Winter Tomatoes Got You Down?

Why worry about the high price of winter tomatoes and unripened, flavorless choices, when grapes are on sale.

That’s right, substitute grapes for tomatoes in any salad. It’s a nice switch from the traditional tomatoes that we seem to add to every salad we make, just because it’s a salad.

Even Lilly Belle says yes!

I know a lot of you have probably read on social media that grapes are poisonous to dogs. I couldn’t figure that one out, except that a dog I used to know named George would leave them on his plate, even if buried in a mound of food, he’d eat all around the grape.

Now I’ve seen this claim in many places over the years, but no one has ever cited a study to show that some irresponsible scientists force-fed a dog a million grapes and the dog died.

My take is that because the dog refused the grape and played with it instead, people thought grapes were poisonous to dogs. Well, I cut the grape in half to make it easier for Lilly to lap it up and chew it. And I certainly don’t force-feed my dog daughter anything.

Lilly Belle loves salad, and she loves grapes, especially the red ones, as a snack. We hand-feed them, cut in half. I take a bite, she takes the rest.

Grapes are a great diet food too, containing no fat, easy to eat and satisfying. Also lots of fiber.

For this salad, I did take out some of the ginger and onion slices. I left a few since I think they’re good for her. She always gets good grades at the doctor. She’s a vegan dog, who loves to eat and enjoys a lot of variety in her food choices.



MOTT’S Granny Smith Applesauce = DIET FOOD

A six-pack of unsweetened granny smith applesauce = DIET FOOD to me.

3.9 oz. per container = 23.4 ounces for the whole six-pack. That’s a lot.

You could eat all six containers and still only be at 300 calories plus no fat.

I don’t know why I don’t buy applesauce more often, because I really like it, especially for a between meal snack, but also over sauerkraut pierogi or egg-free noodles with a smoked almond crumb topping mixed with minced fresh garlic and fresh grind black pepper.

Steve has certain foods that he buys on a consistent basis; not me. I don’t know the why of that either.

Zero sodium. That’s a plus too.

Applesauce doesn’t need sugar, unless of course you’re making it into a fancy dessert. We can do that too and still keep the added sugar to a minimum.

Tom Brady (New England Patriot football player) once said that chewing was over-rated. I believe that too. Sometimes soft and easy satisfies more. There’s no work to eating it. I’m tired of working so hard at everything. Why does eating have to be hard too? It doesn’t, so don’t let anyone tell you to eat the whole apple instead of the applesauce. There’s a half an apple per container. Eat two containers, then. Pre-chewed is the way I look at it.

We’ll get to the whole apple in a dessert. It doesn’t have to be whole all the time.

Give this applesauce = DIET FOOD a try. There isn’t going to be one food or one diet action that makes you lose all the fat you want to lose. It’s a conglomeration of a lot of simple, easy, little actions that gets you where you want to be.



Japanese Hot Dog

The Japanese hold onto their soy sauce like we do our ketchup. Almost. We don’t put ketchup on everything, just some things. And we have a wider variety of dipping sauces than they do.

I’d like to think that the Japanese don’t require soy sauce with everything, but how would I know? Even living in Hawaii one might think that I would know that, but I don’t. I’m not a big fan of salty, though I do on occasion enjoy it. Shoyu sauce the Japanese say. There are types more robust and complex in flavor than your regular diner table variety soy sauce, but I don’t go out of my way to buy them any more. If there was a market nearby, maybe.

If I need soy sauce in a recipe I’m developing, I use what’s available within walking distance.

So, no there isn’t any soy sauce or anything that can be identified as Japanese on this sandwich, except maybe Japanese cucumber, aka English cucumber or burpless, or seedless.

What makes it Japanese is the look. The look is important. The colors. The textures. All Japanese all the way.

This is my Japanese hot dog that I made for lunch today.

You’ll like it.

Come on… yes you will.

Parmesan cheese on a hot dog with Kalamata olive and that’s Japanese?


Can You Follow Instructions?

Use a common hot dog bun that looks and textures a little reminiscent of Chinese steamed buns in texture. Oops. Don’t Japanese make steamed buns too? Yes they do. We’re in the clear here.

Microwave a Lightlife Smart Dog veggie hot dog – no frying for low-fat.

Squirt some prepared yellow mustard in bottom crease of inside of bun.

Place hot dog in center.

Squirt more mustard on insides of bun next to hot dog and on top of hot dog.

Top mustard with beet horseradish.

Chop onion, cucumber, tomato and sprinkle on horseradish.

Chop Kalamata olive and sprinkle over all.

Spoon 1 teaspoon of vegan parmesan shaker cheese over top of everything – like snow.

