Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 20, 2011
You can take control over the health of your pet’s diet with your dog at home. Avoid processed foods because they are NOT healthy for your pet. Many natural food options exist. Talk to their vet about what natural diet is best for your pet. When the quality of your pet’s health is improved, they will live a longer, healthier life with you. You will also have less vet visits, which can add up!
Dog gone raw. Raw or organic meat diets are preferred by many dog owners, the first consists of various cuts of meat, vegetable juices and a variety of grains. The second is almost the same thing, except it is produced organically or personally harvested, depending on the type of garden space the dog ownerhas available.
Go organic. An organic dog diet is easily achieved at home with the purchase of organic dog food, meat, vegetables and grains. If you have access to organic products grown in their local area, this may be the best option for your pet. If you have time and space, consider growing your own organic vegetables for use in the diet of your dog, and of course, for yourself!
Done correctly, a natural food diet at home is sure to provide your furry friend better nutrition. However, a poorly planned diet at home with inferior ingredients can be harmful to your dog in the same way that processed food can be for us.Photo = Stanley, my parent's 10 1/2 year old dachshund, isn't he beautiful?! His favorite snack are baby carrots. He hears the bag in the refrigerator, comes running into the kitchen and quickly stands on his hind legs, begging with his hands for a crunch! Love him-
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
1 ripe banana, sliced in half (or mashed if you prefer)
2 slices of your favorite bread (I love Ezekiel)
4-6 squares of dark (70% or higher) chocolate
1 tsp all natural peanut butter
drizzle of honey
1. Gently coat outsides of bread with some butter. I swear by Kerrygold Butter!
2. Arrange banana slices (or mashed banana) on piece of bread, then spread peanut butter and honey. Place chocolate squares over banana and top with other piece of bread.
3. Preheat panini maker or plug in your George Forman grill (this is what I prefer). Cook panini 3-4 minutes per side. A George Forman grill takes less time, so keep an eye on the chocolate to see how it's doing, it will start to ooze. Cool just for a minute or two and ENJOY!!!
Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
True dark chocolate is usually anything at or above 70% cacao. The higher the percentage of cacao, the more benefits and better nutritional value the chocolate contains. Studies have shown that dark chocolate helps lower blood pressure and lowers bad cholesterol (LDL). It contains serotonin, a natural mood-boosting anti-depressant. Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.
Even with all these great benefits, be sure to enjoy dark chocolate in moderation.
Recipe adapted from Vegetarian Times.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Do you have a tanning obsession like I do? I'd love to connect with others who want to tan it up just like I do!