If you’re like me, you’ve probably searched for “healthy crock pot meals” online to feed your family. Why is this such a sought out search? One appeal to cooking with a crock pot slow cooker is that you can put your dinner into it in the morning and it’s ready when you get home from a long day at work. But, do foods lose nutrients during the long cooking process? It’s a question that many are concerned with when cooking foods over a long period of time. Studies indicate that since slow cookers are fully covered, the percentage of nutrients isn’t lost during the prolonged cooking time. Cooking with a crock pot is much better than frying or boiling foods and has the added advantage of offering a nutritious meal at the end of the day rather than a fast food drive-by option.
You can definitely cook healthy meals in your crock pot without fear of losing all of the nutrients. All methods of heating foods, such as blanching, boiling, simmering, baking, steaming and broiling cause some loss of nutrients, but the low heat used in crock pot cooking causes far less damage. Wholesome, all-inclusive meals made with a crock pot can simplify your life and give your family the nutrition they need. They can also help you save on your grocery bill by utilizing leftover veggies and other foods in delicious soups and stews.
Don’t just use a crock pot for dinner. Warm cereal, such as steel cut oats, can be prepared in the crock pot – cooked slowly and flavored with honey, cinnamon and butter to bring out even more flavor for a delicious breakfast.
Cooking for weight loss is much easier with a crock pot, too. There are a lot of healthy crock pot meals available online that will help you lose weight and make your family happy too. Vegan and vegetarian recipes abound for slow cookers and you can even make low-calorie desserts that the entire family will love. Almost any vegetable, legume or lean meat becomes highly palatable and appealing when cooked slowly with spices and other flavorings. The sky’s the limit when using a crock pot to plan meals for yourself, your family or a group.
Various sizes and types of crock pots are now available. If you’re a single person, it’s sometimes difficult to cook for only one – especially with the large crock pots of yesterday. Now, there are mini versions that work perfectly for small families or singles. They come in round or oval shapes and in a plethora of colors to match any kitchen décor you might desire. They’re pretty enough to serve from the pot, so you don’t have to use more serving dishes.
Vibrant greens, permeated with various spices, become a main dish when prepared creatively in a crock pot. You can let your imagination soar and eat much healthier when planning your meals around crock pot recipes.
Check out my delicious “Easy Crock Pot Beef Stew” recipe for more tasty healthy crock pot meals!