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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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Cinnamon

Cinnamon has some of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice and many foods. It’s not just for cinnamon toast or seasonal baking. Cinnamon can be easy sprinkled over many dishes or made into a tea to warm your heart and soul on cold mornings. It may also lower cholesterol and is showing some interesting promise in helping to control blood sugar.

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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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Salmon

Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation, increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol, and may slash cancer risk. Salmon is a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and several B vitamins.

Your Realtor and Friend For Life!

~Kathy De La Cruz

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Brussel Sprouts

They have more glucosinolates (compounds that combat cancer and detoxify our bodies) than any other vegetable. For a side dish that will make you wonder why you've been avoiding them, slice each one into quarters, then sauté in olive oil with chopped sweet Vidalia onions.
Try this Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Pecorino Cheese and Almonds.

They have more glucosinolates (compounds that combat cancer and detoxify our bodies) than any other vegetable. For a side dish that will may you wonder why you’ve been avoiding them all this time, slice them into quarters and saute them in olive oil and onions. Delicious!

 

Happy Eating!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

 

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