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Easy Better Ramen

So being a college kid, ramen is kind of the major cheap meal I can make, but let’s be real, you can only have plain ramen so often. So this is kind of the “better ramen” recipe I make!

Keep in mind pretty much all of the extra things are optional, so go ahead and pick and choose whatever you wanna add to it.

Ingredients:

  • Ramen (brand really doesn’t matter, but make sure it’s one where the noodles and flavoring are separate)
  • 1 Egg
  • OPTIONAL: butter or nonstick spray for the egg
  • Peanut butter (I do crunchy, but it doesn’t really matter)
  • Hoisin sauce or soy sauce (both, either, or neither, it’s up to you!)
  • Canned or frozen veggies– I usually use corn and carrots carrots
  • Onion (either onion powder or fresh or frozen)
  • Garlic (again, fresh or powdered)

Tools/Things you need:

  • Bowls (1-2+, depending)
  • Fork/spoon

What to do:

  1. Heat up your veggies in a bowl in the microwave, make sure not to use too much so you can add your noodles
  2. In a separate bowl, crack your egg and scramble it with the butter or nonstick spray– add a little bit of water into the egg scramble. Microwave for about 45 seconds to a minute and a half: watch the egg while it microwaves, because if you let it overcook it might pop or splatter.
  3. Heat up your ramen noodles the way you normally would in the microwave, but don’t add the packet
  4. Drain the cooked noodles to about half
  5. Add ¼ to ½ of the seasoning packet to the water
  6. Add 1 spoonful of peanut butter and mix it in with the ramen broth until smooth
  7. Add a few drops of soy sauce and/or a very small amount of hoisin sauce (careful! Hoisin is very strong and a very little bit goes a long way!)
  8. Add your garlic and onion and mix in
  9. Take the cooked egg and break it up with 2 forks, to get lots of little egg bits, and add it to the ramen too
  10. Add your veggies and stir that in and enjoy! A lot of this is personal preference, so your measurements might be different than mine

You can add more or less of anything here too, so don’t feel constrained to my recipe– this is just what I usually do because of what I have on hand. All of this can be done in the microwave or on the stove, I’ve done it both ways!

Hey all! This is my recipe for vegan chickpea and avocado “salad”. It’s pretty easy if you have a small food processor or blender, but can definitely be done by hand. This batch makes enough for a few days of filling sandwiches. I like it stuffed in a pita with baby spinach and other veggies (whatever I have on hand). Here it’s pictured with Chipotle veganaise on a Multigrain pita. Here we go!

Supplies:
Knife for cutting avocado
Cutting board or plate
Food processor, blender, or fork for mashing (you can get a small food processor for $20ish on amazon)
Tupperware

Ingredients:
2 cans chickpeas
2 ripe avocados
2 carrots
Garlic powder
Lemon juice
Paprika (smoked is the BOMB, but regular is fine!)
Salt and Pepper

Steps:
The first step is totally optional, but it makes a smoother salad: peel your chickpeas. This can take a while, but just pinch the peas to seperate the skins. This goes faster with help, but I think is worth it (I’ve made it both ways). Again, an optional step!
Step two: remove pit and peel from your avocados. Place in food processor (or tupperware, if you’re mashing by hand). Add chickpeas.
Step three: Grind it up! I like to grind the chickpeas enough that they aren’t whole, but have some chunky pieces for a meaty texture. My food processor is small, so I do this in batches. Place avocado/chickpea mixture in your tupperware.
Step four: peel, then shred your carrots directly into your tupperware. I save the peels and stubs and freeze them to make veggie stock. 😊
Step five: season! I use a splash of lemon juice and eye the rest. I like mine with a lot of flavor, so I tend to use a heavy hand on the seasoning. Mix it up, store in the fridge. I rotate this sandwich with pb&j. It would be good on all sorts of breads.

Good luck!

