Oh, how I love my SlowCooker, let me count the ways…
SlowCooker meals are a snap to prepare, the flavors come together so nicely in the pot, and dinner is ready when you walk in the door.
What I love most about slow cooker meals is how little time they take to prepare. Not only that, but you can make them in larger quantities so you can enjoy leftovers. I am all about amazing food with minimal effort.
As an added bonus, slowcooker meals often stretch a buck so you can save on your grocery bill. Time savings, healthy delicious recipes, and cost savings – it’s a win all around! Boom.
True confession time… I didn’t always love slowcooker meals. To me, they used to all taste the same and left me feeling bloated and exhausted… thank you cream of mushroom soup and packaged onion soup mix.
Also - I love to cook! I felt like the slow cooker took the ‘fun’ out of cooking for me.
I recently became a mother of two - I am currently on maternity leave with my new baby girl and I have a 3 year old boy.
We all still need to eat and the slowcooker seemed like the perfect solution.
So I set out on a mission to find the best, healthiest, and quickest slowcooker meals possible.
In our community at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness we have some amazing cooks who also love healthy food so I reached out to them for all of their favorite recipes.
There are some serious winners here!
We compiled a SlowCooker Cookbook with all of our favorite recipes. You can download it here:
And let me tell you - I have been very happy with the results.
Even the 3 year old is eating these meals.
Here is what I have learned in the process:
The more vegetables the better. Just throw them all in there! Whatever you have on hand - whatever you are feeling. If your veggies are looking a little ‘sad’ their flavors will perk right up in your slow cooker.
No peeking! Seriously… keep the lid shut. You don’t need to stir the pot or do any checking. Trust in your SlowCooker. Everytime you open the lid, you are losing all of the heat and your quick check can add a lot of time to the cooking of your meal.
Know your conversions. Slow cookers are pretty forgiving and if your recipe called to be cooked on low for 8 hours but it’s noon and you haven’t gotten into the kitchen yet… no problem - you can cook that meal on high for x hours. Here is a handy dandy conversion chart for you:
Thank you Crock Pot Ladies!
Layer Smart: I like to get creative with my kitchen creation. Often I cook without a recipe or just use a recipe for inspiration and cooking guidelines. With slow cooking, it’s important to know the order your ingredients go in the pot. Here is another great chart to help with that:
Experiment, have fun, and enjoy your time in the kitchen. Also, be sure to download our favorite slow cooker recipes here:
Inspired to get started now? Download this free QuickStart Guide:
This free QuickStart Guide that has been used by many of our clients and is proven to increase your energy levels and help you feel great. This free QuickStart Guide includes a full 7 day whole foods based meal plan, a simple to implement exercise plan, 18 delicious whole foods based recipes, and daily encouragement from our trainer team to help you stick with the program.
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This workout is a big one. While it does say to do 10 rounds, a good goal is to shoot for 3 to 5 rounds. But if you can handle all 10 rounds you should be very proud of yourself! Have fun with it!
Warm-up and cool down for 5-10 minutes each
Complete 10 Rounds for Time!
10 Flutter Kicks 1-1
10 Full Sit Ups
10 Plank Jacks
10 Reverse lunges 1-1
10 Reverse Crunch
10 Full Sit Up
10 Russian Twist 1-1
30 sec Run
10 Wide Push Ups
One of the biggest challenges that face people who want to start a fitness program is insecurity. And who could blame them based on some of the stereotypical thoughts when it comes to what goes on at a fitness facility - super fit people, trainers yelling, and everybody will be watching me - to name a few. I’m sure you have plenty of your own stereotypes.
Fighting through our fears is one of the biggest challenges in life. Whether it’s speaking in front of people, having a tough conversation, confronting a loved one, accepting a challenge, or joining a fitness program - when we fight through these fears, there is greatness on the other side. Can you think of a time when you overcame one of your fears and how you felt after? I imagine it was amazing and you couldn’t believe you actually did it and you were successful!
One of the best things my wife and I have ever done was to make the decision to leave our super comfortable careers to open Wilcox Wellness & Fitness. You can imagine the anxiety that goes along with starting a new business, the fear is enormous. By overcoming the fear and going for it, we have met an incredible amount of amazing people, employ 5 amazing teammates, work together as husband and wife, and impact a community we love so much. Those are just a few of the life changing gifts we have received by overcoming our fears.
When you think about the gifts that could come from beginning an exercise and nutrition program and sticking to it for a lifetime, what comes to mind? Feelings of strength, confidence, happiness, pride, and self awareness become a daily occurrence Better relationships with family, friends, and coworkers enrich your life. Activities become FUN, yes, FUN! (You will even enjoy the fact that shoveling is so much easier.)
Fighting through your fears and finding an exercise and nutrition program will impact you more than you can ever imagine - ask someone who has fought through their fears, I bet they will tell you about gifts that impact them each and every day.
If you’d like to learn how we can help you fight through your fears and have more amazing daily gifts in your life, schedule a consultation now. You will never regret overcoming your fear.