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10.03.08
 

 
It's National Chili Month, peeps! And we KNOW you all love chili, because any time we put CHILLY (as in cold!) in an email title, we get a bazillion requests for CHILI! So here you go...   
BEST BUYS

From the supermarket to the drive-thru, HG's got your chili cravings covered...

Boca Meatless Chili

PER SERVING (one 9.5-oz. container): 150 calories, 1g fat, 650mg sodium, 25g carbs, 12g fiber, 6g sugars, 20g protein -- POINTS® value 2*


When it comes to store-bought chili, Boca is the best. You get a giant bowl of perfectly seasoned chili with meat-like soy crumbles... and did you see those stats?! These things are stocked in the freezer aisle, and they're a staple at the HG HQ. If your local grocery store doesn't carry them, INSIST that they start!!! (Really, the squeaky wheel gets the oil -- or in this case, the CHILI!)

Quiznos Chili

PER SERVING (1 cup without crackers): 140 calories, 7g fat, 620mg sodium, 12g carbs, 4g fiber, 4g sugars, 9g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

When the peeps at Quiznos made their nutritionals public last year, we were happy to learn that their hearty chili -- which is chock full of ground beef, red kidney beans, bell peppers, celery, tomatoes, and seasonings -- is pretty darn guilt-free, especially for restaurant chili! Just don't slip up and order the Chili Bread Bowl -- that thing's covered in melted cheese and contains 760 calories and 22g fat (POINTS® value 16*). Stick with the cup.

Health Valley Organic Chilis

PER SERVING (1 cup): 120 - 150 calories, 1g fat, 75 - 480mg sodium, 25 - 32g carbs, 7 - 10g fiber, 4 - 9g sugars, 7 - 10g protein -- POINTS® value 2*

We love, love, love that the folks at H. Valley (not Hidden Valley... the other one!) make MANY varieties of their canned chili. The Chunky Spicy Vegetarian even made our list of TOP ATE canned food finds back in February. Their no-salt-added varieties are perfect for sodium watchers. AND they recently rolled out microwavable bowls of chili -- even if you eat the whole nuke-able bowl of the Vegetarian Spicy, it's only about 240 calories and 2g fat (POINTS® value 4*). Nice goin', guys!

Wendy's Chili (no crackers or cheese)

PER SERVING (1 small order): 190 calories, 6g fat, 830mg sodium, 19g carbs, 5g fiber, 6g sugars, 14g protein -- POINTS® value 4*

Woohoo, another on-the-go option! We've always considered this chili to be a great fast-food find. And this yummy stuff has actually gone down in calories over the years -- so if you haven't checked the stats in a while, you should be pleasantly surprised! BTW, feel free to splurge and add that Hot Chili seasoning packet -- it only has 5 calories!

Amy's Organic Black Bean Chili

PER SERVING (1 cup): 200 calories, 2g fat, 680mg sodium, 31g carbs, 15g fiber, 3g sugars, 13g protein -- POINTS® value 3*

It's no secret we loooooove Amy's. But some of the company's chilis are a bit high in fat. Not the Black Bean, though. It's low in fat and soooooo good! Super-thick and full of flavor, there's always room in our snack closet for this canned deliciousness. And yes, we really have a snack CLOSET.
CHILI SHOCKERS

Your soup spoon isn't safe...

Stagg Classic Chili with Beans

1 cup = 330 calories and 17g fat! (POINTS® value 7*)

You might have thought all canned chilis are pretty much the same, but this one could win an award for the fattiest, most highly caloric chili ever to be packaged and sold. Luckily, there is no such award (that we know of!). But be extra careful in the canned foods aisle... this sucker's lurking there.

Bob Evans Sausage Chili

1 bowl = 376 calories and 24g fat! (POINTS® value 9*)

If you've ever convinced yourself "soup and salad" is your best bet at a restaurant, consider these stats. A bowl of this stuff has around 30% more calories and 11 grams MORE fat than an actual Chili Dog from Wienerschnitzel! Sausage + chili = insanity.

Steak 'n Shake Chili Mac Supreme

1 order = 1,124 calories and 62g fat! (POINTS® value 27*)

What do you get when you top a huge plate of spaghetti with a mountain of chili and two types of cheese? If you're at Steak 'n Shake, you get 1,124 calories' worth of fatty ridiculousness! Skip it.
BEST OF... HG CHILI RECIPES

Prepare your taste buds for chili SIX ways...

Chili-rific Cheeseburger - Dare you to take one peek at this recipe and NOT want to make it!

Gooey Chili Cheese Nachos - Cheese-smothered chips with chili... need we say more?

Hot Diggity Chili Dog - A girl's best friend, with only 106 calories!

Cheesy Good Chili Fries - We took our Bake-tastic Butternut Squash Fries to the next level. Mmmmm...

Rockin' Taco Salad - Forget about Taco Bell's crazy taco salad and its 840 calories. Ours has 230 calories, and you'll looooove it!

Cheesy Chili Dog Soup - You know you've always wanted to spoon a chili dog ;)
BEST CHILI EVER!!!

We saved the best for last...

Dan Good Chili - Two types of beans, EIGHT veggies (including sweet corn and portabello mushrooms!), the perfect amount of spice... and it's totally guilt-free (of course)! A cup contains 120 calories, 1g fat, 26g carbs, 6g fiber, and 6g protein (POINTS® value 2*). Grab your HG cookbook and open it up to page 122. Don't have the book!? Run, don't walk, to your nearest book store to get your copy, or just click here to order online. Then make this chili immediately!!!
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*The Points® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the Points® registered trademark.