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6 tips for organizing your meals better

Fresh healthy salad and measuring tape on wooden table. Healthy food

Have you ever thought that a 24-hour day is not enough? Do you neglect preparing meals to save time? Unfortunately, a great majority of people are guilty of this and choose to go to the restaurant, to the detriment of their health and budget. And yet, preparing healthy meals is not any longer than eating out!

So here are 6 tips you can use to speed up and simplify meal preparation:

  • Pick a free morning, afternoon, or any convenient time of the day to cook your weekly recipes;
  • When you return from the grocery store, pre-cut fruits and vegetables and put them in plastic containers so they are readily available! They are perfect for side dishes and desserts!;
  • Are you strapped for time when you get home after work? Cook chicken, turkey breasts, ground beef, eggs, or fish ahead of time to have protein ready to use;
  • If you lack the time to eat breakfast at home, at the beginning of the week, prepare a cold mixture of oat flakes, Greek yogurt, and milk or soy beverage. All you have left to do in the morning is add fruit and/or nuts, as well as drizzle a little bit of maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar. You can check out Trois fois par jour’s Yogurt, maple, raspberry and chia oatmeal’s recipe;
  • When you do your grocery, choose fresh pasta that can be cooked quickly, or cook your pasta, rice, quinoa, couscous, barley or orzo ahead of time to have side dishes ready;


You have to take the time to plan for the week (see the article on planning for meals), but once this becomes a habit, you’re set. You will gain time. Less empty calories and more money in your pockets!


Marie-Ève Nadeau P.Dt.

Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.

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