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Happy November everyone! WOW! Can you believe how quickly the year is flying by. Before we get to all of the delicious posts about Thanksgiving, lets talk about a superfood that I have found myself using more and more lately.

Flaxseed

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The fiber in flax is what gets its foot in the superfood door, but it’s also packed with omega-3, which you’d usually find in a fish source. Men and women both benefit from its anti-cancer benefits, men with prostate cancer and women with breast cancer. Toss in the evidence showing this can help ward off heart disease, diabetes, and stroke and this is a bona fide winner.

So not only does it have amazing benefits for your body; it also has a very mild taste so you can throw it in anything. I like to incorporate into my morning smoothies, or cookies or muffins. Both nutritious and delicious, you can’t go wrong with this particular superfood.

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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Pineapple

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This tangy, sweet fruit has long been recommended as a digestive aid. Pineapple is full of enzymes that help break down proteins, making it an excellent addition to any meal. Pineapple is also stocked with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. It is exceptionally rich in vitamin C and manganese. Pineapple is also a great provider of fiber, B vitamins, and copper. Pineapple is a low calorie fruit that boosts immune function and digestive well-being, prevents macular degeneration, and may attack cancer too.

Summer really is the perfect time to snack on this sweet fruit. Try freezing chunks of pineapple and using them as ice cubes in your drinks!

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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Coconut Oil

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Your body sends medium-chain fatty acids directly to your liver to use as energy. This makes coconut oil a powerful source of instant energy to your body, a function usually served in the diet by simple carbohydrates. Additionally, research has demonstrated that, due to its metabolic effect, coconut oil also increases the activity of your thyroid.

Additionally, coconut oil can be used on your skin to make it softer and smoother! So go pick up this versatile oil today!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Eggs

Each egg has 6 grams of protein but just 72 calories. No wonder researchers at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, found that eating eggs for breakfast (as part of a low-cal diet) helps you slim down.
Try this classic Egg Sandwich to fulfill all your breakfast needs.

What came first: the chicken or the egg? Well it doesn’t matter because the important thing is chickens lay eggs and this delicate food is packed full of protein you need before and after working out! They are also low in carbs and calories and are perfect if you’re trying to shed some extra pounds. With 6 grams of protein in each egg, feel free to eat as many of these as you want. They are also delicious in a number of ways: fried, scrambled, over easy, and my personal favorite: hard boiled. Stock up on this superfood today and watch your body transform right before your eyes.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Green Tea

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This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease ! The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero here isEpigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.

 

So the next time you’re at the store, pick up this tea and watch it work it’s magic!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy De La Cruz, Realtor

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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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First off, what exactly is a superfood? While this isn’t a real term in general superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Eating them may reduce the risk of chronic disease, and prolong life, and people who eat more of them are healthier and thinner than those who don’t.

You should try to incorporate these foods into your daily diet everyday. Today I’m going to talk about one of my personal favorite breakfast staples: Oats!

Why they’re super: Full of fiber, oats are a rich source of magnesium, potassium, and phytonutrients. They contain a special type of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. Magnesium works to regulate blood-sugar levels, and research suggests that eating whole-grain oats may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Oats can be utilized in many different ways and are good at any meal. So the next time you’re at the store, consider picking up this wonderful ingredient!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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I’m sure you have heard that kale is probably the healthiest food you can ever eat right? It’s the king of all superfoods. Here are a couple of facts about kale just to show you how awesome it is.

  • Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet
  • It is an excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Kale can help lower cholesterol which may reduce the risk of heart disease
  • There are numerous cancer- fighting substances in kale

Bottom line: kale is packed full of nutrients and is good for you, not to mention it doesn’t taste all that bad.

Here I have provided a list of some kale recipes that are both delicious and healthy (duh)! These recipes are sure to make you fall in love with kale.

Sweet Potato, Shrimp, and Kale Skillet

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Recipe: http://www.primaverakitchen.com/sweet-potato-kale-and-shrimp-skillet

Salmon and Sweet Kale Salad

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Recipe: http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/18768

Creamy Pasta with Kale, Mushrooms, and Pancetta

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Recipe: http://strawberriesforsupper.com/creamy-pasta-with-kale-mushrooms-pancetta/

 Quick Chicken Kale Soup with Beans

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Recipe: http://imagecooking.com/2014/12/10/quick-chicken-kale-soup-beans/

Spicy Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup

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Note: I have made this and it is awesome! Highly Recommend

Recipe: http://www.thecandidappetite.com/2013/01/19/spicy-sausage-potato-kale-soup/

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