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Wait until you try this Mexican Chili - a perfect dish for the transition from the Winter to the Spring. Packed with nutrition and suitable for those following a low carb diet.
Turkey Mexican Chili
The first day of Spring was this past Tuesday, March 20th! I am not sure about you, but around here, it still doesn't feel like Spring. That same day we got 4-6 inches of snow and today the high is only 40 degrees.
However, no matter the temperature outside, the Spring season has sprung among us and we all need to start adjusting our foods accordingly. We need to start adding more Spring foods to our grocery list and taking away the Winter foods.
The Spring foods season spans from March, through June, with March being a transition period. What I mean by transition period is that we slowly start to buy more Spring foods and less Winter foods, but on colder days, we should still eat some Winter foods.
You can find more information about Seasonal eating at LifeSpa as well as a spring grocery guide. Since it is Spring but still chilly, I decided to make a spring super food dinner recipe that was still warming. This recipe combines a mixture of both Spring and Winter foods which are ideal to help the body transition. I pulled out my pot and began to whip up a Mexican Chili made with ground turkey.
Half my family follows a low carb diet so I had make sure I was mindful of that as well. I'd have to be careful about adding beans and no sides of corn chips for us.
Mexican Chili Ingredients
The Mexican turkey chili combines a mixture of Spring and Winter super foods. And as I mentioned before, according to the ayurvedic diet, the Winter season lasts from November to February and the Spring season begins in March and ends in June.
During the winter months, it is important to focus on foods that are moist, heavy, and oily. It is harder for our bodies to maintain a decent temperature when it is below freezing. Higher carb, higher fat, warm, and heavier foods help keep our body warm.
That is why people who have winter constitution crave soups, stews, potatoes, and other heavy, higher fat, higher carb foods. To put it simply, they tend to experience a stronger appetite The winter foods are also key in keeping our immunity high and providing us with energy.
Now that it's Spring, it is time for our bodies to start resetting. The Spring season is meant to trigger our fat burning again and detox our bodies. We naturally start to lose weight that was gained during the winter to keep our bodies warm. These months call for some key spices, bitter, and astringent foods. Spring foods are key for immunity, digestion, and energy.
Turkey Mexican Chili Spring Foods
Cauliflower is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It has high levels of vitamin C and vitamin K. Vitamin K helps the bones and helps with reducing inflammation. Vitamin C helps the immune system. Cauliflower also improves digestion and detoxification.
It has the compounds sulforaphane, glucobrassicin, glucoraphanin and gluconasturtiian that help the liver detox. It is also rich in sulfur which helps stimulate digestive enzymes. Moreover, cauliflower aids in weight loss, one of the key things about the spring time. It is low in calories and is a great for a low carb diet. Not only that, it has lots of filling fiber.
Cauliflower also happens to make a nice rice substitute for people following a low carb diet.
Onion & Garlic:
Garlic and onions help boost digestion and lower LDL cholesterol levels due to its allicin compound. Garlic is also rich in key nutrients like selenium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.
Cilantro is one of my favorite herbs. Not only do I love the taste and smell, it has TONS of major health benefits and is a key spring food.
Cilantro may be able to rid the body of heavy metals. Dr. Axe mentions in this article that cilantro has been shown to bind to toxic metals and facilitate their elimination from the body.
Furthermore, it reduces anxiety and helps sleep and prevents against cardiovascular disease. No wonder I loaded Mexican Turkey Chili with this stuff!
Turkey Mexican Chili Winter Super Foods
Tomatoes are loaded with antioxidants. One key antioxidant is lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to prevent certain types of cancer. All of the antioxidants in tomatoes help reduce inflammation of the body. In addition, tomatoes also have been proven to improve bone, eye, heart, and skin health.
Turkey is a rich source of protein that is lower in fat and lower in calories, which helps aid weight loss. It is a good source of minerals like iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, and selenium.
These minerals are good for the thyroid. It is also a good source of vitamin B6 and niacin which help give the body energy. I bought mine already ground but you can always cook your own and use a meat grinder. It's all up to you.
Onion & Garlic:
If you were looking for a recipe that was compatible with your low carb diet, this is a good one. For more gluten and dairy free, low carb recipes just look here.
- Chop up the garlic, onion, cilantro, and cauliflower and place in a large pot
- Add the tomatoes, vegetable broth, and seasonings and bring to a boil
- Place the ground turkey in a grease pan and cook until brown
- Add the turkey to the chili and let simmer for 10-15 minutes
- Enjoy (:
Carbs 8g Fiber 4g