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It’s the final month of 2017. Let’s end it with a delicious bang by cooking up some of these delicious dishes.

Carnitas Soup

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Monkey (Ginger) Bread

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Brie Stuffed Baby Potatoes 

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Sweet Potato Gnocchi w/Parmesan Cream Sauce

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Bacon & Brussel Sprouts Salad

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Gingerbread Waffles

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Sausage & Mushroom Bread Pudding

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Frosted Malt Chocolate Cookies

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Recipe Here!

Start of the end of the year right! Happy Cooking!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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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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Today is all about carbs, carbs, carbs!

Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Fettucine Alfredo

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Gnocchi w/Ham and Peas

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Easy Skillet Lasagna

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Kale Pesto Chicken Pasta

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Pumpkin Alfredo Pasta

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Mac and Cheese w/ Chicken and Broccoli

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Can’t decide on one recipe? Choose them all! Today is a national holiday.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life ~ Kathy

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We all love comfort food. Nothing beats that yummy grilled cheese or extra greasy nachos. But how can we enjoy those foods without all the extra calories? I got you covered.

Spinach Artichoke Grilled Cheese

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe HERE!

Dairy-Free Lasagna Soup

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Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie

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Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Nachos

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Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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Who says you can’t enjoy the foods you love! Happy eating!

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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Of course it being October and all, I had to include a fall staple as part of your superfood diet.

Pumpkin

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Sure, pumpkins can seem spooky in their Jack-o-lantern state, but don’t be fooled— they’re actually one of the most nutritious fruits out there. Loaded with antioxidants and disease-fighting vitamins, these gourds aren’t just for carving, making them a bonafide  superfood.

Pump Up the Pumpkin—Why They’re Super

Pumpkins’ bright orange color may make them a good substitute for traffic cones, but the real power behind their hue is beta-carotene, a provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease . But there’s no need to choose fresh to get the benefits of pumpkin.One cup of canned pumpkin has seven grams of fiber and three grams of protein— even more than the fresh stuff— and contains only 80 calories and one gram of fat. Plus, canned pumpkin is packed with vitamins and provides over 50 percent of the daily value of vitamin K, which may reduce the risk for some types of cancer . Still, the real treasure is in the seeds. One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Studies suggest pumpkin seeds provide a number of health benefits— such as blocking the enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering the risk of bladder stones, and helping to prevent depression . Plus, they contain high levels of phytosterols, which research suggests can reduce cholesterol and even help prevent some types of cancers . So get scooping!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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