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.



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


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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