If you’re looking to lose weight, a balanced diet and exercise plan is key. As we all know, burning calories is an important part of your exercise plan. Think high intensity workouts, running and a lot of cardio. But did you know that there are ways to complement your cardio workout with your diet?
Cardio workouts are beneficial because they speed up your metabolism and help you burn calories faster. And there are also foods you can integrate into your diet to help the pace of your metabolism, plus fight inflammation to boost your workouts. Focus on ingredients that are rich in antioxidants and spices to get the results you want.
Try out some of our favorite crock pot recipes for a easy-to-make meal that will fight inflammation and boost your metabolism.
Diet-Friendly Anti-Inflammatory Crock Pot Recipes
1. Turmeric Chicken and Potatoes
Turmeric is a popular health food ingredient due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to flush out toxins and assist in fat loss efforts. The spice is filled with antioxidants and can even act as a natural mood booster. For a simple yet delicious dish, try this turmeric chicken recipe that you make with a side of potatoes.
Recipe: Sweet Phi
2. Broccoli Turmeric Slow-Cooker Soup
If you’re looking for a veggie-friendly option to incorporate turmeric into your diet, this broccoli soup is the one for you. It takes less than 15 minutes in prep time and cooks in four hours.
3. Cardamom-Orange Quinoa with Carrots
Another anti-inflammatory vegetarian recipe, this quinoa dish uses a different spice: cardamom. This spice is great for aiding in digestion, detoxifying the body and reducing inflammation. And paired with orange and served over quinoa, it makes for an excellent meal.
4. Turkey Chili
This recipe is spicy in a different way. Made with chili powder, cumin and jalapenos, this turkey chili is a great way to speed up that metabolism and keep warm. Plus it has a lot of beans, which are a great source of protein.
Recipe: Two Peas & Their Pod
5. Slow Cooker Anti-Inflammatory Soup
This anti-inflammatory soup is loaded with health benefits, from metabolism support to improving blood pressure. It is made with chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, onions and an array of spices like paprika, cumin, curry powder and turmeric, so you know it’s going to taste good.
Recipe: Recipes For A Better Life