Regardless of your goals – weight loss, improved health, disease management, performance enhancement, and gaining muscle mass – nutrition is the cornerstone and quite possibly the most important factor. It’s for this reason that most who are serious about their goals make food preparation a priority. And those who fail to make food preparation a priority quite often never reach their intended goals.
For most, food preparation is something we do several times a week. It can include cooking of your chosen foods, portioning, packaging and making these finished meals portable. Entire blocks of time are set aside to perform these tasks.
I stumbled upon something recently that a friend of mine, Ravi Reddy, showed me that he does for his food prep. It’s actually elegantly simple. Ravi prepares all of his meals in one crockpot the night before and then brings this with him to work then next day. I’ve actually used his exact recipe and experimented with this and it’s quite good. It includes 2 pounds of lean ground beef, 2 pound of sweet potatoes, 1 pound of sweet onions, 1 pound of broccoli, 1 pound of spinach and some amazing Indian spices.
So I decided to take this idea a step further. So let’s say you eat chicken breast, broccoli and sweet potato for most if not all of your meals. Why not place them in a crockpot before you go to bed and then simply portion it out into Tupperware the next morning when you wake up and run out the door?
There’s another important benefit here that has been discussed on the show several times and that’s the value of slow-cooking. High heat cooking accumulates advanced glycation end-products in animal proteins and makes normally harmless and healthy fats turn into trans-fats. Low heat slow cooking solves both of these problems. And slow cooking while you sleep means you’re not spending a lot of time standing around waiting for foods to cook.
I think if you give your crockpot a chance to help in your food prep you’ll find that much of the drudgery of food preparation is completely eliminated. And if you don’t have a crockpot you can find a variety of them at places like Target and Walmart for as little as $20 for a large 7 quart sized one.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Do you already do this? Feel free to share your favorite recipes with the rest of us.
This is the same recipe above without the 2 pounds of sweet potatoes for a low carb version
And ready to go to work in literally minutes