October is National Chili Month, and what better time to enjoy a piping hot bowl of warming chili! It seems everyone has their own thoughts about what chili should be made with—beans, meat, or both can be a heated discussion among chili lovers. One thing is for sure…chili can be a healthy and filling meal
How do you keep your favorite chili recipe on the healthier side?
- If you do like your chili with meat, choose at least 93% lean ground beef or cubes of sirloin or round steak. Drain grease after browning.
- The more beans the better! They add protein and fiber, filling you up and keeping you feeling full longer!
- Try this white chili with chicken breast, green chilies, and white beans for a change.
- Choose low sodium or no-salt added canned tomatoes/paste and beans.
- Watch your toppings. Try fat free plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and load up with fresh cilantro or green onions. Use sharp cheddar for more flavor with a small amount.
- Sometimes convenience is a must! When choosing canned, prepared chili, look for the Dietitian’s Choice green tag like this option, to keep sodium at a reasonable level.
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