Do you only think of your slow-cooker during those colder months? Well, dust off those crock pots and give them another look because we’ve rounded up 21 warm weather recipes to keep you feeling light during bikini season! These slow cooker recipes are no-hassle solutions for cooking up some of your best dishes in a breeze—so you can worry about more important things, like when you’re heading the beach! Not totally ready to shed your layers? Check out these 35 Instant Weight-Loss Secrets to start flattening your stomach today.
Barley Bean Tacos
Nutrition: 149 calories, 2.8 g fat, .6 g saturated fat, 86 mg sodium, 25.3 g carbs, 6.4 g fiber, 1.8 g sugars, 7.2 g protein (calculated without serving ingredients)
This vegetarian taco is a delicious and healthy way to spend a warm night in the backyard. Filled with black beans, tomatoes, and barley, there’s no shortage of health benefits or flavor coming from this dish! Barley is one of the best carbs to help suppress your appetite since this stuff is booming with soluble fiber (the kind that’s sure to keep you fuller longer). Aside from that, it’s also a great source of manganese, copper, vitamin B1, and magnesium. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that barley has tons of positive effects on cholesterol and can help maintain friendly bacteria in the digestive system. What an impressive grain! For more foods that work harder for you, find out these 30 Best-Ever Fat-Burning Foods.
Get the recipe from Cook Nourish Bliss.
Banana Coconut Milk Oatmeal
Nutrition: 215 calories, 8 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 40 mg sodium, 34 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 11 g sugars, 3 g protein (calculated with 2 tbsp. Maple syrup, without butter)
Although this slow cooker steel-cut oatmeal can make you feel like you’re in paradise any time of the year, it’s a perfectly light treat to indulge in during those warmer months. Instead of the brown sugar opt for a low glycemic sweetener like date paste or maple syrup and omit the artery clogging butter. For more oatmeal recipes, check out these 50 Overnight Oats Recipes for Weight Loss!
Get the recipe from The Yummy Life.
Nutrition: 310 calories, 2.9 g fat, .7 g saturated fat, 1076 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 6.4 g fiber, 9.3 g sugars, 37.8 g protein
There’s nothing like a day at the ocean when the weather is warm and the sun is shining. Why not continue that feel-good moment at the dinner table with a fresh seafood stew made with your favorite seafood. Check out Every Popular Fish —Ranked For Nutritional Benefits! to see which you should be choosing.
Get the recipe from Slow Cooker Gourmet.
Nutrition: 311 calories, 11.3 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 650 mg sodium, 5.4 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 2.6 g sugars, 45.1 g protein
If you’re looking to make a meal infused with flavor that everyone will love, look no further! Forget slaving over the stove and get a perfectly flavored chicken with this two-ingredient, no-fuss recipe! The prep is simple— toss your favorite salsa (we suggest one without any added sugars or artificial ingredients) and chicken breasts into the slow cooker and allow it to cook for about 4 hours. Voila! You’ve got yourself a meal packed with protein and juiciness.
Get the recipe from Gimme Some Ovebn.
Nutrition: 33 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 1 mg sodium, 9 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 0 g protein (calculated with 12 cups of chopped apples)
No way, a homemade applesauce made without any fuse? Yes, way! This is a hands-free, just simply throw apples into a crockpot and leave to cook until the apples have completely softened. Blend to desired consistency and that’s all!
Get the recipe from The Gracious Wife.
Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
Nutrition: 315 calories, 15 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 391 mg sodium, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 21 g sugars, 21 g protein
Put a tropical spin on your average BBQ sauce with the help of some nutrient rich pineapple. Combined with juicy pulled pork, this is a definite warm weather staple. A single cup of pineapple provides 76 percent of your daily recommended intake of manganese—a mineral that’s been found to help strengthen bones, produce collagen and control blood sugar. Plus, making a homemade barbecue sauce is far better than reaching for one of those big brand names that are filled with refined sugar and artificial additives.
Get the recipe from Five Heart Home.
