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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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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe HERE!

Dairy-Free Chicken Pot Pie

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe HERE!

Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Nachos

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe HERE!

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

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Healthy Comfort Food Recipe HERE!

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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Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all are having a fantastic start to the week. There is just something about October that actually makes me want to get out of bed in the morning. I don’t know if it’s the mornings turning cooler, or the leavings turning orange but there is definitely something in the air during October. This month also makes me want to preheat my oven to 350 degrees and fill my house with warm, yummy smells of fall. So why not do just that but put a healthy spin on it? Here are 6 dinner ideas PACKED with protein that will be sure to fill you up and your home as well with delicious smells!

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

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Calories: 500 (includes three zucchini boats)
Protein: 57.3g

http://www.thewholesomedish.com/chicken-parmesan-zucchini-boats/

Zoodles w/Chicken and Spicy Almond Butter Sauce

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Calories: 370
Protein: 39.3g

http://www.theleangreenbean.com/zoodles-with-chicken-and-spicy-almond-butter-sauce/

Garlic Teriyaki Shrimp

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Calories: 272
Protein: 43.95g

With a cup of brown rice: Add 216 calories and 5 grams of protein.

http://kendrastreats.com/2014/02/garlic-teriyaki-shrimp/

Chipotle Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

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Calories: 337
Protein: 33.7g

With a whole wheat bun: Add 130 calories and 7 grams of protein.

http://www.wellplated.com/sweet-potato-turkey-burger/

Salmon Quinoa Bowl

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Calories: 524
Protein: 39.7g

http://megiswell.com/quinoa-salmon-bowl/

Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

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Calories: 496
Protein: 45.9g

http://loveandfoodforeva.com/2016/07/turkey-quinoa-stuffed-bell-peppers/

Of course feel free to make modifications as your dietary needs see fit and remember it’s okay to put your own special twist on these recipes as well.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Did you feel that? The temperature dropped below 80 this weekend in Austin so to us locals that instantly means FALL. Ladies, bring out those sweaters and UGG boots! Well, if you’re like me then you’re not quite ready for that step yet, but you are ready for some delicious fall style recipes. Here are 6 tried and true recipes that will sure to start making your house feel and more importantly SMELL like fall!

Tomato Soup with Cheese Croutons

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http://www.simplystacie.net/2016/05/creamy-tomato-soup-with-cheese-toast-croutons/#_a5y_p=5346737

Baked Spaghetti

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http://dinnerthendessert.com/baked-million-dollar-spaghetti/

Shepherd’s Pie

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http://sipsandspoonfuls.com/2013/02/shepherds-pie.html

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

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http://www.spendwithpennies.com/slow-cooker-french-onion-soup/

Ham and Potato Corn Chowder

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http://www.closetcooking.com/2015/04/ham-and-potato-corn-chowder.html

Super Creamy Mac n’ Cheese

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http://www.seasonsandsuppers.ca/perfect-creamymacaroni-and-cheese/

Now if the weather could drop below 70 then it will really start feeling like fall!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

Keywords: “Austin homes for sale, Austin real estate luxury homes for sale, houses, properties, luxury, Austin real estates condos, town homes, townhomes, mansions, luxury fine houses estates, search listings, Austin MLS, executive, custom, new homes builders, residential, commercial, single family, buyers, agents, listing agents, relocation, relocating, Austin MLS, REIA, neighborhoods, subdivisions, FSBO, Travis County, homes for sale, housing, real estate, realty, realtor, rental, houses, apartments, condos, lofts, commercial, property, residential, renovated, remodeled, historic, homes by owner, buy, owner, for sale by owners, Remax, Remax of Texas”

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Working out can be a discouraging process sometimes. When you’re not seeing the results you want when you want them, it can be easy to just give up. But remember that it takes time and effort and to be patient. Here are 5 tips for you to read the next time you’re thinking about throwing in the towel.

  1. Your non-scale victories should be celebrated. I’ve found that the things that excite me the most are the little things — like an old pair of jeans fitting, or willingly choosing the healthy option instead of the more convenient one. Progress is progress, whether it’s losing those 30 pounds or feeling like your workout didn’t totally kick your ass that day!
  2. Work out for yourself- no one else. Do not worry about what you look like, or what other people are thinking of you while you work out. Just do you.
  3. Set your own standard for what being “fit” actually means. Fitness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. Don’t judge yourself by the standards pop culture has set out there for you.
  4. Lower your chances of skipping a workout by getting it out of the way first thing in the morning. That way you won’t be able to talk yourself out of exercising throughout the day.
  5. Not every day will be a success. It’s okay to have a bad day. Just pat yourself on the back for making it to the gym at all. Tomorrow’s a new day.

And most importantly, just have FUN! You’re getting out there and moving and that’s all that matters. Happy working out!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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