Cereal is not a suitable 12WBT dinner!

Nutrition // Georgina Moore

I have been reading on the 12WBT forums about some lovely ladies out there who are 30-something and they live by themselves. Breakfast and lunch are generally easy meals to prepare. A quick and healthy breakfast and lunch is generally a no-brainer, but it seems that when it comes to dinner, motivation can often be lacking.


For all those 30-somethings who live alone, when was the last time that your dinner was a bowl of cereal or just some toast? I’m sure we have all been guilty of it at some stage, so I’m going to provide you a few hints and tips on ways to improve your evening nutrition without having to employ a full time chef.

Motivation is like a bad boyfriend – never there when you need it. Being healthy isn’t hard, it’s just a matter of developing healthy habits. Take 30 minutes out of your weekend to look at the week ahead. What nights do you intend to be out or home late?

  • Do a “cook-up” every now and then. By cook up, I mean spend a few hours cooking up meals that are freezable such as spaghetti bolognaise, lasagna, curries, casseroles etc.
  • Portion the meals out into individual serves and then fridge or freezer them (depending on when you intend to eat them). This way, when you have a big day at work, or you get home late after having been at the gym, you can still have a nutritious meal that you simply just have to pop into the microwave
  • Have you got a few really quick recipes that you can whip up in a few minutes that are also healthy? Think omelettes or a salad with tuna. Always have a stockpile of foods in the cupboard that can be turned into a meal at short notice.  A few standard stock items include eggs, canned tuna, canned legumes and lentils, baked beans etc
  • Get creative with leftovers. If you have some sad looking vegetables, whip them into a stir fry or roast them in the oven for a tasty, healthy warm salad.

Being healthy doesn’t have to take hours out of everyday nor does it have to cost a fortune. By being a little organised and building healthy habits, eating well can be second nature.

If you need a helping hand on how to get organised, plan ahead and whip up your own healthy, nutritious and delicious meals check out www.12wbt.com and sign up today!