Coach P’s Nutrition Tip #8 – Use a Slow Cooker

Our box, CrossFit Thermal, is doing a month-long nutrition challenge from July 7-August 7. Members are choosing various levels of engagement, ranging from strict Zone to strict Paleo, to “no grains, no extra sugar.” I will be posting a short nutrition tip to help people stay on point and make clean nutrition a life-long habit instead of just a short term “diet.”

Nutrition Tip #8: Use a Crockpot

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Many people will say they “aren’t good at cooking” as an excuse not to cook. Well a crockpot/slow cooker is an almost fool-proof way to save time and energy for cooking without actually cooking. We have a $15 Crockpot from Target, but some people will splurge for fancier ones around $100. (The fancier ones have timers on them, but I just use a regular light timer that was about $3 in between the Crockpot and the outlet) You can throw in a bunch of ingredients, set it for low for 8 hours or so, and walk away. When you come back, you’ll have a fully cooked, delicious meal waiting for that day or for the week.

Here are two of my favorite recipes for the crockpot. We’ll divvy each of these up for lunches and for the chicken recipe, add green beans into the glassware as a side. Don’t be afraid to double the recipe (as long as it fits) for bigger families or appetites.

Chocolate Chili – Melissa Joulwan The Clothes Make the Girl

Balsamic Chicken – Paleo Fresh

Do you have any good slow cooker recipes? Post to comments!

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