Trying to lose weight, save money and be healthier? If you're committed to even one of these goals, here is a tip for how to get started…use your slow cooker. Sound too good to be true? Find out how this one handy piece of kitchen equipment can help you meet your diet and health goals.
—Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D.
How the slow cooker can help: Cooking at home is a great first step in trying to get your
diet under control. Since slow–cooked food relies on long, moisture-rich cooking, you can use less oil than if you were
cooking with dry heat in the oven or on the stove. Using your slow cooker to make dinner means that dinner is ready when
you get in the door—no more hungrily snacking on other food while preparing dinner.
Recipes to Try: 20 Low-Calorie Meals from Your Slow Cooker
How the slow cooker can help: Using a slow cooker can save you major time preparing meals.
By prepping ingredients and putting them in the pot before you leave for work in the morning, you know that when you come
home dinner will be waiting. Bonus: Use the extra time you save and hit the gym after work.
Related: The 5 Healthy Meals You Should Learn to Make This Year
How the slow cooker can help: Crock pots lend themselves to stews and other one-pot meals that let you stretch more expensive ingredients, like meat, further. You can save $6.45 per month ($78 a year) if you replace 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breast [$4.99] with 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs [$3.49] once a week for 30 days. Try these Slow–Cooker Recipes for $3 or Less per Serving, such as Rich Chicken Stew and Pulled Pork (pictured). Bonus: chances are a slow-cooked meal will yield leftovers (like these Crock Pot Recipes to Cook Once, Eat Twice). Bring leftovers for lunch the next day and you’ll save on lunch money, too!