by Sarah-Jane Bedwell
Courtesy of Genghis GrillIf you like stir-fry (and want it to go), put your wok away and head over to a Genghis Grill near you. The folks at Genghis Grill teamed up with Medical City Hospital in Dallas to create their Heart Healthy Bowl Program. To meet the criteria for the program, Genghis Grill had its recipes analyzed by an RD from the hospital, who then checked each ingredient against the dietary guidelines laid out by the American Heart Association, which has a set limit on the amount of calories, fat, saturated fat, fiber and sodium. Plus, trans fats are not permitted in any of the recipes endorsed by the program. Try one of my favorite heart healthy bowls listed below, or simply look for the stickers that indicate what ingredients are considered heart healthy to build your own ticker-friendly combo.
Szechuan Bamboo Beef: For a reasonable 530 calories and 17 grams of fat, you'll enjoy a bowl full of marinated beef, mango peppers, Mandarain oranges, bamboo shoots and ubon noodles flavored with cayenne seasoning and of course, Genghis Grill's signature Szechuan sauce.
See more: 6 Moves To Resize Your Butt and ThighsSweet and Spicy Shrimp: This perfect combo of sweet-and-spicy flavors features a bowl of fiber-laden brown rice and shrimp, then topped with Genghis Grill's 3G Mix (bamboo shoots, green beans and bean sprouts), jalapenos, squash, zucchini and onions. And then (!) it's seasoned with Dragon salt and their sweet and sour sauce. With this much flavor, it is hard to believe that this bowl is just 328 calories and has zero saturated fat.
Mongolian Fiesta: If you can't decide on your protein, why not enjoy a little steak, chicken and shrimp in this Mongolian Fiesta bowl, which combines all three. For just 405 calories you'll enjoy this protein trio along with cilantro, Mongo mix (green and red bell peppers and onions), pico de gallo and potatoes plus brown rice. It's topped off with a garlic sauce as well as garlic citrus herbs and a steakhouse blend seasoning.
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Dragon Calamari: Another great seafood option, this 402-calorie bowl has no saturated fat and packs a satisfying 5 grams of fiber. It's brown rice with calamari, cabbage, green onions, baby corn and spinach topped off with a flavorful Dragon sauce and Cajun spice seasoning.
Have you created your own heart-healthy bowl at Genghis Grill? Share with us @SELFmagazine and @sarahjaneRD!