Tailgate Chili Recipe

BEANS


Beans are a key ingredient in chili and hummus two foods that are perfect game-time snacks. Like other plant foods, beans are rich sources of protein, antioxidants, fiber and nutrients such as magnesium, folic acid and iron. Beans can help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol because of the soluble fiber (like that found in apples and oatmeal) they contain. Beans are bursting with health benefits but many of us don’t eat them very often. Try chickpeas in salad, black beans in rice and white beans in soups.

APPLES


Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Gala; these are just a few of the many different varieties of apples that are available in the Fall. Apples are Mother Nature’s own sweet, crisp, 100-calorie pack – a medium-sized fruit has just under 100 calories. But the benefi ts of apples don’t end there – they’re also packed with fi ber and disease-fi ghting antioxidants called fl avonoids which play a role in the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Now that’s something you can sink your teeth into!

ACORN SQUASH


Add a 1 cup serving of acorn squash to dinner and you’ll be giving your body a good dose of beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C, potassium and fiber for only 115 calories. Both beta-carotene and vitamin C are antioxidants that help to boost the immune system and may prevent against chronic diseases like cancer and heart disease. Lucky for us, it’s easy to add nutrient-rich acorn squash to our diets with so many choices available in the market ranging from whole, to pre-cut to frozen and pureed. Yum, yum, yum!

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