Theres something about a steamy bowl of chiličthe velvety beans and spicy saucethat tastes just right in the fall. And theres something about a can of chilithe oddly spiced beans or the borderline lethal dose of sodiumthat tastes just wrong any time of year.
Health Valley to the rescue. Its Mild Vegetarian, Burrito, Three Bean, Lentil, and Spicy (no joke) Black Bean canned vegetarian chilies are deliciously rich-tasting. The company clearly knows what to do with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, herbs, and beans. (The companys No Salt Added flavors fall flat, but you can perk them up with garlic, ground cumin, cayenne, and chili powder.)
Just heat and eat...in a bowl, spooned over pasta or a baked potato, as a dip for baked chips, or rolled in a tortilla with a sprinkle of shredded low-fat cheese.
Theyre 99 percent fat-free, theyre low in calories (160), and theyre loaded with protein (13 grams per cup), fiber (12 gramshalf a days worth), vitamin A (a days worth), and vitamin C and iron (20 percent of a days worth).
What sets Health Valley apart is that, unlike much of the competition, it relies on good cooking, not salt, for flavor. With 65 to 320 milligrams of sodium per cup, Health Valley runs rings around Hormel chilies like Vegetarian with Beans (780 mg) and Less Sodium with Beans (930 mg).