With the end of summer, it won’t be long before we get to indulge in cozy meals on a cold day. What better way to prepare a healthy stew than with a slow cooker? Let’s take a look at a few ideas.
Why A Slow Cooker?
An important health advantage to this tool is that it saves you the need to pan-fry foods in order to get rich flavour, which isn’t the best option if you want to avoid unfriendly fats and oils. It’s also preferable to steaming, as slow-cooking a batch of veggies will help you retain the nutrient-rich juices that could otherwise be lost to escaping water vapor. If you’re opting for leaner cuts of meat to hold back on fat but have trouble getting it to the right level of tenderness, a slow cooker will help you get there. This eliminates the temptation for less healthy cuts, not to mention store-bought canned items with processed ingredients.
Putting It All Together
One thing that you should be sure to explore is the inclusion of grains. Stuff like quinoa, brown rice, and barley will offer fibre, protein, B vitamins, iron, magnesium, antioxidants, and more. The design of a slow-cooker allows you to pile in this nutrient-rich material with veggies, lean and skinless meat, a low-sodium broth, and other ingredients to make for powerful soups, stews, and chilis. You can even make a few healthy desserts as well, from quinoa-based brownies to seasonally-inspired pumpkin cake. While you’re waiting for your tasty preparations to finish cooking, you could even squeeze in some exercise!
What To Avoid
Because of the way slow cookers like Crock-Pots are designed, the quantity of food they will yield is pretty generous. This is a good thing for many reasons, such as the convenience of having a tupperware of vegetable soup to take on the go. However, it can also be easy to get carried away with your portions. If you do have a fattier cut of meat to include in your recipe, be sure to trim the fat off before slow-cooking so as to avoid and oily result. With smart planning of ingredients and a little creativity, you’ll have a convenient and healthy meal solution for the cold season.
There’s a way to make delicious meals for any season that will help you stay in great shape. If you want to complement all that healthy eating with solid exercise, call Vitality Fitness at (587) 777-3378 today!