18 Surprising Ways to Use a Slow Cooker

Learn more ways to put your slow cooker to work.

18 Surprising Ways to Use a Slow Cooker

Turn off those heavy-duty ovens and stovetops and turn on a slow cooker. Not only can you use your slow cooker to cook your favorite soups and stews, you can even make your own common household products. Here are some unexpected foods and products that you can prepare in your slow cooker!

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Baked Potatoes

Nothing beats a warm and buttery baked potato. Baking potatoes in your slow cooker is one of the easiest things you can do. In the morning, wrap up potatoes in foil and pack them into your slow cooker. Set it on low and let potatoes bake for 8-10 hours while you are out enjoying the day. When it’s time for dinner, remove the potatoes from the foil, split them in half, and then add the toppings of your choice. You can try this with sweet potatoes as well!

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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