Cereal is not a suitable 12WBT dinner!

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 and sign up today!

Georgina Moore
Dietitian with over ten years of experience in hospitals and private practice, Georgie is a self-confessed fruit and vegie queen with a soft spot for pumpkin. Swapping doughnuts for apples as a child, she is your ultimate shopping list and nutrition planner, keeping your meals in check and your pantry clean. Running marathons in her spare time, she winds down drinking plenty of tea.

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  1. But what is actually wrong with a bowl of cereal for dinner?

    1. Because it does’t provide your body with the right vitamins and minerals to function! There are better choices at dinner which are just as quick!

  2. You’ve got me motivated again Michelle and I’d like to say thank you so much. I used to do that before my son was with me full tine (complicated story starts with my longterm back injury) so cooked up pasta one night stir fry the next then brown fried rice the third then 4th nite have pasta then 5th stir fry 6th fried rice so on worked well for me except my son won’t eat leftovers and won’t eat the same thing during the week.

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