Big Time Bison Chili for the Big Game


With the "Big Game" just days away, we wanted to share with you one of our favorite healthy recipes, Game Night Bison Chili. This recipe was created by Balanced Habits and is one of the many great recipes that our Kickstart crew is currently eating their way through.
Cooking time is 3 hours so make sure you start well before kickoff!
You can use ground bison or substitute in veal, sirloin or turkey.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil 

  • 1 lb. Ground Bison 

  • 1 Yellow Onion, finely chopped 

  • 12 oz. bottle Stout or Porter Beer 

  • 14.5 oz. can Diced Tomatoes, don’t drain 

  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste 

  • 1/3 cup Brewed Strong Coffee 

  • 1/4 cup Coconut or Dark Brown Sugar 

  • 1 Tbsp. Mexican Chile Sauce (not Chili)

  • 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder 

  • 1/2 small Serrano or Jalapeno Pepper, seeded, finely diced (or as much heat as you want!)

  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Ground Cumin 

  • 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Coriander 

  • 1/2 tsp. Chili Powder 

  • 1/2 tsp. Kosher Salt 

  • 1/2 tsp. White Pepper 

  • 1/2 15 oz. can Corn Kernels, drained, rinsed 

  • 2 x 15 oz. cans Kidney Beans, drain, rinse 

  • 1 15 oz. can Great Northern Beans, drained, rinsed 

  • Cilantro for garnish (not required as some folks hate cilantro)

    Directions:
    Step 1: Place a Dutch oven or large deep pot over medium heat and add olive oil..
    When simmering, add your choice of meat and sauté until brown and crumbled.
    Remove meat and transfer to a plate; don’t cover.

    Step 2: With Dutch oven still on medium heat, add diced onion and stir for about 1 minute. Add beer, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and coffee.

    Step 3: Add sugar, chile sauce, cocoa, diced pepper, cumin, coriander, chili powder, salt, pepper, and 1 can (with liquid) kidney beans. Return meat to the pot. Reduce heat to low and simmer with the pot partially covered for 1 hour.

    Step 4: Add remaining rinsed kidney beans, great northern beans, and corn. Simmer on low again, partially covered, for another 2 hours. Adjust flavor with more diced peppers, chili powder and salt to preference.

    Enjoy!

Nutrition Programs

TS has teamed up with Balanced Habits, a leading nutrition coaching program, to launch Three 28-Day Kickstart challenges per year.

Nutrition gets us 70% of the results that most of us want. Many of us put in the work at the gym but figuring out proper nutrition holds us back from seeing the significant change that we want. This is program that instills sustainable eating habits to help our clients for years, not just for the 28 days of the program. This is not a diet, this is a way to live!

Our NEXT KICKSTART CHALLENGE STARTS JANUARY 18TH & Includes:

  • Customized nutrition portion plan based on your weight, measurements, and goals

  • Habit based program to create healthy routines for lifetime success

  • Kick-off educational seminar and program orientation

  • Food journal for tracking daily consumption

  • Four private check-ins (once per week) with our trained staff

  • New weekly recipes with portion sizes

  • Pre-made grocery lists for easy shopping

  • “Grab and Go” list for eating on the go or for non-cooks

  • Daily emails for maximum support and motivation

  • Private Facebook group

  • One TS team workout

  • Three online video workouts for bodyweight, bands and light weights that you can do anywhere

  • Weekly challenges with prizes

  • Grand Prize for most body weight percentage lost receives 2 months of our Group Personal Training (valued at $1,000).  

  • Prizes for 2nd and 3rd place.

Success Stories

Just like in our fitness programs, each of our clients have different goals.

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Sal

Sal looked to create healthier habits and to lose weight.

“During the 28 day challenge, I lost a total of 18.5 pounds and won the contest! I even had to buy a new suit!” said Sal. “I have already incorporated the challenge’s portion awareness by continuing to measure units each day.”

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Jackie

Jackie, an avid weightlifter, looked to improve her eating habits while sustaining her training routine.

“I have always struggled with food choices and never really put my diet first. This program taught me that I can still enjoy food while at the same time managing portions and making the right choices about what goes into each meal,” said Jackie. Jackie lost not only 7 pounds but also 6 inches off her waist.

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How often do you run the Balanced Habits Program?

Currently, we run the program three times a year. Our next one starts on January 18th!

Q: HOW WILL THE PROGRAM WORK? 

First, we will start with an assessment. This will include taking measurements of your body, weighing you, and taking “before” photos to demonstrate your progress throughout the program. We will ask you questions about your diet and activity level as well. All of this information is then relayed to the registered dietitians at our partner, Balanced Habits. Working with Balanced Habits, we will create a personalized meal plan along with grocery shopping lists and recipes. We will also provide special workouts to help you maintain your fitness and supplement any of the workouts that you do already at TS during the Kickstart. Each week, you will be weighed in and you will submit a food journal of your dining habits from the week before. This keeps you accountable!

Q: ARE THE NUTRITION PLANS SUPER STRICT?

Vegetarians, vegans, and folks who eat Paleo are all great fits for the program. Depending on your goals and activity level, you are assigned a number of daily food points, divided into fats, carbs, and protein. Each recipe that we give you will tell you the appropriate serving size and the corresponding number of points. Balanced Habits stresses the importance of portion sizes and balance. If you love cheese, you can still eat your cheese!

Q: WHY JOIN THIS PROGRAM WHEN I CAN DO THIS ON MY OWN?

If you are looking to improve your nutrition, this is really a great way to do it. At TS, our motto is Together Stronger. You will not be alone in this process. TS starts every Kickstart launch party where you will get to meet fellow participants and learn more about the program. By bringing in the community aspect, we hope to create accountability. When you are working through the challenge with like-minded peers, you will be motivated to keep going!

We will also have a Facebook group to allow our participants to share ideas, recipes, food photos, and issues that they may find over the course of the 28 days.

Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE OTHER BENEFITS OF THIS PROGRAM?

Our program requires you to spend more time in the kitchen, cooking your own meals. Compared to restaurants, home cooked food is typically healthier as you know exactly what you are putting into your body. Additionally, most meals will be cheaper to make at home than take out, saving you money in the process.

Q: WHAT IF I AM A HORRIBLE COOK OR I DON’T HAVE TIME?

The recipes are very straightforward and most folks should be able to reproduce them at home. This is a great way to learn to cook, too! We will provide you with Grab and Go meal ideas so that you can continue the program while you maintain your busy New York lifestyle.

Q: WHY DID YOU PARTNER WITH BALANCED HABITS?

Balanced Habits has developed a program that really works. They have thousands of success stories. The key is that this program is designed to create healthy, long-term habits that will keep the weight off. It is not a quick fix.