We’ve all been there: We set a list of resolutions to take into the new year, stick with them for a few weeks (maybe a month), and then we just…stop. Of course, breaking a bad habit or starting a new routine is hard work, so don’t feel too bad. You’re not alone! In fact, 80% of resolutions fail by February, and tons of those well-intended goals are health related. So how do you break the vicious cycle and change yourself for good? Would you believe me if I told you your slow cooker can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions?
Surprisingly, using your slow cooker is the best way to jump-start your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier. This miracle machine can make a dish for every meal of the day, and with minimal effort to boot. We’ve made a list of the wide array of recipes you can cook in the Crock Pot to help you keep those resolutions. Start this year off on the right foot, and keep it going well past February!
1. Crock Pot Apple Maple Pecan French Toast
Can you believe it’s possible to make a healthy version of French toast? There’s no better way to cozy up on a cold winter morning than with a deliciously comforting breakfast like this. By using whole wheat bread, almond milk, and coconut sugar, this morning treat can be enjoyed as part of your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier!
2. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole
We pack in a ton of savory flavors with this hearty and spicy breakfast casserole. It has the best ingredients to start your day off right: protein from the eggs, calcium from the cheese, and healthy carbs like potatoes to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Combined with heart-healthy olive oil and plenty of veggies, and you’ve got a perfectly well-balanced breakfast!
3. Slow Cooker Banana Pecan French Toast
Can you tell we like French toast? It’s all about those complex carbohydrates and fiber that keep you feeling satisfied long after you’re done with breakfast. This fun variation uses potassium-rich bananas, and the delicious cinnamon and vanilla spices add sweet and cozy flavors. Perfect with your morning cup of coffee!
4. Slow Cooker Carrot Turmeric Soup
There are so many health benefits of turmeric, including its anti-inflammatory properties. Take advantage of this delicious super spice by making carrot soup. It’s rich and creamy, making it a perfect pair with a side salad for a quick lunch. Simply combine all ingredients and let it go!
5. Crock Pot Loaded Creamy Corn Chowder
Chowders are traditionally heavy and loaded with unhealthy fats, but this version will deliver the flavors you love without all the extra calories. Made with a few pantry staples, this soup can be made in a flash! Feel free to experiment with the toppings to create the perfect soup for you!
6. Crock Pot Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Chicken and wild rice soup is one of those ultimate comfort foods. This lightened up version is perfect on a cold day when you don’t feel like leaving the house. Plenty of spices like sage, thyme, and rosemary give this dish an amazing depth of flavor. Serve it up with whole wheat bread for a meal that will please everyone!
7. Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Casserole
A warm casserole straight out of the oven is a great cold-weather dinner, but you could also use your slow cooker to make this healthy dish even easier. Adding complex carbs with whole grain rice and veggies gives this meal plenty of fiber. Plus, the chicken adds much-needed protein to keep you feeling full. With only 327 calories per serving, you won’t feel guilty about going back for seconds!
8. Slow Cooker Mexican Meatloaf
Yes, even foods like meatloaf can be made in a slow cooker! Plenty of protein makes this meal hearty and healthy. This recipe also packs a spicy punch with the addition of cumin and cayenne pepper. Simply combine all the ingredients into the pot and cook away. Make a glaze to top it off and you’ll have a Mexican twist on an American classic!
9. Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa
Quinoa has become a wildly popular, healthy grain lately, but we like using this complete protein in a new way. Loaded with veggies and chicken, we love how all the spices pair together in this dish. Once it’s done, immediately top it off with cheese for a deliciously gooey dish!
Do you believe us now that your slow cooker can help you keep your New Year’s resolutions? With so many great recipes to choose from, don’t give up on your resolution before you’ve even gotten started! Taking the first steps into a resolution can be scary, especially if you go in thinking you’re going to fail. But if you take everything one step at a time and don’t give up at the first sign of trouble, your body will adjust and you’ll feel better than ever!