Updated: Dec 30, 2020
It’s chilly outside so I’m making chili in the kitchen. Today I’m going to pack my soup pot with superfoods, lean protein, and some of my favorite spices. Chili, soups, and stews are perfect for warming up your body, filling up your belly, and packing in tons of nutrients in the process.
Today, I’m doing a red chili with ground beef & veggies in a tomato-based sauce.
Check out the ingredients I used below.
Grass-Fed Organic Ground Beef
Great source of protein
Grass-fed beef is generally lower in fat than conventional beef
Has 5x the heart-healthy omega-3s as conventional beef
High in essential minerals like iron, zinc, and selenium.
High in fiber
King of antioxidants
Higher in antioxidants than wild blueberries or any other common fruit or veggie
Read more about Antioxidants here Taste the Rainbow
Rich in water-soluble vitamins C, Vitamin B6 & folate
So satisfying raw. A little sweet, a lot crunchy, and perfect for dipping
High in essential minerals like potassium & iron
Good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C & folate
That’s the second time I’ve mentioned folate
You may know folate from folic acid as a prenatal vitamin.
This B vitamin is needed to make red & white blood cells as well as bone marrow and DNA & RNA
Great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K
The best dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
Lycopene makes tomatoes red and gives other orange fruits and vegetables their color.
Processed tomatoes have the highest amounts of lycopene, but watermelon, pink grapefruit, bell peppers, and fresh tomatoes are also good sources.
Studies suggest that eating processed tomatoes with some oil or fat makes it easier for your body to absorb lycopene, compared to drinking raw tomato juice.
Rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that support eye health.
A diet rich in these compounds may reduce the risk of developing cataracts or other eye-related health problems.
Everyone knows kale is a superfood. My favorite way to eat it is roasted with some salt. I call it kale popcorn, most people call it kale chips.
Kale is also great in soup, stew, or chili. It floats around adding bulk and an astounding amount of nutrients.
Great source of the antioxidant betacarotene which is good for vision.
One serving of kale has 600% of the vitamin K the RDA says you need a day. Vitamin K is important for bone health & wound healing.
Kale is an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant, vitamin C
Easily digestible source protein & fats
Rich in collagen & other amino acids
Good for joint health
Improves gut health & absorption of nutrients
This is my own concoction of:
Dark cocoa powder
Organic unsweetened cocoa powder is low in sugar & fat while being a good source of the foundational amino acid, phenylalanine. Chocolate may elevate mood and give a similar feeling as falling in love. No wonder we like it so much.
Remember that eating well, doesn't have to suck.
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