Nutrition: 310 calories, 9 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 257 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 8 g fiber, 16 g sugars, 31 g protein
This recipe is filled with good-for-you ingredients and loaded with tons of vitamins. Completely Paleo friendly and grain free, these stuffed peppers use cauliflower to substitute rice, which is typically called for. Cauliflower is a powerhouse veggie that can be used in a variety of ways and the perfect way to lighten up a dish. You can also use any color pepper but go for red if you’re a lover of that sweet flavor!
Get the recipe from Civilized Caveman Cooking.
Nutrition: 135 calories, 7.4 g fat, 2.4 g saturated fat, 264 mg sodium, 7.2 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 4.3 g sugars, 10.5 g protein
Low in calories, light in texture and loaded with protein, this slow cooker omelet is the go-to Spring time breakfast. You can add any fresh veggies of your liking and simply combine with eggs and spices and throw it right into the crock pot, no hassle. It’s painless to make and will leave you without any of that dreaded guilt from a carb heavy breakfast.
Get the recipe from Diethood.
Chicken Taco Bowls
Nutrition: 339 calories, 8 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 279 mg sodium, 46 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 4 g sugars, 16 g protein
Skip those extra carbs and have yourself a taco minus the shell! These taco bowls are filled with wholesome ingredients and some pretty amazing textures. And the roasted purple sweet potatoes are more than just an eye-pleaser, they’re an excellent source of vitamin C and low on the glycemic index. Don’t stress if you can’t find the purple kind, though, orange will do just fine and has major health benefits, too! Meal prep by making a big batch of this on Sunday and you’ll have enough to enjoy for the whole week.
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
German Potato Salad
Nutrition: 262 calories, 3 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 167 mg sodium, 54 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 5 g protein
There’s no such thing as a backyard barbecue without the side dishes like this potato salad! This recipe is a hot dish but feel free to stick it in the fridge for a few and have yourself the perfect plate to bring to your next outing. Did you know that cooling potatoes after they’ve been roasted actually turns their starches from digestible to resistant? This means they’ll leave you feeling fuller longer and fuel your healthy gut bacteria. Potatoes are naturally fat, sodium and cholesterol free making them a great addition to any array. A single medium-sized potato is considered on the most potassium-rich foods out there, so get yourself a dose with this easy slow cooker recipe.
Get the recipe from The Magical Slow Cooker.
Light Berry Crisp
Nutrition: 198 calories, 6 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 4 mg sodium, 38 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 18 g sugars, 5 g protein (calculated without ice cream)
There’s nothing like coming home to a refreshing bowl of fresh fruit on a warm day. Fruits like raspberries and blueberries are antioxidant rich and sure to give you that kick of energy. Use a granola like Purely Elizabeth that uses no GMO’s, natural sweeteners and is totally gluten-free. Top with a homemade coconut whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla yogurt to get that touch of creaminess.
Get the recipe from The Magical Slow Cookers.
Spinach Artichoke and Kale Dip
Nutrition: 98 calories, 4 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 245 mg sodium, 5 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 6 g protein
Here’s you classic spinach artichoke dip with a bit of a healthy twist. With the addition of belly shrinking kale and Greek yogurt, you can really get some extra nutrients in without risking any of that delicious flavor. Use it as a dip for celery and carrots or smear it on your favorite sammie, there’s no wrong way to enjoy this. It’s hard to control your portions when indulging in dips so make sure to pre-portion some on an individual plate before digging right into the bowl and finding yourself five servings deep. Love kale? Discover 20 Fresh Tips for How to Cook Kale to make the most of this superfood!
Get the recipe from Slender Kitchen.
Vegan White Bean Stew
Nutrition: 68 calories, 2 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 34 mg sodium, 10 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g sugar, 2 g protein
“Beans, beans, the magical fruit”… and that’s not just an old saying, it’s actually true! Beans are a superfood loaded with protein, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can benefit your brain and your muscles. This recipe is a super simple way to stay healthy without all the extra thinking. To get even more goodness in your bowl eat it cooled over a bed of quinoa or a pulse pasta for dinner.
