How To Whip Up A Batch Of Smoothies!

 I would go to the grocery store where I would purchase fresh ingredients for my smoothies.  Because most produce is sold in quantities I was buying enough for 1 to 2 weeks. The trick was to make and drink them before any of the produce went bad. Inevitably this is where I would fail basically throwing away dollars I had spent.  Another problem was the fact I usually didn’t have time in the morning to make one to carry to work. 

My Solution is to 

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Can Dogs Eat Honey?

Can Dogs Eat Honey?

Honey is a natural sweetener that contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E, and K, plus calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, silicon, sulfur, potassium, manganese, copper, and iodine. Some dog owners have found additional health benefits to feeding raw local honey to their dogs including improved mobility in arthritic dogs, higher energy levels, stress reduction and improved digestion.

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Are You Feeding Your Dog Biofilm?

Biofilm is that slimy stuff you can feel on the inside of a water bowl.  It’s a collection of organic and inorganic bacteria bound together in a thick substance that acts as a glue to hold the bacteria together and adhere it to the surface. It provides a safe haven for organisms like Listeria, E. coli and legionella which can reproduce to levels where contamination of products passing through that water becomes inevitable. They can lead to a wide variety of microbial infections such as urinary tract infections, bladder infections, and middle ear infections. 

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Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Can Dogs Eat Avocados?

Kirby, who is now 7 years old, has been eating avocado since he was a little puppy.  One of my favorite lunches is small curd cottage cheese with slices of avocado.  Kirby always gets a dollop of cottage cheese and a slice of avocado.  It's never made him ill, not even an upset stomach. 

Avocados are cholesterol free, sodium free, and low saturated fat with only 5.0 grams of fat per serving.  In fact, most of the fat found in an avocado is monosaturated fat, a “good fat” that may help lower cholesterol.  They are an excellent source of fiber, potassium (containing 60% more than bananas), vitamin K, Vitamin B9, vitamin B6, vitamin B5 vitamin C, and vitamin E, and research suggests this fruit can lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of diabetes, promote lower body weight, and prevent cancer. 

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Carrageenan - No Thank You!

Carrageenan - No Thank You!

Recently I was perusing the aisles of our newly renovated Kroger. Passing the pet food aisle, which I never enter, a refrigerated section caught my eye.  Hopeful I strolled into the aisle, opened the glass door, and pulled out a roll of Fresh Pet dog food.  I started reading the ingredients, placed the roll back, and moved on to another aisle. The ingredient that made me say no? Carrageenan.

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PAAWS AM/PM Dog Vitamins

PAAWS AM/PM Dog Vitamins

First I love that these all natural vitamins are made in the USA. Second I like the fact Kirby no longer has to take a separate joint supplement. Third, I like that there are different benefits in the AM and PM vitamins. I have read positive review after review which is very reassuring. The price is affordable - at only $30 for 30 AM tablets and 30 PM tablets my cost is $15 a month (his weight specifies 1/2 tablet am and 1/2 tablet pm).

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