By Deena Hamza

Consuming your whole grain intake earlier on in the day allows your body to use the carb macronutrient for energy while, at the same time, reducing the chance of carb storage in the body (a.k.a weight gain).

I’m not a proponent of low carb diets unless you’re prepping for a physique competition or if you’re an endurance athlete and it’s required to deplete carb stores before carbing – up. Because of this, I recommend consuming low glycemic vegetables and protein to maintain a healthy diet.

For a tangy twist on your average (and possibly boring) salad, give this Apple-Blue a try!


8 oz lettuce
1 red onion
sliced 1 apple
sliced ¼ cup blue cheese
8 oz cooked chicken
½ cup yogurt dressing

Nutritional Profile: 210 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated), 180 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrates, 21 g protein, 3 g fiber.

My next article will detail a typical diet complete with portion sizing and food timings for the average male to help you understand how to eat your heavier carbs earlier on in the day.

P.S. Blue cheese is an acquired taste but with the combination above, almost everyone can enjoy its flavour.


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