Superfood Chili

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.


Red Beans

  • 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


Onions

  • Rich in water-soluble vitamins C, Vitamin B6 & folate


Bell Peppers

  • 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


Tomatoes

  • 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.


Zucchini

  • 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.


Kale

  • 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


Bone Broth

  • Easily digestible source protein & fats

  • Rich in collagen & other amino acids

  • Good for joint health

  • Improves gut health & absorption of nutrients


Seasoning


This is my own concoction of:

  • Salt

  • Cyanne

  • Cumin

  • Chili powder

  • Garlic powder

  • Onion powder

  • Dried cilantro

  • 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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