muscle weighs more than fat, but also has less volume, i. e. it takes up less space than fat. So if 20 lbs of fat was lost and 13 lbs muscle gained, only 7 lbs difference may be seen on the scale. But if we look at body measurements, we often see reductions of 4-6 inches which is 1-2 dress sizes!

Asian Inspired Grilled Turkey

Today we have another delicious recipe for you that is perfect for lunch or dinner!

Ingredients:
1 serving of turkey breast
3 Tbsp of oil
2 tsp salt
A pinch of each cinnamon, cumin, cardamom, and sweet paprika powder
1 serving of carrot
1 handful of fresh coriander
Salt and black pepper
Apple cider vinegar and oil
(From phase 3 onwards, 1 tsp of ground hazelnuts may be added as part of a treat meal)

Preparation:
Mix the oil with salt and spices, rub on the turkey breast, and marinate for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Peel the carrot and grate it finely. Chop coriander leaves and mix with the carrots. Season the carrot and coriander slaw with salt, pepper, vinegar and oil. Grill the turkey and then enjoy with the carrot and coriander slaw!

What is in your Shopping Bag?

Real food is fresh, colorful, and simple. It is not wrapped in plastic or filled with ingredients that nobody can pronounce. In order to nourish your body properly, you need to start by making the best choices at the grocery store. This means sticking to the produce aisles and staying away from the sections filled with packaged and processed food.

At Metabolic Balance we emphasize the importance of eating whole and clean foods. Often clients start to notice real changes after just a few days because of the real and whole foods on their plans!

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