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VITAMIN A/BETA-CAROTENE – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas, broccoli, cabbage, cacao/chocolate, cantaloupe, carrots, cayenne pepper, celery, cherries, chlorella, garlic, grapefruit, green vegetables (leafy), green peppers, honeydew, kale, kelp, lucuma powder, mango, nori, oranges, papaya, parsley, peas, persimmons, pineapple, prunes, pumpkin, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), sweet potato, tomato, watermelon, wheat, winter squash, wheatgrass, yams, yellow fruits, yellow squash and yellow vegetables
VITAMIN B-1/THIAMINE – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, avocados, barley, beans, broccoli, cacao/chocolate, chlorella, dates, figs, garlic, grains (all), greens (all), kelp, lentils, nutritional yeast, onions, parsley, peas, pecans, prunes, raisins, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), vegetables (all), wheatgrass, wild rice and yams
VITAMIN B-2/RIBOFLAVIN – alfalfa sprouts, apples, apricots, asparagus, avocados, bananas, beans, black currants, broccoli, cacao/chocolate, cashews, cherries, chlorella, dates, figs, garlic, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), kelp, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, nuts, okra, onions, parsley, pineapple, prunes, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass and wild rice
VITAMIN B-3/NIACIN – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apricots, asparagus, avocados, bananas, cacao/chocolate, cantaloupe, chlorella, corn, dates, figs, garlic, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), kelp, lucuma powder, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, nuts, onions, parsley, peas, plums, potato, prunes, raspberries, rice (brown/wild), seeds (all), squash, soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, tomato, tempeh, watermelon and wheatgrass
VITAMIN B-5/PANTOTHENIC ACID (destroyed by heat) – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, asparagus, avocados, beans, broccoli, cabbage, cacao/chocolate, carrots, cauliflower, chlorella, corn, flax (oil/seeds), grains (all), green vegetables, legumes, mushrooms (shiitake), nutritional yeast, nuts, oats, onions, oranges, papaya, peas, pineapple, potato, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), tomato, walnuts, watermelon, wheatgerm, wheatgrass and yams
VITAMIN B-6/PYRIDOXINE (destroyed by heat) – alfalfa sprouts, apples, asparagus, avocados, bananas, barley, beans, beets, bell peppers, blueberries, buckwheat, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, chlorella, corn, flax (oil/seeds), grains (all), grapes, green vegetables (leafy), lemon, mango, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, nuts, onions, oranges, peas, plum, prunes, raisins, squash, soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), sweet potato, tomato, watermelon, wheatbran, wheatgerm, wheatgrass and yams
B-12/CYANOCOBALAMIN (destroyed by heat) – barley, beans, chlorella, dulse, grains (all), grapes (concord), kelp, mustard greens, nori, nuts, plums, prunes, sauerkraut (unpasteurized), seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), wheatgerm and wheatgrass and EAT LOTS OF UNWASHED (i.e., some soil intact) ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. You can also add Red Star nutritional yeast to your meals.
B-15/PANGAMIC ACID (destroyed by heat) – almonds, apricot seeds, brown rice, cabbage, chlorella, grains (all), juniper berries, nutritional yeast, nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (all), sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, unwashed vegetables and wheatgrass
B-17/AMYGDALIN/LAETRILE (destroyed by heat) – almonds, apple seeds, apricot kernels, barley, blackberries, brown rice, buckwheat, cherry seeds, chia seeds, celery, chlorella, cranberries, elderberries, flax (oil/seeds), garlic, grains (all), macadamia, millet, mung beans, nectarine seeds, oats, peach seeds, pear seeds, plum seeds, raspberries, rye, sesame seeds, sprouts (all), strawberries and wheatgrass
BIOTIN (B Complex) – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, bananas, beans, brown rice, chlorella, corn, fruits (all), grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), grapes, nutritional yeast, nuts, okra, peanuts, raisins, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, strawberries, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
CHOLINE (B Complex) – avocados, beans, bean sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, chlorella, corn, fruits (all), grains (all), green beans, green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), lentils, nutritional yeast, nuts, peanuts, peas, seeds (all), soy, spinach, wheat, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
FOLIC ACID (B Complex) (destroyed by heat) – alfalfa sprouts, apricots, asparagus, avocados, beans, beet greens, broccoli, buckwheat sprouts, cantaloupe, cauliflower, chlorella, citrus fruits, cucumber, grains (all), grapes, green vegetables (leafy), kelp, oranges, papaya, peas, pecans, plums, prunes, raisins, rye, soy, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, sweet potato, walnuts, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