Eat with pleasure.



New! Fantastic! Best in Taste! AFC SPOON FILLS – 6 bites to freedom | #AFC International

Do you think it’s time to put the whole world on a diet? I think so.

The world, the whole world, needs to stop eating animals.

Everybody – adults, children, and other animals too. We need to find a way to feed the carnivorous animals on the planet plant food. We can do it with the will.

We need to replace animal with plant.

It’s a lot easier and cost efficient to grow plants, than it is to birth and raise animals. It doesn’t make any logical sense to do anything but. So there’s a drought, the plants dry up and we eat our family?

That’s where we are right now? We’re eating our families, so the conditions of the earth must be in dire straits?

We’re all animals. We need to take care of each other, firstly, by not cooking each other. Why are we cooking animals? When plants are bountiful? Are the other animals cooking us? What are we saving the plants for?

What I’m hearing is that humans have their logic gene turned off.  Locked in the off positions – all of them. How did that happen?

Bad times made you eat your own children, or your neighbor’s children and they ate yours, for so long that your genetics changed and you became oblivious to eating flesh and blood.

When the earth returned to bountiful, you couldn’t switch it off, so you substituted any other animal to replace the human animal? That’s as good as you could do?

You couldn’t get the taste and craving for flesh and blood to disappear, so you satisfied it instead with the flesh and blood of anyone else who could run. The running part was important to you.

Well that’s enough of that!!

I have made for you today a simple, cheap, but elegant as well as utilitarian dish that you can make yourself, that requires no cooking and only a few minutes to prepare.

You can make it for any meal or snack.

It’s filling. It’s high fat, high protein and the carbs are negligible.

You can eat it whether you’re dieting or not.

On the 5:2 diet you can use this dish on the days when you eat 500 calories of only fat and protein. No animal. Plants.

This is how I made it:

Buy fresh ground peanut butter or if allergic, then buy some other nut butter that you’re not allergic to.

Measure exactly 1 teaspoon and put it in a flatware or sterling spoon.

Top it with a little mustard of choice.

Then top the mustard with small cuts of veggie doo-dads.

I used beet horseradish for one.

Capers for another.

Thinly sliced Japanese cucumber for another.

Tiny matchstick size dill gherkin pickle.

Kalamata olive halves plus shaker style vegan parmesan

You see now that you know how to substitute. That substitution gene never did get turned off. You know that you have that skill. Call it improvisation. You have it. You substituted the human for plants – that’s why even today you regard other animals as plants.

Then when the earth became bountiful again – with plants and animals – you substituted other animals for the human – to this day – except in some remote regions where they continue the practice of eating humans.

That’s not you though. You have what it takes to replace the animal with the plant.

Who are you kidding? You thought your ancestors would see you eating plants and forgive you the animal?

They see everything.

This AMAZING SPECTACULAR 6 bites to freedom will unlock the logic genes your ancestors, through their actions, locked many many years ago.

It’s a perfect match. Just how you like it.

6 BITES TO FREEDOM. Or 5 or 1 or 8 or as many as you want. In the middle of the night when I get hungry, I go for peanut or cashew butter with sweet relish and mustard. m-m-m-m. One is all it takes. m-m-m-m-m-m-m-m

Use commercial peanut butter if you prefer.

On your intermittent fasting days eat 1 SPOON FILL 6 times a day. That’ll do ya just fine! I did it, I know.

Source: New! Fantastic! Best in Taste! AFC SPOON FILLS – 6 bites to freedom | #AFC International

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8 High-Protein Vegetables

8 High-Protein Vegetables

Slabs of meat don’t have to be the only protein-rich items on your dinner plate. Check out which vegetables provide the protein boost you’re looking for.

Stephanie Smith And Krissy Kendall, PhD

August 25, 2017

No, we’re not talking about sprinkling your greens with a scoop of protein powder or chasing those string beans with a double-strength protein shake. Believe it or not, there are vegetables that can be part of a protein-fueled dish on their own—and not just because they’re paired with a medium-rare steak or rotisserie chicken.

We’ve put together a list of the eight vegetables that provide the most protein bang for your buck.

1. Soybeans

With more protein than any other bean variety, cooked soybeans have about 28 grams per cup, roughly the amount of protein that can be found in 150 grams of chicken. More important, soybeans are one of only two complete plant proteins, the other one being quinoa.

A serving of soybeans also contains 17 grams of carbs and 15 grams of fats, 58 percent of which are essential fatty acids. The insoluble fiber in these beans promotes digestive health, while the unsaturated fat promotes cardiovascular health.

