Friday, July 22, 2011

Lawn 911! Pet Poisonous Cocoa Bean Mulch


Lawn 911! Pet Poisonous Cocoa Bean Mulch

dog with cocoa bean mulch
If your dog likes to spend sunny days lazing in the garden, his treat-seeking nose may lead him to one danger in particular: sweet-smelling cocoa bean mulch.
Many gardeners are familiar with the use of cocoa bean shells, a by-product of chocolate production, in landscaping. It’s especially popular for its attractive odor and color and eventual degradation into organic fertilizer. But many pet parents don’t realize that cocoa mulch, if eaten in large quantities by mischievous dogs, can be toxic.
“Dogs are attracted to the fertilizer’s sweet smell,” says Dr. Steven Hansen, ASPCA Chief Operating Officer, “but like chocolate, cocoa bean mulch can be too much for our canine companions.”
Ingestion of large amounts of cocoa bean mulch may cause a variety of clinical signs, including:
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • elevated heart rate
  • hyperactivity
  • muscle tremors
  • neurological disturbances
Dr. Hansen recommends that the gardeners among us consider using a nontoxic alternative, such as shredded pine, cedar or hemlock bark, to beautify their yards. These will keep your pooch and your garden happy and healthy.
If you suspect your dog has ingested cocoa bean mulch, please contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

I read this on the ASPCA's web site and I thought I would share it with all of my readers.  Our pets health is important to us as I know your pets health is important to you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Too-EZ Fish Taco Supreme



Too-EZ Fish Taco Supreme

1 serving = 258 calories (believe me it is a bunch of food)
Ingredients
4 ounces of raw tilapia (or other low cal fish you like)
1/3 cup thinly sliced onion
1/3 cup thinly sliced bell pepper
½ teaspoon taco seasoning mix
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 large corn tortilla (we used low cal flour ones instead)
¼ cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Place fish and sliced veggies in a bowl and spray with a light mist of nonstick spray. Sprinkle with taco seasoning and lime juice, and toss to combine. Set aside.
Lay a large piece of heavy-duty foil on a baking sheet and spray with non-stick spray. Transfer fish and veggies to the center of the foil.
Fold up and seal the foil creating a pouch.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes r until the fish is cooked.  Allow the packet to cool for a bit then carefully open it up.
Warm your tortilla a little, place your beans and fish mixture in the center and fold up the sides.
Eat and Enjoy!!!

This recipe is for 1 serving
Adapted from Hungry Girl 300 for 300 cookbook.

Let me say this is one super yummy recipe.  I do not think you will be disappointed…well unless you don’t care for fish that is.

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