Nutrition Month (part 4): Give Your Meal a Makeover!

We’ve reached the grand finale of Laura’s Nutrition Month series (it’s been a wild ride, here’s part 1, part 2, and part 3). Thanks so much to Laura for being such a great guest blogger, and here’s her fourth and final installment of her ode to National Nutrition Month®:

Registered Dietician, Laura

Registered Dietician, Laura

Chili is a delicious way to enjoy a meal that is high in fiber and protein but low in fat. Unfortunately, canned chili is loaded with salt. A typical canned chili con carne with beans has over 1,000 mg of sodium (salt) in a one cup serving. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends no more than 1500 mg of sodium per day for most adults. Even with very fuzzy math, you really can’t make that cup of chili work into the dietary guidelines.But chili doesn’t need all that salt to taste fantastic. Here’s a staff favorite recipe for chili with our Healthy Life Committee stamp of approval. One cup of this chili has only 370 mg of sodium, so you can enjoy a big serving! 

Hint: If eating beans give you gas, try taking a digestive enzyme that includes alpha-galactosidase which helps break down certain complex carbohydrates the human body can’t break down on its own.

Easy Crock Pot Chili

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