Slow Cookers: A Must-Have for Healthy Eating

By Amy Campbell | January 12, 2009 3:32 pm

Before I delve into this week’s topic, I just wanted to comment on last week’s survey results. The survey, entitled "Small Changes"[1] was based upon my post last week about small steps you can make to better manage your diabetes. More than 1,000 votes were cast, which is great! Also, I noticed that most people chose to set a goal to check their blood glucose two hours after meals more often, take their medication as prescribed by their provider, or keep appointments with their providers.

To some, these goals may appear too easy or insignificant. Yet, it’s often these “simple” management steps that can be the most challenging to follow through on. So congratulations to all who took the survey. And as we move forward through 2009, let me know how you’re doing with your goal!

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Many of us resolve to eat healthier, especially when the New Year rolls around. However, healthier eating sometimes requires a little bit of work — making sure you have the right ingredients on hand, taking the time to prepare the meal, and cooking the meal in a healthful way. Well, if you haven’t done so already, give slow cooking a try.

OK, I admit that the concept of slow cooking can dredge up memories of “Crock-Pots” from the 1970’s (my mother still has hers — in Harvest Gold, too!). Stifle the snickers and keep an open mind. Crock-Pots have morphed into slow cookers, and these kitchen tools are just the ticket for easy, healthy cooking. My mother gave me a slow cooker a few years ago for Christmas, and I’ve turned into a big fan.

Slow cookers come in several sizes, ranging from one-quart models (great for one or two people) to 12-quart models (good for a large family or cooking for a crowd). Most major kitchen and cooking companies have their version of a slow cooker, including All-Clad, Cuisinart, KitchenAid, and Hamilton Beach. They come in different colors, as well, to coordinate with your kitchen color scheme.

Why Use a Slow Cooker?

Tips for Slow-Cooking Success

Resources
You can try this DSM recipe for “Slow-cooked Southwestern chicken chili.”[2]

You can sign up for Prevention magazine’s free “Slow Cooker Smarts” newsletter for recipes and tips here[3].

Check out these cookbooks for easy, healthy recipes:

And if you’re a slow cooker fan, please share tips and recipe ideas with us!

Endnotes:
  1. "Small Changes": http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/survey/Small_Changes
  2. “Slow-cooked Southwestern chicken chili.”: http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/recipes/Poultry/Slow_cooked_Southwestern_chicken_chili
  3. here: http://www.prevention.com/cda/article/get-slow-cooker-savvy/2979995ae92e8110VgnVCM20000012281eac____/nutrition.recipes/nutrition.basics/

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Amy Campbell: Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Amy was formerly a Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She is currently the Director of Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures. Amy has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

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