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Now I know it’s not exactly cold here in Austin, TX but a girl can dream can’t she? Save these delicious crock pot recipes for those cold winter nights coming up!

Asian Party Meatballs 

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Spinach Artichoke Dip

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Taco Tater Tots

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Apple Crisp

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Pumpkin Monkey Bread

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Please cold weather, get here ASAP!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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You read that caption right. Check out these amazingly delicious seafood recipes you can make in 30 minutes or less. Perfect for the summer weather!

Teriyaki Salmon

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Ahi Poke Bowls

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Sriracha Glazed Scallops

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Mango Chipotle Fish Tacos

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Paella

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Buttery Garlic Steamed Clams

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Don’t these recipes just scream SUMMER! So what are you waiting for? Get to cooking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Everyone loves to snack. When you’re bored, relaxing at home, or just plain hungry and you don’t quite want a full meal. I’ve been searching high and low for more nutritious snacks to munch on in between meals and some that I thought were good for me, turned out not to be! So I wanted to share these snacks with you so you will no longer be fooled and give you alternative snack ideas to these options.

Pre-Flavored Instant Oatmeal

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Packets of flavored, instant-cooking oatmeal tend to be high in sugar and made from oats that are highly processed to ensure a faster cooking time — meaning they’ll be lower in fiber and provide less satiety, and ultimately not keep you that full for long.

Healthy swap: Opt for steel-cut or rolled oats made without added flavoring, sugar, or preservatives. Both options are less processed — as they aren’t designed to cook instantly — are digested at a lower rate, and will keep you fuller longer. To add a bit of flavor, add nut butter or fresh fruit.

Flavored Yogurt

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Yogurt can be a great snack — high in protein, super portable, and a great vehicle for fruit, nuts, or whatever you like to top it with — but flavored yogurt is often quite high in added sugar, especially the low- and fat-free varieties which rely on lots of added sugar so they still taste good even with the fat removed.

Healthy swap: Stick with plain Greek yogurt and add your own fruit to the mix. It’ll have more protein, be a lot more satiating, and keep your blood sugar more stable (which goes hand-in-hand with maintaining steady energy levels and enough willpower to make better eating decisions!).

Granola Bars

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The idea of granola is great — whole grains mixed with some fruit for flavor and nuts for healthy fats and protein. But prepackaged granola tends to be high on the flavor and low on the nutrition. Plus it’s pretty calorically dense, meaning lots of calories in a relatively small serving.

Healthy swap: Look for, or make, bars low in added sugar and additives, like Larabars, which contain nine ingredients or less and come without preservatives or artificial ingredients.

Microwave Popcorn

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Store-bought popcorn options can be excessively high in sodium, with each bag containing more than your suggested allowance of 2,300 milligrams per day.

Healthy swap: Pop your own popcorn by placing a quarter cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag, and microwaving. Add a little butter, salt, pepper, maybe coconut oil… whatever!

Fat-Free or Reduced-Fat Snacks

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Most fat-free or reduced-fat snacks — be it chocolate pudding, peanut butter, or cookies — have an extra helping of sugar, salt, or both, to make sure the food tastes as good without the missing ingredient.

Healthy swap: Healthy fats in moderation help you maintain a feeling of fullness, provide our bodies with stores of energy, and can improve cholesterol levels, so don’t rule these out. Instead, choose good fats like a handful of walnuts, or a tablespoon of natural peanut butter with a banana. And if you’re watching your caloric intake, stick to a smaller serving size.

I hope this post helps you find healthier alternatives to those snacks we all love so much. Happy Snacking! Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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By now eating healthy is seen as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Regardless, it can still be tougher for others to stay on the healthy eating train. Remember a tiger can’t change it’s spots overnight and the same goes for your eating habits. It’s going to take time to incorporate some of these tips into your daily diet and it’s okay if you fall off the wagon a time or two. As long as you get back on and to a more healthier you.

Cook with oils like olive oil and avocado oil because they’re not as processed as some other oils, like canola.

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Try poaching and braising your food instead of frying.poach

Stock up on frozen veggies and add them to everything.veggies

stock up on frozen lean proteins, like shrimp and chicken.protein

Stock your kitchen with whole, minimally processed foods that are versatile so that you can use them in a lot of different recipes without getting bored.

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Keep complex carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice on hand.

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Bookmark a bunch of healthy one-pan or one-pot recipes that you really enjoy.

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Do you have healthy tips that you’ve been using? Please comment below and share them. I would love to read them!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Tomatoes

 

This powerful fruit packs a PUNCH! They contain lycopene, an antioxidant rarely found in other foods. Studies suggest that it could protect the skin against harmful UV rays, prevent certain cancers, and lower cholesterol. Plus, tomatoes contain high amounts of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. Not to mention they taste great on any sandwich or in any pasta dish!

So next time you go to the grocery store, be sure to pick up this delicious fruit to add a superfood to any meal!

Your Realtor and friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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Not all snacking was created equally. A bag of chips after a workout probably isn’t a good idea say like snacking on peanut butter and apples after a workout. Protein and carbohydrates are essential after a workout to replenish your body and build those muscles. Here are some high powered protein snacks to enjoy after a workout or just in general. The great thing about these snacks is that they will also keep you full and satisfied until your next meal.

Tuna Salad on Crackers

Tuna Salad on Crackers

Fruit Dip and Apples

High Protein Fruit Dip with Sliced Apples

Hard Boiled Eggs and Avocado

Hard-boiled Egg and Avocado Bowl

Hummus Dip and Vegetables

Black Bean Hummus Dip and Sliced Vegetables

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

Before you go for that bag of chips, try one of these snacks instead. I guarantee it’ll keep you feeling full and feeling great!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Eating too much sugar is associated with high risk of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. But again, it’s delicious. So how do you know if you’re eating too much sugar? Well if you’re exercising regularly and eating healthy, then having a couple of cookies here and there won’t hurt you. The American Heart Association recommends limiting your daily added sugar intake to 6-9 teaspoons a day. To give you a comparison there are about 10 teaspoons of added sugar in one 12 ounce can of soda! So if you’re downing 3 sodas a day or eating a package of cookies in one sitting then maybe you want to start thinking about limiting your sugar intake, and here are some ways in which you can!

1. Have a reasonable amount of the thing you crave on a regular basis and savor it. When you binge on foods you’ve been craving, people tend to enjoy the letting go part rather than what they’re actually eating which tends to make them eat more in order to relish the taste.

2. Train yourself not to stress eat by practicing being around tempting foods when you’re relaxed. Let’s face it, a lot of us eat sugary foods when we’re stressed, sad, or emotional. By being around foods that tempt us in times of relaxation we can better learn to control our cravings.

3. Probably don’t go cold turkey or eliminate carbs. This is probably the worst thing you can do. Eliminating food groups all together tends to make us depressed and binge eat even more. Gradually cut back on these foods and remember: it’s okay to have in moderation.

4. Don’t look to artificial sweeteners to address your cravings. Artificial sweeteners are actually worse for you than the real deal (and doesn’t taste as good).

5. Be wary of relying on “healthy versions” of sweets. This is an awesome alternative to some of your favorite desserts but be careful; sometimes we tend to talk ourselves into having that slice of pizza because we ate a healthier muffin earlier.

Remember, not everyone has to limit their sugar intake so look at your lifestyle and decide what’s best for you. Maybe try one or two of these tips to begin with and go from there.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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