Cooking fast and healthy, the golden rules for not eating pasta every day




 

Healthy eating is still the resolution taken three times a month, but that we give up at lunch for a burger supplement cheese or a goat cheese tartiflette. Why so little (good) will? Prejudices about certain foods, lack of time, lack of knowledge about nutrition or lack of meal ideas are to blame.

 It all happens before meals, at the supermarket. Thus, we no longer go for the cooked lasagne dish, but for the vegetables and preserves. The point? Always have tomatoes, salad, lentils, cucumber and corn in your cupboards, so you can prepare nutritious and balanced salads. Preparation time? About five minutes (not including cleaning and cutting the vegetables), which is faster than defrosting a ready-made pizza. "People make a mountain out of eating well when it can be very simple," comments the specialist.



 A healthy awakening

Let's start at the beginning: breakfast. In the morning, there's no time to squeeze your oranges, toast your toast or make a fruit salad. If your appetite isn't there when you wake up, you can eat later at the office. For others, "muesli mixed with vegetable milk (almond milk, soy milk or rice milk), is a very good breakfast. You can add a banana and drink green tea without sugar," says the coach. Organic wholemeal bread topped with margarine can also replace the muesli on this menu. And good news, "you can devour the whole thing at will", according to Lucile Woodward. A fat and not too sweet breakfast will avoid the 11 o'clock snack.



 Anticipate your salad


For lunch, the ideal is to prepare your lunch box the night before. "My big practical tip is to cook on the weekend. Cook large quantities of pasta or rice that I store in the fridge and use all week long. It saves a lot of time in the evening."

As a result, you come to the office with your lunch, with a wholemeal organic pasta salad inside, for example. "You can put in tuna, vegetables and quinoa mixed in with the pasta. Add a little olive oil and vinegar to season and lunch is ready in a few minutes," adds the blogger. The key is to eat protein, carbohydrates and vegetables to be full, in a healthy way. "It's important to understand that cooking doesn't take three hours," the coach concludes. In terms of quantity, the same as at breakfast, they can be substantial.



 Stop cravings

What do you do when the 4 p.m. munchies kick in? "We take a fruit basket back to the office, which we fill every Monday. That way we have fresh fruit all the time. A mix of nuts and almonds is also very good," advises the blogger. And to calm her hunger before dinner, wholemeal bread spread with hummus is perfect. You can snack on this while the food is cooking.

 A light soup

The evenings are often very busy. Supervising the children's homework, freeing up time for yourself... it's not easy to resist frozen food. "Prepared meals cost much more than a handful of seasonal vegetables," says the sports coach. In the evening, we opt for soup. "It's the perfect menu. You put whatever you want in it, such as celery, potatoes, carrots, butternut and turnips," recommends the 30-year-old.

 The evenings are often very busy. Supervising the children's homework, getting time for yourself... it's not easy to resist frozen food. "Prepared meals cost much more than a handful of seasonal vegetables," says the sports coach. In the evening, we opt for soup. "It's the perfect menu. You put whatever you want in it, such as celery, potatoes, carrots, butternut and turnips," recommends the 30-year-old.

While the meal may seem a bit light, Lucile Woodward reminds us that it's important to avoid heavy dinners to optimize the quality of her night. "It's essential for a good night's sleep. After a heavy meal, the body expends a lot of energy to digest to the detriment of its regeneration. I even advise against avoiding meat and fish in the evening, as the body has difficulty assimilating them." It's enough to say goodbye to the frozen mincemeat and turn into a healthy cordon bleu.

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