One of the most frequently mentioned reasons people give for not being able to eat healthy is the extra time it takes to prepare healthy food. It’s much easier to drive through somewhere or order take out.
So I’d like to re-introduce you to the crock pot. Originally marketed in the US in the 1970s, they became less popular when the microwave was introduced in the 1980s. But they are back in vogue and today, 83% of American families own a slow cooker. One of the best things about preparing a meal at home with a slow cooker is that your meals are make from whole, not processed, foods. That automatically ups the nutritional value of everything you prepare.
Crock Pot is a popular brand name of slow cookers. Whatever brand you use, all slow cookers allow you to load it with fresh, healthy ingredients in the morning and have a yummy, nutritious meal at dinner time with virtually no extra effort. If you don’t already own one, buy one with a removable insert for easier clean up.
Now, what can you do with a slow cooker to increase the nutritional quality of your meals? If you do a search on “healthy crockpot meals” on Google or on Pinterest, you’ll get tons of great results. To make things even easier, you’ll find recipes to prep and freeze ingredients for a full meal in advance!
Here are a few recipes to get you started.
Santa Fe Black Beans – Ten hours in the slow cooker yields and amazing Mexican side dish.
Curried Vegetables on a Bed of Couscous – Great if you like your vegetables to have a little kick.
Chicken Chili – Load this in the morning and come home to an amazing aroma and dinner already prepared.
Applesauce – You can even make healthy desserts with your slow cooker!
The more you focus on healthier meals with whole, natural ingredients, the more success you’ll see with your Spatz3 adjustable balloon.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org.