Grow Your Own Mushrooms – metabolic balance Advent Day 3&4

Gifting yourself fresh mushrooms is a great idea  Here is a company that has Mushrooms in a box where you just add water and watch them grow. Perfect as a metabolic balancer stocking stuffer.

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Another company called 2funguys that offers logs for growing shitake mushrooms for up to 2 years.  The company also offers a growing kit for Oyster mushrooms.  You will need more space for these kits and maybe some really interesting ceramic container to hold your logs.

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If you want to create your own DIY kit to give to your friends?  Here is a video showing how to grow oyster mushrooms in coffee grounds.

The video host talks about the  Field and Forest  catalog which offers you different kinds of mushrooms you can grow at home. They have kits for Shitake, Oyster, Reishi, Lion’s Mane, wine cap, hericium, maitake, nameko, blewit & almond agaricus.

 

Want to read some more information about mushrooms? Here are some Links you might remember from months gone by:

Mushroom Detox Soup Recipe

Mushroom Caps Recipe

Understanding Friendly Fungi – Article on LivecCleanMB

Zucchini and Mushroom Soup – Recipe

Vegetables Make Your Breakfast Better

On the metabolic balance plan, you get lots of vegetables so take advantage of this perk and make sure you eat as many vegetables as you can for breakfast.

If you are not a vegetable breakfast person, here are a few ways to add those vegetables without breaking an early morning stress sweat.

Make a Breakfast Salad with your fruit and vegetables.

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Make a salad with avocados and plums.

Experiment with your breakfast Smoothie.

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Build a healthy smoothie.

Scramble your Vegetables. (more vegetables than eggs)

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Make a breakfast full of vegetables and a little bit of eggs.

Eat a side of vegetables like Kohrabi sticks which you can substitute for bread.

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Experiment with kohrabi instead of eating toast.

Get creative with your eggs.

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Place a soft egg on top of a bed of vegetables.

Eat avocado toast.

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Red Beet Puree with Ground Beef and Salad – metabolic balance Monday Recipe

Summer is the perfect time to grill your food.  Today we are sharing a recipe for grilled beets pureed with grilled beef (ground beef or any kind of dark meet you fancy.)

Ingredients:

  • Red beets (grill 250g but eat only the amount you area allowed on your plan.)
  • Salad Greens – This is part of your vegetables so portion accordingly.
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Olive Oil
  • Ground Beef
  • Dill
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • French Seasoning (Mixed seasoning mix)
  • Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

  • Cut your beets into large chunks and put it into a large container.
  • Dice your onions and set aside.
  • Press your garlic and set aside.
  • Add salt pepper, seasoning  balsamic vinegar and some olive oil together to create a dressing to mix with your beets.
  • Mix your onions, garlic and beef together and place on the grill and cook how you like it. Medium raw, medium, well done.
  • If you are grilling a piece of meat instead of ground beef, rub the garlic and pepper on the outside of the meat and cut your onions into large slices.
  • Grill your beets (Takes about 45 minutes):
  • Puree your grilled beets with a hand blender add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve your pureed beets with your grilled meat and a side salad.

 

 

 

red beet photos by Stacey Spensley 

Aging Successfully Requires Eating Vegetables

We all want to age gracefully. May be in the back of your mind or the front of your mind or maybe staring you right in the face at this very moment is the fact that you are no longer a youngster and need to start treating your body with some care.

It is never too late to eat mindfully.  metabolic balancers are taught to eat what their bodies need to stay balanced so if you follow the metabolic balance plan you are off to a good start.  Below is a list of vegetables that you may want to add to your plan once you are into phase 4 (If the vegetables are not already on your plan.)

As metabolic balancers, you are aware of how important vegetables are to your diet.  Fill your plate with vegetables at each meal and make sure that you are trying different combinations and eating through the rainbow not just sticking to the colour green.  Add deep red tomatoes, carrots and orange bell peppers to your daily vegetable intake.  If you are not finding enough colourful vegetables at your grocery store, look for a farmers market near you and see what yummy vegetables are in season.

Here is a link to the crop calendars for each US state.

Knowing what vegetables are in season makes it easier to plan your menu around healthy and fresh produce. Here are an example of some vegetables available in the midwest.


Asparagus     April 23 – June 25
Broccoli     June 20 – November 30
Cabbage     June 1 – November 15
Cauliflower     September 1 – Dec. 5
Collards     May 15 – November 20
Cucumbers     June 25 – September 15
Eggplant     July 10 – October 15
Lima Beans     July 10 – October 31
Okra         July 15  -October 15
Onions     June 25 – September 30
Peas         May 20 – July 5
Peppers     July 5  – Nov. 5
Potatoes     July 10 – October 15
Pumpkins     September 15 – October 31
Snap Beans     June 10 – August 31
Squash     June 15 – September 30
Spinach     April 15 – June 30
Sweet Corn     July 1 – September 25
Tomatoes     July 5 – October 15
Bell peppers  May – September

Below are links to helpful resources to find a farmer’s market near you.

USDA Farmer Market Directory

Local Harvests Farmer’s Markets

photo credit: highlimitzz

Metabolic Balance® Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground black pepper

Instructions:

Cut off the brown end of the brussel sprouts and take off any discoloured leaves.  Place the brussel sprouts in a bowl and mix with some olive oil, salt and pepper.   Spread them on a baking sheet and roast for 40 minutes or until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.

Sprinkle more salt on top as desired and serve with your meal.

photo of brussel sprouts by savvy christine

Tomatoes Add To Your Life – Information You May Want to Read About Tomatoes

Today, we are sharing research about tomatoes. UC Davis has a great link page to articles about tomatoes focusing mostly on growing and tomato issues.  We are only sharing information about eating and cooking with tomatoes but if you are interested in tomatoes, you can follow the main link to the extensive list.

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Photo of tomatoes by Jeremy Segrott