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White Bean Chili…SLOWLY

One of the things I love about being a Health Coach is chatting with my friends about food!  In thinking about eating healthy people remember of all the yummy recipes they have in their vaults that are actually pretty darn HEALTHY!  If you have a delicious, healthy recipe email it to me, we are all in this together! 

This recipe comes from my friend Stephanie in Boise and the family INHALED it! We have now been making this for a few years and it is always a hit! Easy and full of flavor, and perfect for cold Fall days, especially when many of us are getting home late from work and kids activities.

Thanks Steph!

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White Bean Chili in the Crock Pot

Makes 8 servings

INGREDIENTS

Three (3) 15-oz. cans Great Northern beans, drained – (AKA cannellini beans)

8 oz. cooked and shredded chicken breasts, could also use cooked ground turkey (skip the chicken for a Vegan/Vegetarian option & add one more can of beans)

1 cup chopped onions

1 1/2 cups chopped red bell peppers

2 jalapeno chili peppers, stemmed, seeded, and chopped (optional/ and I used one small can)

2 garlic cloves, minced (or two Trader Joe’s frozen garlic cubes)

2 tsp. group cumin

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

3 1/2 cups chicken broth (use vegetable is going the vegan/vegetarian route)

sour cream

shredded cheddar cheese

tortilla chips

DIRECTIONS

1. Combine all ingredients except sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla chips in slow cooker.

(If you are going to be around you can add the onions and peppers about 1 hour before completion for a bit more crunch)

2. Cover. Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High 4-5 hours.

3. Ladle into bowls and top individual servings as desired: sour cream, greek yogurt, cheese, cilantro, lime wedges, chopped tomatoes, diced red onion, guacamole and chips.

Enjoy!

The 411 on the White Bean Chili: Calories 193/ Fat 3g/Fiber 6g/Protein 21g

Beets

Easy Prep

Buy them, drop them in a pan of water, boil until a fork can easily poke into the beet. Let cool in a colander. Once cooled use a paper towel to rub off the skin, cut the top & bottom off and prep for your recipe. Easy!

The Benefits of Beets

(from Dr. Mercola)

1.Lower Your Blood Pressure

Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.3

The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

2.Boost Your Stamina

If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer.4 The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.

3.Fight Inflammation

Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.5 As reported by the World’s Healthiest Foods:6

“[Betaine’s]… presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for other body systems.”

4.Anti-Cancer Properties

The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.7

5.Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

6.Detoxification Support

The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.