3 Easy Crock Pot Meals You Need in Your Training Plan

When it comes to a healthy lifestyle, 80 percent of fit body comes from the food that goes into it. Between classes and training, though, finding time to cook can be completely time consuming and unappealing.That’s where one of my favorite inventions comes in.

I use my crock pot regularly, and by regularly I mean at least once a week.  It’s a great way to throw some healthy food together and it’s a great time saver, so I can spend even more time with my kettlebells.

A few things about the recipes I’m sharing with you this week:
– They’re really simple
– They’ll produce leftovers for at least two days (depending on how many people you’re feeding)
– They’re great for any season
– They’re high in protein
– Did I mention they’re super simple? You literally just have to throw all the ingredients into the crock pot and walk away!

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Photo Credit: Tammy’s Table, A Food Blog

Hawaiian Chicken
This chicken is one of my all time favorite recipes. I actually got it from my best friend who recently got married and was trying out quick, healthy meals for her hubby. This Hawaiian Chicken is great when it’s served with rice (jasmine or brown) and a fresh salad. The best part is it only takes about five minutes of prep time!
Ingredients:

  • 1-lb chicken breast
  • 1 can sliced pineapple (I usually add two cans because I love pineapple)
  • 1 bottle of hawaiian marinade BBQ sauce

Directions:
Throw it all in a crockpot and cook on medium heat for 6 hours or cook on high heat for 3-4 hours.

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Photo Credit: Cooking Classy

Mama Brown’s Chili
If any mom can cook, it’s my mom, and her chili recipe is great for those cold winter months. It’s also seriously packed with protein, making it a top pick for athletes who are training. Now this can be made in a crock pot or in a pot on the stove. The difference? If it’s made in a crock pot, you don’t have to sit there to occasionally stir it and continuously watch the pot while it cooks. Totally a perk.
Ingredients:

  • 1-lb ground beef
  • 3 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 cubes of beef bullion
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • chili powder to taste

Directions:
Brown beef, onion and green pepper on the stove, then throw it and all the other ingredients in a crock pot. Cook on medium heat for 5 hours. Then, all you have to do is come back later and pour yourself a bowl of warm chili!

Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken
The final crockpot recipe I wish to share with you all is Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken. I love recipes that can be mixed up and eaten in various ways throughout the year. iThis recipe is great because it can be put in tortillas, eaten over rice, eaten on its own, or served with sides like steamed veggies or salad.
Ingredients:

  • 1-lb chicken breasts
  • 5 limes
  • fresh cilantro
  • 1 onion sliced
  • chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
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Photo Credit: The House of Hendrix

Directions:
Put the chicken breasts in the crock pot and squeeze the limes over them. Then, pour the chicken broth in so that it mostly covers the chicken. Add the onion, salt, pepper, cilantro, and garlic powder. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. Remove the chicken and pour the liquid into a bowl and save for later. Shred the chicken with two forks. Put the shredded chicken back into the crock pot and then pour the liquid back in slowly so that the chicken can absorb it. Now you have perfectly flavored shredded chicken that will wow your family.

You should never get burnt out from your training — or with your meals! Have fun with it and spice up your weekly dinners!

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