Welcome to the second month of the New Year! Still thinking about your goals this year, then be sure to check out our article on achieving your healthy intentions this year. 10 Easy Tips to Reach Your Weight and Fitness Goals This Year.
This month’s Faves includes our favorite new food find, Healthy Noodles from Kibun, and a fabulous appliance, Ninjas Foodi Smart Grill that makes grilling indoors smokeless and tasty. In addition to these two new finds, we also report on the latest research on the best time to exercise. While we recommend a first-thing in the a.m. workout, new research shows that if you are prone to higher blood sugars, then an afternoon might be best.
Read on for more details on our latest Faves!
Food: The Best One-Point “Noodles”- Healthy Noodles
Similar to shirataki (yam) noodles, the Healthy Noodles are similar in texture but better! Each 4 oz. package is just 30 calories, zero grams of fat, and has 6 grams of fiber. Unlike shirataki noodles, Healthy Noodles are shelf-stable and odorless. The texture is almost identical to a traditional noodle without that sliminess of other similar one-point noodles. Use these noodles like spaghetti or substitute for other carb-loaded noodles. The noodles are vegan, gluten-free, and the Kibun Healthy Noodle can be found in packages of six at Costco and Asian-specialty markets. Substitute these also in our zoodle recipes like Spinach-Garlic Zoodles.
Fitness: Afternoon Workouts Lower Risk of Diabetes
A new study, cited in the New York Times, shows that exercising in the afternoon dropped blood sugar levels in men that are already at risk for diabetes. While women were not evaluated in this study, the research indicates that men who exercised in the afternoon, not the morning, lost more belly fat and lowered their blood sugar.
Other studies have shown those morning workouts, in particular, exercising on an empty stomach, have positive metabolic impacts. The study author believes moderate afternoon exercise may have an impact on the foods we consume later in the day and “help to faster metabolize people’s last meals” before they go to sleep. This effect could leave our bodies in a fasted state overnight, which may better synchronize body clocks and metabolisms and fine-tune health.
Overall, moderate exercise lowers blood sugar levels no matter what time of day that the workout occurs. Even simple walking can lower your blood sugar levels.