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If you’re watching your weight, you might consider getting up early and going outside. A new study from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine showed that people whose exposure to bright natural light was mainly early in the day – between 8 a.m. and noon – had a lower body mass index than people whose light exposure occurs mostly in the late afternoon. All told, the difference in weight between early birds and not-so-early types could be as much as 30 pounds, stemming entirely from the influence and timing of their light exposure, the study found. The Northwestern researchers recruited 54 people, average age 30 who wore wrist monitors that tracked their light exposure and sleep time for a week. The study participants kept logs of what they ate and how often and how much they exercised. The researchers said that the light exposure could come from various sources, including through car windows. Bright light later in the day or at night has the opposite effect – it has been linked to obesity.
Phyllis Zee et al, “Timing and Intensity of Light Correlate with Body Weight in Adults, PLOS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0092251
Meat gets all the glory when it comes to the grill, but vegetables are just as delicious when cooked over a fire. The results are so versatile you’ll be wondering why you weren’t grilling everything.
- Brush veggies lightly with canola oil to prevent sticking to the grill grates. You can also use special grill baskets or create packets out of foil for easy cleanup.
- Resist the temptation to peel veggies before grilling. You’ll enjoy more smoky flavor and nutrients with the peel on.
- When grilling corn, leaving the husk on can help keep the kernels from drying out.
- Par-boil veggies like broccoli, carrots and potatoes to shorten grilling time and ensure a completely tender veg.
- Eggplant, tomatoes, summer squash and onions should be raw when placing on the grill.
- Keep an eye on your veggies while grilling and rotate them to a cooler part of the grill, if needed, so they cook evenly.
Make the Most out of Grilled Veggies
Grilled veggies are fantastic sandwich stuffers, or you can add them to a frittata for a quick breakfast. But don’t stop there. Try one of these recipes.
How do you enjoy vegetables on the grill?