INOSITOL (B Complex) – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, artichokes, barley, beans, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, chlorella, corn, fruit (all), garlic, grains (all), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), lima beans, nutritional yeast, nuts, oatmeal, oats, onions, oranges, peanuts, peas, raisins, spirulina, sunflower seeds, vegetables (all), wheatgerm and wheatgrass
PABA/PARA-AMINOBENZOIC ACID (B Complex) – beans, brown rice, chlorella, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), molasses (unrefined), mushrooms, nutritional yeast, spinach, wheatbran, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
VITAMIN C/ASCORBIC ACID (destroyed by heat) – alfalfa sprouts, apples, asparagus, beets, berries (all), broccoli, cabbage, cacao/chocolate, cantaloupe, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chlorella, citrus fruits, cucumber, garlic, grapefruit, green vegetables (leafy), green peppers, guava, honeydew, kale, kelp, kidney beans, kiwi, kumquats, lemon, lime, lucuma powder, lychee, mango, onions, oranges, papaya, parsley, peas, persimmons, pineapple, potato, radish, raspberries, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, sweet potato, tomato, watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass and yams
VITAMIN D/CALCIFEROL – alfalfa sprouts, avocados, basil, carrots, chlorella, fenugreek (powder/seeds), garlic, green vegetables (leafy), mushrooms (shiitake), papaya, parsley, seeds (all), spirulina, sunflower seeds, SUNLIGHT, sweet potato, watercress and wheatgrass
VITAMIN D2/ERGOCALCIFEROL – alfalfa sprouts, chlorella, spirulina, SUNLIGHT, yeast
VITAMIN E/TOCOPHEROL – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apples, asparagus, avocados, barley, blackberries, broccoli, brown rice, cacao/chocolate, carrots, cherries, chlorella, corn, dandelion greens, dulse, flax (oil/seeds), fruit (all), grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, leeks, nuts, oats, olive oil, oranges, parsley, parsnips, peanuts, quinoa, seeds (all), spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tomato, vegetable oils, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
VITAMIN F/UNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS (destroyed by heat) – açaí, almonds, avocados, chlorella, fruits (all), garlic, ginger, nuts, olive oil, oranges, parsley, peanuts, pecans, root vegetables, seeds (all), soy, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, vegetable oil, wheatgerm, wheat and wheatgrass
VITAMIN K/PHYLLOQUINONE – alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cayenne pepper, chlorella, corn, ginger, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), kale, kelp, mushrooms, oats, oatmeal, oats, peas, potato, root vegetables, rye, safflower oil, seaweed, soy, spinach, strawberries, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
VITAMIN P/BIOFLAVONOIDS (destroyed by heat) – apricots, blackberries, buckwheat, cherries, chlorella, citrus fruits (inner rind), currants, grapefruit, grapes, juniper berries, lemon, oranges, parsley and plums
VITAMIN T (very little known) – alfalfa sprouts, chlorella, plantain, sesame seeds, sesame butter (raw) and some vegetables oils
VITAMIN U (very little known) – alfalfa sprouts, cabbage (raw), celery (raw), chlorella and green vegetables (leafy and raw)
ALLYL SULFIDES – chives, garlic, leeks and onions
ALPHA-CAROTENE – berries (all), broccoli, carrots, chlorella, corn, green vegetables (leafy), oranges, peaches, pumpkin, seaweed and sweet potatoes
ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID – broccoli, potatoes and spinach
ANTHOCYANINS – black currants, blueberries, cherries, cranberries, raspberries, red cabbage and strawberries
ARGININE – apples, apricots, beans, berries (all), cacao/chocolate, coconut, eggplant, grains (all), nuts, pineapple, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except celery and turnips)
BETA-SITOSTEROL – açaí, chlorella, fruits (all) and green vegetables (leafy)
BIOFLAVONOIDS – apricots, blackberries, black currants, blueberries, buckwheat, cantaloupe, cherries, citrus fruits, citrus skins (inner rind), cranberries, elderberries, gooseberries, grapefruit, huckleberries, lemon, onions, papaya, parsley, peppers, persimmons, plums, prunes, pomegranate, raisins, raspberries, red grapes (with seeds), strawberries, tomato and walnuts
BORON – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apples, beans, cabbage, carrots, dates, filberts, grapes, green vegetables (leafy), hazelnuts, kelp, pears, plums, prunes, raisins, soy and wheat
CATECHIN – berries (all), black tea, cacao/chocolate, green tea and rhubarb
