You’ve heard your Personal Trainer say it a thousand times “eat more protein!” And whether you are a cardio queen who’s focus is weight loss and losing inches around the waist, or a hardcore bodybuilder who wants to add inches to his biceps, this is good advice. Protein shakes and meal bars are great quick fixes for on the go people but the best nutrition sources are real food. No trainer or nutrition supplement rep can deny that.
Sometimes the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is come home from work and have to prepare yourself a good high protein meal. As prepared as we may try to be, planning out or making meals ahead of time isn’t always easy either. Here’s some great recipe ideas for a low maintenance and high protein meals using a crock pot or slow cooker.
Let’s paint the picture. You wake up in the morning, grab your cup of coffee and maybe a quick and healthy bit to eat in the car ride to work. But what about dinner? No time to think of that in the morning? Wrong!
In the time it takes to jump in the shower and get dressed you can have a hot healthy meal for you when you get home. Here we go:
1. Dust off your Crock Pot and put it on the counter.
2. Grab that bag of defrosted chicken breasts out of the refrigerator, rinse them off and trim any fat. Toss ‘em in the slow cooker.
3. Grab a handful of celery, carrots, and a medium sized onion. Quick chop them into big chunks. Throw them on top of the chicken.
4. Pour about 2 cups of low sodium chicken broth over the top. (This is an invaluable addition to a health conscious pantry by the way)
5. Add a dash or two of salt and pepper, cover and set to low.
Within 6-7 hours you’ll have a hot meal waiting for you when you get home. Depending how long the slow cooker will be left stewing away, you may need to add a bit more liquid.
Another variation adds a little more pizazz to the recipe.
Instead of the celery, carrots and chicken broth, add a jar of your favorite salsa, a can of tomato paste, one big can of stewed whole tomatoes and half a cup of water. Toss in some chili powder for a little extra kick.
About Riley Daye
Riley Daye is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and Lifestyle and Weightloss Consultant. He is a Los Angeles Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Consultant who specializes in Weight Loss and Sport Specific Training. Contact Riley to schedule a private consultation.