THE BEST CHILI RECIPE UPGRADE

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My husband's best chili recipe. Photo/B.YarnellThe best chili recipe in our house is my husband's. No matter what I try, even his recipe, I can't come close. Infuriating.

Sixty to 70 percent of the calories in chili come from the ground beef. Switch from 80/20 ground beef to 95/5 ground beef and cut 98 calories per serving. Keep reading to see what a modest reduction in portion sizes can do and why chili should be included in your healthy dinner recipes...

REGULAR PORTION SIZES (80/20 Ground Beef)
Chili w/beans = 402 calories

25% REDUCED PORTION SIZES
Chili w/beans = 302 calories

CALORIES SAVED = 100

Make a similar portion size adjustment every day for a year and lose 10 pounds with no other changes to your diet or exercise activity. OR, try this...

REGULAR PORTION SIZES (95/5 Ground Beef)
Chili w/ beans = 304 calories

25% REDUCED PORTION SIZES
Chili w/beans = 228 calories

CALORIES SAVED w/95/5 Ground Beef Version = 76

Make a similar portion size adjustment every day for a year and lose almost 8 pounds with no other diet or exercise changes.

Russell's Best Chili recipe w/spaghetti, cheddar cheese and onions. Photo/B.YarnellChili on 1 ounce of spaghetti topped with shredded
cheddar cheese and chopped onions.
What I couldn't finish, about 25% of the serving.What I couldn't finish, about 25%. Doesn't look like much, does it?

This is a switch my friend in Chicago made with excellent results...

80/20 GROUND BEEF -- Regular Portion Sizes
402 calories

95/5 GROUND BEEF -- 25% Reduced Portion Sizes
w/spaghetti, cheddar cheese and onions
228 calories

CALORIES SAVED = 174

Make a similar portion size adjustment everyday for a year and lose 18 pounds with no other diet or exercise changes. Not a bad way to turn easy ground beef recipes, like chili, into healthy and satisfying meals. Cut the fat, keep the flavor.

BONUS TIP

The easiest way to cut calories in chili is to reduce the amount of fat from the meat you use. Find your happy balance between cutting fat and taking all the fun out of eating -- then apply a modest portion reduction. This is what worked for my clients, it can work for you, too.


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