CALCIUM – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds (234 milligrams per 100 gram serving), apricots, avocados, beans, brazil nuts, broccoli, cabbage, carob, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chickpeas (150 milligrams per 100 gram serving), chlorella, coconut, cornmeal, dandelion greens, dulse, figs, filberts, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), hazelnuts, hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), hijiki sea vegetable (1,400 milligrams per 100 gram serving), kelp, lemon, lentils, lettuce, lucuma powder, maca powder, mango, mesquite powder, millet, miso, nuts, oats, onions, oranges, parsley (203 milligrams per 100 gram serving), prunes, raisins, seaweed, sesame seeds (1,160 milligrams per 100 gram serving), soy (226 milligrams per 100 gram serving), spirulina, sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, watercress, wheatgrass, and yams
CHLORINE – alfalfa sprouts, avocados, bananas, beets, blackberries, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, chlorella, coconut, cucumber, dandelion greens, dates, eggplant, figs, kale, kelp, lettuce, mushrooms, oats, onions, peaches, peas, pineapple, radish, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, watercress, watermelon, wheat and wheatgrass
CHLOROPHYLL – blue-green algae, chlorella, spirulina and wheatgrass
CHROMIUM – apples, bananas, barley, basil, beans, beets, black pepper, broccoli, cacao/chocolate, carrots, chlorella, corn oil, dulse, garlic, grains (all), grapes, hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, mineral water, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, onions, oranges, raisins, seaweed, spirulina, tomato, walnuts and wheatgrass
COBALT – alfalfa sprouts, apricots, broccoli, chlorella, dulse, garlic, green vegetables (leafy), kelp, seaweed, spinach, spirulina, wheat, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
COENZYME Q10/UBIQUINONE – almonds, grains (all) and spinach
COPPER – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apricots, avocados, barley, beans, beets, brazil nuts, broccoli, buckwheat, cacao/chocolate, cauliflower, chlorella, filberts, garlic, grapes, green vegetables (leafy), grains (all), hazelnuts, kelp, lentils, millet, mushrooms, nuts, oats, parsley, peas, pecans, plums, pomegranate, prunes, raisins, seaweed, soy, spirulina, sunflower seeds, tomato and walnuts
CRYPTOXANTHIN – apples, apricots, corn, green peppers, lemon, oranges, papaya, paprika, persimmons and starfruit
CURCUMIN – cumin seeds and turmeric
CYSTEINE – brazil nuts, soy and whole wheat
ELLAGIC ACID – apples, black currants, black walnuts, cherries, cranberries, grapes, pomegranate, raisins, raspberries and strawberries
FIBER – cacao/chocolate, chlorella, fruits (all), lucuma powder, lychee, maca powder, mesquite powder and vegetables (all)
FLAVONOIDS – cacao/chocolate, fruits (all) and vegetables (all)
FLUORINE (destroyed by heat) – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, avocados, beet greens, black tea, black-eyed peas, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chlorella, dandelion greens, dates, endive, garlic, green tea, green vegetables (leafy), kelp, mustard greens, nuts, oats, parsley, rye, seaweed, seeds (all), spinach, tomato, turnip greens, watercress, wheat and wheatgrass
FRUCTO-OLIGOSACCHARIDES – artichokes, bananas, barley, garlic, onions and tomato
GAMMA-CAROTENE – tomato
GAMMA-LINOLENIC ACID – black currant seed oil and borage seed oil
GERMANIUM – aloe vera, barley, chlorella, garlic, mushrooms (shiitake) and oats
GLUTAMIC ACID – dates and mushrooms (shiitake)
GLUTAMINE – oats, parsley and spinach
GLUTATHIONE – apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, onions, parsley, peaches, potato, spinach, sprouts (all), strawberries, tomato, walnuts, watermelon and winter squash
GLYCINE – avocados, oats, wheatgerm and whole wheat
HESPERIDIN – berries (all), buckwheat, grapefruit, lemon and oranges
HISTIDINE – apples, beans, nuts, papaya, pineapple, seeds (all) and vegetables (except celery, radish and turnip)
INDOLES – Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens and radish
IODINE – apples, artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, blueberries, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, chives, chlorella, citrus fruit, coconut, dulse, eggplant, garlic, green peppers, kale, kelp, mustard greens, onions, peanuts, pears, pineapple, sea salt, seaweed, sesame seeds, soy, spinach, squash, strawberries, swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, watermelon and wheat
IRON (consuming foods rich in VITAMIN C while consuming the following foods will INCREASE iron absorption) – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apricots, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, beans, beets, blackberries, blackstrap molasses, bran flakes, cacao/chocolate, carrots, cashews, cherries, chick peas (cooked), chlorella, dandelion greens, dates, dried fruit, dulse, figs, grains (all), grapes, Grape Nuts, green peppers, green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, lentils, lucuma powder, maca powder, mango, mesquite powder, millet, nutritional yeast, oatmeal, onions, parsley, pecans, persimmons, pinto beans (cooked), pistachio nuts, plums, prunes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, seeds (all), seaweed, shallots, soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), squash, sunflower seeds, swiss chard, walnut, wheatgerm, wheatgrass and yams
