Pulled Taco Chicken
Clean chicken breasts and place them at the bottom of the slow cooker in a single layer.
Add cilantro, onions, lime juice, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt and pepper to the slow cooker.
Pour an entire jar of salsa over chicken. Use a spoon to cover the chicken breast completely.
Turn the slow cooker on low and cook for 5 to 6 hours. Stir every 30 minutes beginning at hour 4 to break up chicken breast.
Serve on a tortilla or over salad greens and top with favorite taco toppings.
Meal prep is an essential part of the athlete’s lifestyle. As athletes, we are constantly using up the fuel – food – we put into our bodies. Thus, being prepared with pre-and post-workout fuel, as well as adequate snacks to maintain energy, is the foundation for a successful nutrition plan.
Meal Prep Tips
Prep time on Sundays (or another day that works for your schedule) makes it that much easier for an athlete on the go to choose a meal or snack that provides energy and nutrients required to perform. Use the time to chop, portion, and cook any food for the week. During football season, Sunday morning is also a great time to get your Sunday evening meal ready before the big games.
The trick with prep is to get as many meals and snacks portioned out and ready to eat as possible, with carbohydrates, proteins, and fats all accounted for. The healthiest choice can also be the easiest choice. One of my go-to kitchen tools for making large quantities of healthy meals is the slow cooker. Even a small 4.5qt slow cooker can provide three to four healthy meals for two people. They come as cheap as $20.00 and vary in size. It is so simple to throw some ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on low, and have dinner ready within six to eight hours. Nothing better than knowing something else is doing the work for you.
A few of my go-to slow cooker recipes include poultry (turkey or chicken) and no more than ten other ingredients. The following recipes provide an ample amount of lean proteins and can be served with greens, avocado, and veggies for a complete meal loaded with all of your macronutrients. Any of the following recipes can substitute poultry for ground beef or other meats. Actual cook times may vary.
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