10 WAYS THE INSTANT POT CAN IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH

The fact that this single appliance can do the work of seven already has us sold, but it’s also got the added bonus of helping us eat healthier. Once you learn how to use all those settings, the Instant Pot makes it insanely easy to throw together a nutritious meal, minus a pile of dirty pots and pans.

1 THERE’S NO EXCUSE NOT TO MAKE A HOME-COOKED MEAL.

Getting home late thanks to a crazy week at work? This kitchen appliance operates on your schedule, so whether you need it to keep your dinner warm until you walk through the door at 9pm or to whip something up in 20 minutes, it’s got your back.

2 OATMEAL BECOMES AS EASY AS CEREAL.

It can be tempting to pour yourself a quick bowl of cereal before heading to the office, especially when some healthier breakfast options require time at the stove. But steel cut oats, which can take upwards of 30 minutes to cook normally, can be make in less than 5 in the Instant Pot. Is this thing magic?

3 IT’S MAKING VEGGIES GREAT AGAIN.

The many cooking settings on an Instant Pot allow you to infuse flavor into fresh vegetables in record time, so you’ll definitely be down to eat more of them. Fluffy, steamed sweet potatoes and braised kale sound way better than a microwaved bag of frozen peas.

4 YOU’LL HAVE PLENTY OF HEARTY MEATS IN YOUR DIET.

Big cuts of meat can be time consuming and sometimes just downright intimidating to home cooks. But when the press of a button yields fall-off-the-bone lamb shanks or tasty short ribs, the challenge isn’t nearly as scary. That means an exciting variety of proteins beyond plain, old chicken breasts.

5 IT’LL CURE WHAT AILS YOU.

If you feel some sniffles coming on, this appliance is as good a place to turn as your medicine cabinet. You can easily whip up comforting chicken soup, thick stews and even homemade bone broth at home so you can start feeling better fast.

6 MEAL PLANNING IS A CINCH.

Thinking ahead about your meals is a key to healthy eating, and this thing is a dream when it comes to making perfect, prepped lunches. Put on a big batch of brown rice or quinoa to use as the base for your meal, then forget about it while you cook other components at the stove.

7 SMART SNACKING IS IN YOUR HANDS.

Greek yogurt, applesauce and hummus seems like perfectly healthy snack ideas on their own, but when you have an appliance on hand that allows you to make them from scratch, you have even more control over what’s in them. You can ensure your homemade version it free of added sugars and preservatives.

8 IT WILL HELP YOU STICK WITH WHOLE 30.

If you’re following this short-term diet plan, you might find yourself endlessly waiting for veggies to roast in the oven in order to fill out your ingredient-restricted meals. Who’s got time for that every night for a full month? Luckily, the Instant Pot cuts down cook time and prevents you from getting hangry.

9 YOU’LL UP YOUR EGG INTAKE.

Hard-boiled eggs are great for a quick protein boost, and Instant Pot users have found that they can cook eggs to perfection with literally zero effort. In 20 minutes they emerge perfectly peelable and with no crumbly yolks in sight.

10 DESSERT WON’T SABOTAGE YOUR DIET.

Yes, you can make impressive sweets like chocolate lava cake, key lime pie and cheesecake right in your Instant Pot, and though not all desserts will work, you have the freedom to choose low-fat recipes that don’t go overboard on the sugar.

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