Get the recipe from Cafe Johnsonia.
Nutrition: 447 calories, 14 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 1093 mg sodium, 67 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 15 g sugars, 19 g protein
Lasagna is a comfort food sure to fill you up. This veggie lasagna is made with hearty summer vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, tomato, corn and onions that’ll have you forgetting your not eating meat. If you’re looking to lower the carb intake just swap out the lasagna noodles for more vegetables by thinly slicing them long ways!
Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Nutrition: 424 calories, 15 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, 651 mg sodium, 40 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 15 g sugars, 29 g protein
Using greens like Romaine lettuce is a great way to lower the carbs by skipping bread plus it adds a crunchy bite to the dish. If you thought the only way to eat healthy with chicken was boring, you haven’t tried these. These Asian style chicken lettuce wraps are refreshing and so easy to throw together with a ton of bold flavors. Since they’re easy to assemble, they’re perfect to pack up and bring to a picnic or to go watch the sunset.
Get the recipe from Cooking Classy.
Peaches and Cream Steel-Cut Oats
Nutrition: 300 calories, 20 g fat, 16 g saturated fat, 45 mg sodium, 30 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 13 g protein
As the warm weather approaches, some of our most-loved fruits come out of hiding and take center stage to our dearest dishes. Peaches are the perfect sweet treat to indulge in, especially combined with the breakfast favorite— steel-cut oatmeal. Combined with rich, creamy coconut milk and you’ve got yourself a delish breakfast or special treat that won’t break the diet. If you’re more of a freezer babe, then don’t miss these 18 Tips for How to Make Frozen Oatmeal Cups.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven.
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Bowls
Nutrition: 344 calories, 13 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 935 mg sodium, 32 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 6 g sugars, 30 g protein
Skip the fast-food joint bowls and make your own at home with these buffalo chicken bowls. They’re a fiesta of black beans, avocado, corn, tomatoes and chicken covered in spicy and creamy dressing. Can you say yum? Avocado and black beans bring a great balance of good-for-you fats that help you lose weight and keep it off.
Get the recipe from Pretty Providence.
Roasted Pear Crumble
Nutrition: 210 calories, 3 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 3 mg sodium, 47 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 30 g sugars, 2 g protein
This naturally sweetened dessert is one you don’t have to feel guilty about. Cooking pears in heat brings out an extra dose of sweetness that is perfect to satisfy those cravings and won’t kill those summer body goals.
Get the recipe from My Whole Food Life.
Nutrition: 341 calories, 14 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 89 mg sodium, 25 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 17 g sugars, 29 g protein
Salmon is the golden child of seafood. Wild caught salmon is exploding with omega-3s, a healthy fat that helps boost metabolism and burn calories. Make sure to avoid the farm-raised kind that tends to have dyes added to them and too many omega-6s. To see what else is hiding in farm-raised salmon, check out 8 Reasons You Should Never Order the Salmon.
Get the recipe from Get Crocked.
BBQ Chicken Quinoa
Nutrition: 485 calories, 4 g fat, 1 g saturated fat, 680 mg sodium, 68 g carbs, 7 g fiber, 24 g sugars, 35 g protein
What says warm weather more than BBQ? Not much, and this one require no grill either! Quinoa and chicken are both great sources of protein that will keep you full and satisfied. They also pack in some other major vitamins and nutrients that we should always be squeezing into our diet (so we don’t have to be squeezing into those shorts)!
Get the recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
Mexican Corn on the Cob
Nutrition: 220 calories, 10 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 321 mg sodium, 28 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 8 g sugars, 9 g protein
Corn on the cob is a summertime staple once the grills are uncovered and the pools are open. Corn contains resistant starch, a type of carb that the body isn’t able to absorb as much of the calories or glucose from meaning that they are less likely to be stored as fat. Instead of using mayo or butter go for Greek yogurt or olive oil, a main food in the waist-whittling Mediterranean Diet.
Get the recipe from Thirty Handmade Days.