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Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili Recipe

Turkey Chili Recipe

This recipe is from one of my clients and it is an all time favorite of mine that I’ve passed along to many others. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2.5 lbs 99% Fat Free Ground Turkey
  • 1/2 Cup Onions, chopped
  • 1 pkg. Organic Spice Chili Seasoning Mix (you can find it in the aisle where the ethnic foods are sold.)
  • Extra Large Can of Tomato Sauce
  • Extra Large Can of Diced Tomatoes, no salt added
  • 1 12 oz can Black Beans (OR 1 Cup Cooked Brown Rice)
  • 4 Ounces Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated (for garnish)

Preparation:

In a large pot or skillet, saute onions in 1 Tbsp Olive Oil. Add ground turkey and cook until no longer pink. Add seasonings and remaining ingredients. Simmer to blend the flavors, or hold in a crock pot until ready to eat. Serve with 1/2 ounce of sharp cheddar cheese on top. Other low calorie toppings you can use are chopped scallions or cilantro.

This Chili has a balance of protein, carbohydrates & fat – a complete meal!

  • Makes approximately 8 Servings
  • Serving Size: approximately 1.5 cups
  • Calories per Serving: 250
  • Protein per Serving: 24 grams
  • Carbs per Serving: 22 grams
  • Fat per Serving: 5.5 grams
What Is Clean Eating?

What Is Clean Eating?

What is Clean Eating?

I’ve used the term, “Eating Clean” for a long time. I didn’t even realize how common it had become until I saw the Clean Eating Magazine, which delighted me! Clean Eating means eating a diet that is made of Natural and Unprocessed Foods, free of added sugars, refined grains and other additives. When you eat a “Clean” diet the focus will be on fruits, vegetables, means and healthy fats in their most natural and unprocessed form  That used to be pretty easy. Just cut out the refined carbs (sugar and flour) and processed food and get back to basics eating REAL food, as close to the way mother nature made it as possible. Well, as our commercial food supply has evolved things have gotten a little more complicated. How so yu may ask?

Now, in order to get the “cleanest” most nutritious foods, the way mother nature intended us to have them, in addition to sugar & sweeteners (that go by a lot of different names—read my article on Sneaky Sugars in My Pantry), and refined wheat and wheat products (and wheat has become way over hybridized), there is GMO food, a ton of pesticides and much of our meat is raised and produced in a manner that doesn’t support or honor the life of the animal and we end up consuming the result of animals being raised in CAFO’s (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) which have been fed on GMO corn and popped full of hormones and antibiotics that are passed on to us in their meat or dairy products. Over the last 3 decades more and more people are becoming allergic, intolerant or sensitive to many of these mass produced crops. More and more of our population is becoming sensitive, intolerant or allergic to these over-hybridized, GMO crops, most of which by the way are subsidized by our government, which makes them CHEAP to produce. So … what t do? I’m going to lead you through some information and some steps that you can follow.

Instead of eating pizza, pasta, bread, cereals and fried foods, a clean diet will consist of meals like steamed broccoli and grilled chicken, omelets, steak, baked potato and salads with dressings made with healthy fats. In essence, it’s going back to how we used to eat before there were grocery stores packed full of processed foods, ready to serve microwavable meals, and fast food restaurants on every corner.

The idea behind eating clean is to get back to consuming fresh, unprocessed foods that are nutrient dense. In my mind, this includes avoiding foods with GMO products, added sweeteners, and foods that have been irradiated so they don’t spoil while they get shipped from other parts of the world to our local grocer. It may be impossible to eat local or organic foods exclusively, but the more you can, the healthier and more nutritious your food will be. The main reason for choosing to stick to a clean eating diet is to support your optimal health. As an aside, eating in this way also supports our local growers and farmers who grow crops and raise animals in a healthier environment, and in the end this supports having a healthier planet.

How “clean” you make your diet is up to you. You have a lot of choices here. To some, eating clean may mean that they only consume completely unprocessed foods. Others may reduce or eliminate all food products with refined grains and added sugars and sweeteners. I’ve got a new definition and option for you. Pick 30 days, and eliminate all grains, legumes, dairy products & sweeteners. Yep, this will pretty much eliminate all processed foods, and most refined carbohydrates. In addition, it will eliminate most foods that are causing symptoms due to an intolerance or sensitivity that you may not even realize you have. This will eliminate not only all sweeteners, but corn & corn products, wheat & wheat products, soybeans, peanuts, vegetable oils. You may already be asking, “So what will be left that I can eat?” Just wait and see. There are so many really delicious food options to explore, and since I tried doing this I’ve discovered that I’m eating a more varied and delicious assortment of healthy foods. I’m naturally eating more protein, healthier fats and a bigger diversity of fruits and vegetables than before. You’ll be filling your plate with plenty of raw or cooked vegetables, including potatoes or winter squash, delicious meats and rounding it out with healthy fats and a little fruit.

