Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork + Food and Fitness Highlights

Hi Guys.  Almost missed this week’s weekly post.  Don’t worry, I didn’t forget.  I wanted to share some food and fitness highlights from the week because I’ve been eating a lot of good food, but for the sake of balance, I made this healthy slow cooker pulled pork (similar to last week’s recipe) and wanted to share it with you all!  I’ve been enjoying it with BBQ sauce on sandwiches and even in tacos with salsa and guacamole.  Before we dig in to the recipe, let me tell you what I’ve been up to!

Monday- I had the luxury of lunch time being free on Monday, so I decided to hit up Body Alive for their 12pm “Open Level Yoga Class.”  I’m still not super into yoga (yet), but I do appreciate how great the stretch feels, and it is nice to sweat out all my stress in the heated studio.  After class, I drove across the street to the gym for a quick couple of treadmill miles.

Tuesday- Tuesday night is when my marathon training group meets.  This week we ran from The Gruff in Covington, KY.  This week’s run was a brutal mix of running up and down hilly blocks downtown for a total of 5.5 miles.  It made the post-run pizza taste even more delicious!  Loved discovering this restaurant tonight; they give our running group a 10% discount after workouts.  They also offer free yoga on Saturday mornings before brunch with the same 10% offer.  So cool!

Wednesday- Nothing too crazy on the workout front Wednesday.  I got a lot of steps in at work, so I just hit up the gym for a quick session on the elliptical so I could make it to my dad’s birthday dinner downtown at the new burger restaurant, ZBGB.  The menu was incredibly adventurous and the service was great.  Unfortunately the prices won’t have me coming back any time soon.  If you want to learn more about my dining experience, check out my review on Yelp!

Thursday- In the morning, I decided to try out the Winter Shape Up Workout #1.  I did 2 rounds and it took about 19 minutes.  Perfect.  My running group, the Queen City Running Club, does a social run every Thursday evening from Braxton Brewing Co.  I invited a friend to join me for the run, and we did the 5 mile option at a steady, easy feeling pace.  It was good to catch up over the miles, and even more fun to enjoy some local beer with other runners after the workout.

Today- The plan is to do a circuit with the weights I have here at home.  I don’t want to do anything crazy before my long run tomorrow.  Speaking of that long run, the weather is actually supposed to be wonderful for January.  Can’t wait!

Now for the recipe!  Keep reading below for the step by step instructions to make my Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork.

Simple Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

3 lbs pork tenderloin
2 tablespoons taco seasoning
Salt and pepper
1 onion, sliced
1 can hard cider (I like this semi-dry local cider)

Step 1:  Cut the pork into 4-6 pieces.  Smaller pieces will cook quicker.  Pat the pork dry and season with taco seasoning, salt and pepper.

Step 2:  Slice the onion and layer on the bottom of your slow cooker.  Place the seasoned pork on top of the onions.

Step 3:  Pour the can of hard cider around the pork.  Turn the slow cooker on high and cook for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.  When pork is done, it will be fork tender.

Step 4:  When pork is done, pull meat out of the slow cooker and shred using a fork on a baking sheet.

Step 5:  Enjoy all week long!  I’ve dressed the meat with BBQ sauce and stuffed into sweet potatoes, made tacos, and even salads with coleslaw.  The opportunities are endless with this recipe.

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