The low-carb lifestyle is not just about eliminating bad carbohydrates and eating fewer carbs overall—it’s also about eating protein that fuels the body, including lean muscle, so you look fit and feel fabulous. We’re sharing 9 low-carb, high-protein crock pot recipes to add to your meal plan.
Living the low-carb lifestyle is about choosing to eat fewer carbohydrates and, when you do eat carbs, choosing to eat healthy ones. Good carbohydrates include many clean-eating foods, particularly non- or minimally-processed fruits and vegetables, seeds, legumes, and whole grains. For additional ideas for low-carb recipes, check out 10 Clean & Lean Low-Carb Lunches and 7-Day Low-Carb Menu Plan.
But when you’re losing weight or making the choice to live healthier, it’s not enough to simply get rid of processed carbs and choose nutritious low-carb recipes; you also need to add foods that nourish the body, provide energy, and nurture lean muscle.
That’s why high-protein dishes are a smart choice when you’re making changes to your lifestyle. Protein, one of the building blocks of a healthy cell, is a critical nutrient to consume because the body doesn’t store it. While individual needs may vary, in general, adult women who aren’t pregnant or nursing should consume about 46 grams per day.
1. Slow Cooker Lower-Carb Cabbage Roll Stew
With 14 grams of carbs and 17 grams of protein, this comfort food-inspired recipe is a smart choice when you’re losing weight or taking charge of your health.
2. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
This recipe is a SkinnyMs. fan favorite–and it’s no surprise. It offers 26 grams of lean muscle-nourishing protein and just 5 grams of carbohydrates. Oh, and did we mention how embarrassingly simple it is to prepare?!
3. Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Turkey Sausage
Simple, tasty, and kid-approved, this is one of those low-carb recipes that the family may not even realize is “healthy.” It provides 24 grams of protein and 13 grams of carbohydrates.
4. Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Indulge in that southern flavor you love with high-protein dishes like this one, which delivers 28 grams of protein and 15 grams of carbs per serving.
5. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Crock pot recipes like this one make eating healthy foods a dinner option any day of the week.
6. Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef
Italian flavor makes this a low-carb recipes winner–just 9 grams of carbohydrates plus 26 grams of protein.
7. Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Turkey Stew
With just the right combo of sweet and tangy, crock pot recipes like this one will make it hard to believe you’re eating the healthy way. This slow cooker dish has 33 grams of protein and only 14 grams of carbs per serving.
8. Slow Cooker Beef Curry
Simply toss in the ingredients, and in about 7 to 8 hours you’ll enjoy a flavorful meal that offers 28 grams of protein and 5 grams of carbohydrates.
9. Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros
Say “goodbye” to the grease that comes with traditional Greek takeout and treat yourself to high-protein dishes like this one, which delivers 23 grams of protein and just 10 grams of carbs in each serving.
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