Protein content: 28.6 g per cup (boiled)…

FINISH READING: 8 High-Protein Vegetables



Gimme Lean Meatless Sausage by Lightlife = Diet Food

Gimme Lean Meatless Sausage by Lightlife contains no fat. Each 2 ounce serving contains only 60 calories.

I make 14 patties out of 1 tube that = 14 oz. I either eat them plain with a dipping sauce or put them on a small burger bun. Each of my patties = 30 calories plus a negligible amount of cooking oil.

Charred is how I like them best, but not charred evenly – that would be too much char.

It’s a great product just fried up and eaten. It doesn’t hold up well when refrigerated after cooked. So I do like my mother used to do with fresh fish on Friday – buy it, cook it, eat it. Once cooked there should be no leftovers.

For these reasons Lightlife Gimme Lean Meatless Sausage is added to Fat-Free Chef = Diet Food list.

Serve with scrambled tofu eggs for brunch or make meatballs using ground walnut.




Refried Beans @El Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant = Diet food

Okay, we all like to eat out, probably more than eating in. Some were raised that way, others wished they were.

You don’t have to cook, clean dishes, argue with your family, everybody’s happy.

But it doesn’t even matter if sometimes we experience bad or rough or not so great times when eating out – we all still do it – sometimes putting the onus on ourselves, or we look for better places and they abound – they’re everywhere.

Who wants diet food when they eat out? Okay, some elitists skinnies do. But that’s not the rest of us.

As all vegans know, it’s not easy-going without the animal in the food when we eat out, because restaurateurs want to keep the animal in – everything if they had their way.

So, I found a place that not only keeps the animal fat out of the refried beans, but there’s no fat, which is right up my fat-reducing alley. Plus they’re creamy delicious! And they serve $2.50 bottled beer on designated days. Steve always gets Heineken, I get Modelo Negra.

They also on designated days have a taco bar, so I can load my refried beans up with cilantro, tomato, onion, lettuce, (Jalapeno peppers, not for me), green and red salsa.

I also get tortilla chips and salsa and I do limit myself to 8 chips to use as scoopers for the entire dish. I could in future request flour tortillas that would help with the total fat grams – we’ll see.

A glass of red wine, a plate of side dish refried beans, 8 chips and all the trimmings, which are free foods (negligible calories and fat) = 451 calories and 6.6 grams of fat. The Fat Calorie to Total Calorie Ratio = 13% (well below the 25%-35% recommendation by the government forces that set them.

Now, if I omit the chips and don’t sub in the plain flour tortillas, this becomes a fat-free animal-free meal. However, when eating out, it doesn’t make much sense to deprive myself to that extent. I’m doing everything else right and they deep fry in 100% vegetable oil.

For all these reasons, I’m placing El Jalapeno’s refried beans on the Fat-Free Chef = Diet Food list.



Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits — Steemit

BY RAO  @raogf

What is Dried Fruits?

Traditionally dry fruits were dried either by sun-dried method or by dehydration using wind tunnels. Dry fruits have a long history of food safety. Dry fruits are actually dried form of fresh fruits or dry fruits can be simply explained as fresh fruits with water removed or dehydrated to retain the pulp of the fruit.

Dehydration of fresh fruits eventually, causes some of the essential nutrients to become more concentrated, and also changes overall look of fruits.

Dried Fruit is Loaded With Micronutrients, Fiber and Antioxidants

Dried fruit is highly nutritious. One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package.

By weight, dried fruit contains up to 3.5 times the fiber, vitamins and minerals of fresh fruit. Therefore, one serving can provide a large percentage of the daily recommended intake of many vitamins and minerals, such as folate.

Dried fruit generally contains a lot of fiber and is a great source of antioxidants, especially polyphenols.

Polyphenol antioxidants are associated with health benefits such as improved blood flow, better digestive health, decreased oxidative damage and reduced risk of many diseases.Dried fruit is rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals. It is also high in phenolic antioxidants, which have numerous health benefits.

Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits

Several studies have shown that people who eat dried fruit tend to weigh less and ingest more nutrients, compared to individuals not eating dried fruit.

Dry fruits also provide stamina before exercise, thereby are often recommended by fitness experts, that before hitting the gym, he/she should munch on a handful of nuts and almonds, as the nuts help in increasing metabolic rates.

If one is on a diet, Dry fruits can be opted as a great source of energy and fibre, but should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits offer.

Dry fruits without additives offer various health benefits.

Antioxidants in dry cranberries, grapes/raisins, and plums are twice as potent and full of minerals as compared to fresh fruits. The cracking thing about Dry fruits are that, they don’t contain fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Dry fruits are perfect for long trips and especially for students as they need energy to revitalize them any movement…

Source: Health Benefits of Eating Dry Fruits — Steemit



Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight? = Diet Food

Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight?