You may think it’s hard to find healthy snacks or meal replacements for when you are on-the-go, so I’m going to share with you some delicious options that I’ve found to keep in my Emergency Food Stash (EFS). My favorite meal replacement bars are now Rx Bars, with all REAL food; I’ve found some protein bars and sticks with REAL meat (EPIC Bars and Chomps Sticks, for an example), small packages of olives (for fats), and of course dried fruits, nuts and seeds. Most of these options even are organic, non-GMO, or come from Grass Fed Animals! When it comes to drinks, water and herbal teas are the best. I like to infuse my water with fruit. My favorite infusion is to add one slice each of lemon and orange to a 28 oz mason jar of water. Black coffee is another good choice (only it does not count towards your daily water intake since it is a diuretic), and I’ve found a couple of good non-dairy creamers. My favorite is a product called NutPods.

It might take a few days to adjust, and you may even experience some symptoms as your body rids itself of all the added sugars and processed food products. Pretty soon though, you’ll be enjoying the benefits of eating delicious real food.

In addition to some of the resources I’m giving you in this article, I’m going to give you some ideas that may help you when you start to miss your favorite processed foods. You may think that packing a lunch is hard when making a sandwich isn’t an option. And how are you going to go without bread or your favorite pasta.

 

GMO’s Revealed

GMO’s Revealed

I knew GMO’s were Bad—”Real food is always better than Fake Food”

GMO crops and food products are anything BUT Natural or Safe!

From the site GMO’s Revealed:

I’m Watching the 9 Part Documentary! Sign up at GMOsRevealed.com Each part is only available for 24 hours. I missed day one, but day two has 12 more hours.

FACT: The National Center for Food and Agricultural Policy estimates that 85% of U.S. corn is genetically modified. Other widely modified crops include canola oil, alfalfa and sugar beets.

FACT: GMOs are banned in 27 countries. Also, in 61 countries foods must be labeled as being genetically modified – but not in the U.S.

FACT: Glyphosate, the chemical originally developed to de-scale pipes, boilers and metals, is now used to KILL plants. What’s more, it is found in 75% of processed foods.

Global Leaders in the fields of medicine, law, agriculture and politics share their unique expertise as they explain the complex relationship between bacteria, soil, and your body.

Discover how Big Agriculture and companies like Monsanto have drastically influenced agriculture in America, leading to corrupt, inhumane and toxic farming practices.

My Take on Things:

Thrive Marketplace has made the filming of this documentary possible. They provide non-GMO, organic and food & products. I checked them out, and they do a lot of other good things, too. Their goal is to make healthy, safe food available to all consumers. They have special programs for students, teachers, low income families & more.  If we, as consumers, stop purchasing GMO foods and food products, the makers of these products will listen and stop producing these crops. Already, the damage done will take decades to revers itself. Think about it—every time you make a purchase you are “voting”. I want to support companies like this & help them create awareness about our food and food sources.

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Real Food Is Always Better Than Fake Food

Real Food Is Always Better Than Fake Food

Real Food and Real Results “Real Food is Always Better than Fake Food!” This has become my signature statement for choosing healthful and nutritious foods. Mother Nature knew what she was doing when she created our food supply. The closer you can get you food to the way Mother Nature created it, the more nourishing and healthier it will be for your body. This means whole grains, locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in season; foods that come without packaging or bar codes and only have one ingredient in them. Refined, processed and packaged foods, foods that have ingredients that you don’t recognize and can’t pronounce, foods that have additives and preservatives, or have been genetically altered (GMOs) or irradiated are not the best choices. If you choose real food over fake foods it will also eliminate the need for substitute foods such as diet sodas, low-fat dressings processed cheese food (not even real cheese). In general these diet foods have had something taken out of them and had it replaced with something even less healthy. So, whenever you have a question about the healthiest choice, or the latest fad, just remember: “Real Food is Always Better … “, and ask yourself, “How close is this food to the way Mother Nature created it?” One thing I’ve learned over the years is that our over-consumption of certain foods has made some individuals less tolerant of them. Add to that the fact that much of our supply of these foods has been genetically altered (GMO), they just are not as healthy and nutritious as they used to be. I learned a long time ago that although I am not “allergic” to wheat and wheat products that I feel much better when I avoid them. Don’t even get me started on food additives and preservatives. Many of us have “hidden” food intolerance or sensitivities to certain foods. These foods include wheat— which is not GMO but has been over hybridized—and all products containing wheat (even if it is whole grain), (corn and products derived from corn like corn syrup), peanuts and other legumes, soybeans and soy products (now mostly GMO) & dairy products (most cows consume GMO corn). I like the plan that I follow and recommend to others because it can “meet people where they are” with regard to food quality and what they are used to eating. However, the goal is to get people eating consistently in a way that manages their blood sugar, and when they start feeling better, cravings are reduced, and they are experiencing other positive results, it becomes easier and easier to make healthier choices. Virtually everyone, including fitness models, when they eat the highest quality meals will eliminate these foods from their diet when they want to be their leanest, healthiest and have optimal energy. My recent research shows that between 70-80 percent of the foods we purchase in stores have GMO foods in them. Top GMO’s include corn, soy, canola oil (rapeseed), cotton, milk, & sugar. And Aspartame comes from a GMO bacteria! YUCK! My achy joints stopped aching and my digestion and elimination is better when I don’t eat wheat, flour, pasta or any wheat containing foods. If you have a food intolerance or sensitivity you may not even know it. The easiest thing to do is to eliminate all of those foods that are suspect for 30 days and then try re-introducing them one at a time to see what effects they have.  

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