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In my practice as a nutritionist, I have had people calling and saying that they feel nothing works when trying to lose weight, increasing energy, feeling restful in the morning, falling asleep at night, and preventing weight gain. This when I know that the Metabolic Balance Nutrition Plan is the right program for them.


Pros of the Metabolic Balance Plan

This is a highly personalized nutrition plan based on your own blood values that looks at parameters such as liver function, glucose, inflammation, thyroid health, etc. Based on your own body chemistry, the plan is tailored to you. Your plan will include all of the building blocks that are necessary to balance your metabolism. These building blocks include protein, carbohydrates (vegetables, fruits, whole grains), and healthy fats. Water intake is also calculated and your balanced plate ensures plenty of soluble and insoluble fibre.


Cons of the Metabolic Balance Plan

It can be hard to know what foods will and will not come on your plan. During the initial assessment, I always consider my clients' individual likes and dislikes but sometimes there may be foods you have not seen before!


Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are a type of plant based protein and is often recommended on the plan with vegetables. Here is a recipe that I love and is quick and easy to do!


1 serving


Ingredients:

  • 20 grams Sunflower Seeds (soaked overnight)

  • 20 grams Pumpkin Seeds (soaked overnight)

  • 30 grams Baby Spinach

  • 15 grams Basil

  • Garlic (1 small clove)

  • 2 tsp. Fresh Dill

  • 1 tsp lime or lemon zest

  • 1/2 small zucchini (scrubbed, washed and chopped)

  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper (as per taste)

  • 1 tbsp. cold pressed olive oil or flax seed oil

  • Rye or Spelt sour dough Bread (toasted)

Instructions:

  • Soak the seeds and seeds overnight.

  • Rinse well and strain the water.

  • Add all the ingredients except the oil in a blender and blend it till smooth.

  • Spread it on a toasted slice of your favourite sourdough bread, drizzle the oil and Enjoy.

Variations: Try other vegetables like roasted peppers, artichoke hearts, slightly steamed cauliflower. Make it creamier by adding avocado. This could be an excellent dip as a snack or appetizer.


Serving Size mentioned is a sample of an amount of 1 serving for a meal based on individual height, weight and goal on individually tailored Metabolic Balance Plan

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