A simple, but favorite April recipe: Grilled asparagus (compliments of Serious Eats)
Why: Asparagus is in season, which means it’s usually of higher quality and cheaper than during off-season. Bonus: It’s the perfect time to light your grill!
What's in season: Asparagus, Beets, Green Onions, Mixed Leafy Greens, Parsley, Radishes, Strawberries
Q of the month: What is the best time to eat dinner?
A: It depends. There is no one steadfast rule that says eating dinner earlier to later directly affects your health (or weight). Instead, there are a myriad of factors to consider regarding meal times. For example, you might need to eat at least two hours before you go to bed to avoid heartburn. You could be a person who wakes up at 5am and has breakfast at 6am so you have your dinner at 5pm. You may have a metabolism that runs more efficiently with longer periods of post-dinner fasting. Basically, each person is different and will need to run a series of small experiments to determine the optimal times to eat. One general rule we can all apply, however, is the prevention of mindless eating. Oftentimes, late night snacking is less about hunger and more about boredom, procrastination or tiredness.
Diet 411: Ketogenic diet
Ketogenic diets have been developed and leveraged to treat epilepsy in children…that’s right – epilepsy. Following a diet that calls for 3 to 4g of fat for every 1g of carbohydrate and protein can produce ketones that supply energy to your brain in the absence of enough carbohydrates. If an adult begins this diet, they may experience digestive distress, urges to binge on carbs, fatigue and poor exercise performance. Longer-term side effects can include kidney stones, high cholesterol, dehydration and constipation. Overall, ketogenic diets should be prescribed by a physician, and closely monitored by a team of healthcare providers that includes a dietitian.
Cheyenne is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist located in the Charleston, SC area.