Sarika Rana   |  Updated: February 12, 2018 18:05 IST

Losing weight is a gradual process

Fiber feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut known as gut flora

Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrate

Losing weight is a gradual process and it is important to load up on nutrient dense and low calorie foods that encourage and induce weight loss.

Most health experts have given credit to fiber-rich foods considering they are bulking agents that help stimulate your metabolism and further help shed extra kilos.

Now, how do fiber rich foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, et al really function in order to cut down on your body fat? So they even help you lose weight or is it just a myth?

According to Aashima Chopra, Dietician, Paras Bliss Panchkula, “Fiber feeds the friendly bacteria in the gut known as gut flora. All this bacteria too needs to eat well. This is where fiber steps in. It passes through the digestive system mostly unchanged, reaching the friendly bacteria in the intestine that end up digesting the fiber and turning it into usable energy.”

What is fiber?

Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrate present in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, et al, but aren’t easily digested by the body, so it passes quickly through your system without causing the blood sugar levels to spike. This is mostly why diabetics are advised to eat more fiber-rich foods. Fiber is classified into soluble and insoluble fibers, depending on whether they dissolve in liquids. Most of you may not know that fiber is a carbohydrateHow does fiber help in losing weight?

Bacteria in our gut play a key role in various aspects of health, which may include health management, immunity, brain function and blood sugar control among others. Now, in order to function well, these bacteria need to be well-fed. Fiber is responsible for reaching the gut bacteria undigested that end up digesting the fiber.

One of the key functions of fiber in losing weight is to reduce your appetite and making you feel satiated for longer. This in turn prevents hunger pangs and cravings. Soluble fiber like pectins and glucomannan tend to thicken in water and form a gel-like substance that sits in the gut. This substance then delays the emptying of the stomach and increases the time it takes to digest and absorb nutrients; all this results in a feeling of fullness…

FINISH READING: Do Fiber Rich Foods Help In Losing Weight? – NDTV Food


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Frozen Mixed Vegetables = Diet Food

Cook and serve with nothing on them.

Boil till plump and tender.

Eat 1 cup after drinking a glass of something: doctored water, juice, plant milk, whatever.

Years ago I did this on a regular basis – not every day but mostly every day.

One part of staying trim is to be regular in the digestive department. This works better than a laxative. For me, this is a perfect fit.

I could eat these all day just plain – snack on them while I work even. The variety of vegetables is what I like and it’s an easy chew. and it’s filling.

Another feature: If I only eat this and nothing in between I don’t get food cravings.

Along with the 50 calorie Tofu Pups – animal-free hot dogs – this  for me qualifies as a diet food coming in at 90 calories per cup – fat-free, sugar-free, animal-free.



Lightlife Bologna = Diet Food

LIGHTLIFE. SMART DELI. MEATLESS BOLOGNA Contains No Animal Products and is now on the AFC RAPID FAT-LOSS  = Diet Food List

THIS VEGGIE BOLOGNA is another one of those diet foods that satisfies your ‘not really hungry’ urge to consume.

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HOSTESS Classic Wheat = Diet Food

There’s a Walgreen’s store a block away from us. I needed bread and didn’t want to walk all the way to the grocery and knew Walgreen’s sold something that looked like bread.  I stopped buying Hostess decades ago and didn’t even know they made bread. Well, this is pretty good for a light sandwich, which is what I want these days. Most similar breads contain about 110 calories per slice. With Hostess I get 2 slices for 140 calories and only 1.5 grams of fat.

Welcome to my home Hostess.

Contains No Animal Products

Yes, this qualifies as a diet food on AFC RAPID FAT-LOSS DIET.



Grapefruit As Appetite Suppressant = Diet Food


Suppress Appetite

Grapefruit works as an excellent appetite suppressant as compared to many other foods. It is said that smell of the grapefruit reduces the feeling of hunger, which is the reason why people often include grapefruits in their weight loss programs. The high amounts of fiber in these fruits can also satisfy hunger, help people avoid overeating, and stimulate cholecystokinin to be released, a hormone that regulates digestive juices and acts as a hunger suppressant….



Try this FAT-FREE PINK CHIFFON DRESSING made from ruby red grapefruit juice on salads and veggies.



TOFU PUPS by Lightlife = Diet food


A veggie hot dog that only contains 50 calories? Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack? It’s a good, economical way to stay on your diet path.

Boil them till hot or place in microwave till hot and they’re good to go. There’s no need to fry them, they’re that good.

The texture is very much like the animal version, only better and better for you and the planet, which is your home don’t forget.

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