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I’ve shared numerous recipes over the past year. If you haven’t had a chance to look at them all, I’m sharing with you the best of the best 2017 had to offer food wise! Hurry and make them all before the year is up.

Fusili Lasagna

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Skillet Chicken w/Bacon Cream Sauce

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Creamy Avocado Spinach Pasta

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Crock Pot Chicken Cacciatore

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BEST OF 2017 RECIPES

Enjoy the last of 2017 in style! 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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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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Apricots

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Apricots are those beautiful, sweet-tasting orange fruits that show up in the produce section during the summer months. They’re easy to snack on, and they offer a ton of nutritional benefits, too.

3 REASONS TO ENJOY APRICOTS:

1. Apricots Help Fight Against Cardiovascular Diseases

They are very high in beta-carotene as well as lycopene, which aid in reducing your risk of developing atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases.

2. Apricots are an Excellent Source of FiberL

Apricots are an excellent source of fiber. Fiber plays a vital roll in how our digestive tract operates. Fiber keeps things moving, and that is vital to overall good health.

3. Apricots are Rich in Vitabmins

Apricots are also a wonderful source of vitamin A, C,  and potassium.

So what are you waiting for? Stop by your local grocery store and pick up this sweet fruit today!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy De La Cruz

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This health craze has taken off in the United States. It’s not about being skinny but now it’s all about being healthy and taking care of your body. Women it’s okay to have muscles! But sometimes it’s hard to break those pesky little bad eating habits we all have and we don’t always know where to start. Here are some tips you can use to start eating a little healthier today. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is your body!

  1. Don’t start a diet or meal plan you can’t complete in the long run. If a diet makes you cut out entire food groups, stop eating out with your friends, and just makes you plain own miserable; chances are you won’t stick to it in the long run.
  2. Stop thinking of certain foods as “good” or “bad”. Too often we live in constant fear of feeling ashamed for choosing a cookie over an apple. It’s okay to indulge once in a while and not feel bad about it. One cookie won’t kill your progress, I promise!
  3. Think of every meal as an opportunity to be healthier. Start out slow. For dinner instead of having white rice, try brown rice or quinoa instead. Slowly eliminating some bad foods and switching them for healthier ones will help you eat better.
  4. Don’t cut out all fats. I’m sure this might come as a shock to you but not all fats are bad for you! Avocado’s for example are full of monosaturated fats that are amazing for your health. Don’t be afraid to eat a little fat just watch how much you eat and where it’s coming from.
  5. Don’t cut out carbs. Carbs are essential in keeping you full throughout the day and giving you energy. Cutting out carbs will make you feel sluggish and actually hinder your progress because you won’t have any energy to do anything else.
  6. INDULGE A LITTLE. It’s okay to have that cookie! If you stop yourself from eating the things you want eventually you’re going to binge eat and that’s never good. Try to eat healthy 90% of the time and the other 10% enjoy yourself!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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