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8 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Soup Recipes You Need to Try This Winter

8 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Soup Recipes You Need to Try This Winter

Winter is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about some dense and delicious meals for those cold days. Of course, the slow cooker is the first thing that pops up in my mind when I think about winter recipes. I confess, I love my slow cooker because it allows me to mind my own businesses around the house, while the meals are cooking themselves. Stews and casseroles are notorious slow cooker meals, but I recently found out I can also make soups in my cooker!

However, these machines are pretty controversial, because many people argue the long cooking time destroys all the nutrients in the food. In fact, the low cooking temperature allows the food to preserve all its goodness from a nutritional point of view. However, you need to make sure you’ve picked the right slow cooker for your needs, as they come with plenty of features. The shape, the heating method and the lid material all count, so you need to be careful when picking the machine.

But once you’ve found the one, you can start slow cooking!

Now let’s check these 8 mouthwatering soup recipes you can make in your slow cooker!

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1. Beef and Barley Soup

The beef and barley soup has to be the ultimate comfort food, given the heavenly smell it releases during cooking. This is the perfect soup for a cold day, when all you want is to have is something rich and nutritious on the stove or in the crock pot.

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    2. A Famous Italian Sausage Soup

    This soup is going to conquer your soul forever, as it’s rich texture and mouthwatering taste are unique. It’s creamy and healthy, as it’s made with delicious Italian sausages, potatoes and kale. You can also add some grilled cheese croutons to it, to make it even more delicious.

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      3. Chicken, Rice and Broccoli Soup

      Have you ever thought of your favorite mix of chicken, broccoli and rice as a soup? Well, here it is: the creamy soup made from these simple ingredients is perfect for a relaxing dinner. Just toss all the ingredients in the slow cooker and forget about them for some time.

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        4. Black Bean and Avocado Soup

        I have to agree this is probably the most unexpected soup recipe in this list. Avocado in a winter soup? Well, why not! This recipe is a rainbow of colors and ingredients, topped with red peppers and some chili for a spicy kick. Which blends really well with the creamy, sweet taste of the avocado.

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          5. Chicken, Vegetables and Quinoa Soup

          When you are not sure what to cook, you can just go to the fridge, pick some simple, nutritional ingredients and toss them in the slow cooker. This is exactly how this recipe is done, which makes it very versatile. Pick the vegetables you have, some chicken (or another type of meat) and quinoa and forget about them in the slow cooker.

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            6. Beef and Kimchi Soup

            This is usually called a stew, but you can always turn it into a soup. What is really nice about this recipe is the kimchi is not as sour as in Korean dishes, which makes the soup a crowd pleaser.

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              7. Caramelized Pork Soup

              The best cure for cold, freezing rain days is noodle soup, but why not take it to another level? Take the noodles and add caramelized pork, some curry roasted squash and eggs and you will have an amazing recipe.

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                8. Cheesy Broccoli Soup

                After a hard day at work or downtown, shopping for Christmas, the best thing you can do is drink a warm soup. This broccoli and cheese recipe made in the slow cooker is both warming and delicious, so you can embrace it right away as your new favorite soup.

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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