Time For A Cook Off! It’s National Chili Day

Time For A Cook Off! It’s National Chili Day

It makes sense that National Chili Day is the fourth Thursday in February because it is the perfect time of year to enjoy a warm bowl of chili. Some people like it hot, others like it mild, and there are the select few that like to put chili inside ice cream (they’re weird…we know). While there are various chili seasoning packets, which are high in sodium and other added flavorings, we encourage you to make your own chili spice blend!

 

Chili has many roots in different cultures, which is why there are many variations of this classic cook-off dish. For instance, a lot of Southwestern chili recipes will use green chilies for a little kick. Here’s an interesting fact: one green chili contains as much vitamin C as six oranges!

 

Chili Fact: If you make your chili extra spicy with hot peppers, it actually helps to increase the speed of your metabolism by triggering a thermodynamic burn.

 

Chili Powder:

The active ingredient in chili powder is capsaicin, which helps to boost the metabolism and burn fat. Despite the fact that many people associate chili powder with an upset stomach, it has been known to inhibit acid reflux and kill bacteria, which cause stomach ulcers. Chili powder also has potent anti-inflammatory properties, which help to increase blood flow and decrease swelling in stiff/sore joints.

 

To help you celebrate National Chili Day, we have three of our favorite chili recipes below. Let us know what you think if you make them!

 

Roasted Sweet Potato Vegan Chili:

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The subtle sweetness of the potatoes is the perfect balance to the array of vibrant spices that go into this chili. Then the roasted heat from the poblano hits your palate and you wonder, “Where has this been all my life?” Well, it’s here now and here to stay.

Click here to make the recipe.

 

A Vegan Chili That Will Boost Your Chili Game:

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This recipe boasts bold flavors that continue to entice your taste buds with every bite. Don’t be afraid to add whatever toppings you feel would go well with the chili. Cilantro is a great go-to option!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Raw Chili:

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We bet you didn’t think that chili was possible to eat on a raw foods diet. Well, eat it to believe it. It has robust flavors!

Click here to make the recipe.

 

Sources:

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-chili-day-fourth-thursday-in-february/

http://www.nationalchiliday.com/chili-history.html#.Wo3FAxPwaV4

http://www.everythingzoomer.com/health/2014/08/23/spice-life-benefits-chili-powder/

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