Thursday, March 13, 2014

Is Coconut A Dog's Best Friend?

My new puppy Ms. JW is such a fluffy white ball of energy.  I wonder if coconut oil can keep help her that way, full of energy with healthy looking hair.  I’ve got to do some research to be sure that coconut products are not harmful to her.

 The breeder gave me the following list of common foods that are poisonous to dogs:

  • Alcohol

  • Avocado

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee, tea

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Onions

  • Potato leaves and stems

  • Raisins and grapes

  • Tomato leaves and stems

This list just goes to show you, just because a food is OK for human consumption that doesn't mean that the same food is OK for dogs.

I was surprised to learn  that garlic, onions and grapes are on the  poison list.  I don’t want to find out the hard way that coconut is not good for puppies and dogs. So my next step will be to do some serious research.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Make Your Afternoon Tea More Robust With Coconut

Japanese woman in kimono drinking Matcha tea
Enjoying Matcha Green Tea

In previous posts, I've discussed how coconut sugar adds a delightful new taste sensation to strong teas like ginger  and mint.   I've recently discovered that spicy flavored coconut sugar also enlivens bland tasting green tea.

It's also great with regular ole' Lipton's black tea.  There's no other beverage that recharges me like Lipton's Tea during late afternoons.

 I drink a couple of other specialty teas like red Hibiscus during winter to reduce symptoms of  colds and flu and spearmint  during summer to cool off.

I started drinking green tea after reading about its health benefits several years ago.   Then I learned about a supercharged antioxidant powdered version of green tea, Matcha or Maccha,  that is actually eaten during the Japanese Tea Ceremony. 

 Yes, the tea is eaten and I was curious.   As I recall, Matcha had a peculiar taste that probably could have used some coconut sugar in the cup.

But eventually, I returned to Lipton's Tea that I spike with coconut sugar for a  cup of  spicy afternoon delight.