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The month of March celebrates nutrition

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Yet again this year, the dietitians of Canada go the extra mile with their delicious theme for nutrition month: Simply Cook and Enjoy! For many, the cost and complexity of healthy eating is a source of frustration, so this year’s mission is to provide tips, tools, and recipes to help you fit healthy eating into your daily routine. So here are a few ideas to make your life easier.


People often admit to not having a snack between meals because they are either afraid of eating too much or they simply don’t know what they should eat. Yet having a balanced snack containing carbohydrates and protein is a great way to stave off the munchies and reduce the hunger pangs that drive us to eat oversized portions at mealtimes. Go for a fruit or a whole grain cereal bar with a source of protein, like yogurt, a glass of milk, a soy beverage or a handful of roasted soy nuts. You’ll see your energy level stabilize and feel in no time the benefits of this new habit.

Prepare a fast, tasty, and healthy meal

Are you among those who think that no single recipe, prepared in just a few minutes, can be both tasty and healthy? Well, here’s the good news! Many websites, blogs, and books abound with original, balanced and easy recipes that you can just or let them inspire your own culinary creations. Here are a couple of links:




If you’re like me and would rather fill a shelf with attractive recipe books, I suggest you add my favourite, Zero Diet, by Karine Larose. Okay, you think I’m biased! Well, just leaf through this book and you’ll see for yourself that it’s truly amazing! Packed with a wide variety of simple menus for convivial meals, the recipes are all favourites of the Nautilus Plus team of nutritionists. So, for nutrition month, get out your knives and chopping boards and create lots of delectable dishes.

Marilyne Petitclerc, P.Dt., Nutritionist

Marilyne Petitclerc

Holder of a degree in nutrition from Université Laval, Marilyne has worked as a nutritionist for Nautilus Plus since 2010. Passionate about healthy eating and sports nutrition, she also gives lectures and hosts cooking workshops. With her clients, Marilyne makes extensive use of the instinct diet approach and the Mediterranean diet model. Furthermore, she has attended classes on live nutrition at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Maryline ran the Quebec City Marathon des Deux Rives - Half Marathon in 2010 and 2012. She also took part in the Staircase Challenge, another event held in Quebec City in June 2012. Marilyne also plays in an Ultimate Frisbee league and trains regularly at the Nautilus Plus branch where she is employed.

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