Tuesday Trade Up: Chili

One Texas favorite that we all love to eat is chili. Many people enjoy making homemade chili but there are also some great chili options available at your grocery store! When selecting a chili, make sure to check the NuVal scores to ensure you are choosing the healthiest product for you and your family. These NuVal scores can help make sure that you can trade up to the best product. This week’s example is Amy’s Organic Chili. It is a combination of organic red beans and vegetables in a delicious, medium-spiced Mexican sauce. On top of being a great vegan option, it is typically much lower in fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, and sodium than most other chili products such as Wolf’s Brand Chili shown above. It is also one of the Dietitian Top Picks at Market Street.

Amy’s Organic Chili with Vegetables- NuVal score 44
Serving Size: 1 cup
Calories 230, Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 590mg, Carbohydrates 34g, Fiber 9g, Sugars 6g, Protein 10g
Ingredients: (Vegan) Organic red beans, organic onions, filtered water, organic bell peppers, organic potatoes, organic carrots, organic corn, organic rice flour, organic high oleic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic jalapeƱo peppers, organic spices, organic garlic, sea salt, organic black pepper.

Wolf Brand Chili with no beans- NuVal score 20
Serving Size: 1 cup             
Calories 400, Total Fat 28g, Saturated Fat 11g, Trans Fat 1.5g, Cholesterol 55mg, Sodium 950mg, Carbohydrates 19g, Fiber 5g, Sugars 2g, Protein 19g
Ingredients: Beef, Water, Tomato Puree (Water, Tomato Paste), Rolled Oats, Textured Soy Flour, Chile Pepper, Less Than 2% Of: Salt, Natural Flavor, Sugar, Caramel Color, Soy Lecithin, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Garlic Powder, Spice.

What are some other healthy chili brands that you have seen? Tell us about them! 

"Kristen is a guest blogger for Market Street. She is a Texas Woman’s University Dietetic Intern and graduate student working on her degree in nutrition. Kristen is a graduate of Texas Woman’s University and is originally from Muenster, Texas. She is currently developing her cooking skills and enjoying every learning experience. Kristen’s other hobbies include reading, exercising, spending time with her family, and shopping at Market Street! "

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