ISOFLAVONES – alfalfa sprouts, berries (all), broccoli, cabbage, carrots and soy
ISOLEUCINE – apples, apricots, beans, dates, figs, nuts, peaches, pears, persimmons, rye, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except celery, lettuce and radish)
KAEMPFEROL – asparagus, beets, cauliflower, dill, grapefruit and strawberries
LECITHIN – beans, grains (all) and nutritional yeast
LEUCINE – apples, apricots, dates, figs, grains (all), nuts, peaches, pears, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except celery, lettuce and radish)
LIGNINS – flax (oil/seeds)
LIMONENE – caraway seeds, celery seeds, grapefruit, lemon, oranges and tangerines
LITHIUM – dulse, eggplant, green vegetables (leafy), kelp, peppers and tomato
LUTEIN – apples, apricots, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, chlorella, collard greens, corn, cranberries, kale, kiwi, lettuce, mustard greens, orange juice, orange peel, paprika, peaches, peas, potato, pumpkin, raisin, red grapes, red peppers, spinach, spirulina, tomato, turnip greens, winter squash and zucchini
LYCOPENE – apricots, carrots, chlorella, grapefruit (pink), green peppers, guava, tomato and watermelon
LYSINE – aloe vera, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, beans, cantaloupe, dates, figs, grains (all), grapefruit, nuts, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (all)
MAGNESIUM – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, apples, apricots, artichokes, avocados, bananas, beans, beets, broccoli, cacao/chocolate, cantaloupe, carrot, cauliflower, celery, chlorella, coconut, corn, dandelion greens, dates, dulse, fenugreek (powder/seeds), figs, garlic, grains (all), grapefruit, grapes, green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), lemon, lentils, mango, mesquite powder, mushrooms, nuts, oranges, paprika, parsley, peaches, pears, peppers, pineapple, plums, prunes, rice (brown/wild), seeds (all), sesame seeds, spirulina, sprouts (all), squash, strawberries, sunflower seeds, sweet potato, tomato, watercress, watermelon, wheat and wheatgrass
MANGANESE – alfalfa sprouts, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, beans, beet greens, beets, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, cacao/chocolate, carrots, celery, chives, chlorella, cucumber, dandelion greens, grains (all), grapefruit, green vegetables (leafy), kelp, legumes, mango, nuts, oats, oranges, parsley, peas, persimmons, pineapple, plums, prunes, seaweed, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sweet potato, walnuts, watercress, wheatgrass and yams
METHIONINE – apples, apricots, bananas, brazil nuts, brown rice, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cantaloupe, cauliflower, chives, dates, figs, garlic, grains (all), lentils, nuts, onions, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, sesame seeds, soy, strawberries, sunflower seeds, tomato and watercress
METHYL-SULFONYL-METHANE/MSM – aloe vera, pine nuts and rain-watered fruits/vegetables (unwashed)
MOLYBDENUM – apricots, beans, cantaloupe, carrots, chlorella, garlic, grapes, green vegetables (leafy), grains (all), legumes, raisins, seaweed, spirulina, strawberries, sunflower seeds and wheatgrass
MONOTERENES – basil, broccoli, carrots, citrus fruits, eggplant, parsley, peppermint, tomato and yams
OMEGA FATTY ACIDS – açaí, beans, black currant seed oil, blue-green algae, borage seed oil, cabbage, canola oil, flax (oil/seeds), chlorella, corn, green vegetables (leafy), hemp (oil/seed/powder/milk), pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soy, sprouts (all), squash, vegetable oils, walnuts and wheat
PECTIN – apples, bananas, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, figs, grapefruit, lima beans, mustard greens, onions, turnip greens and watercress
PHENYLALANINE – almonds, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, beans, beets, carrots, figs, grains (all), nuts, parsley, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except lettuce and radish)
PHOSPHOROUS – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apricots, asparagus, bananas, beans, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, celery, chlorella, coconut, corn, dates, dried fruits, dulse, grains (all), garlic, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), kale, kelp, lentils, mango, nuts, oats, onions, parsley, peas, pistachio nuts, potato, pumpkin seeds, raisins, rice (brown/wild), seaweed, sesame seeds, seeds (all), spirulina, sprouts (all), swiss chard, watercress, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
PHYTOENE/PHYTOFLUENE – tomato
POTASSIUM (destroyed by excessive heat) – açaí, almonds, apples, apple cider vinegar (unpasteurized), apricots, avocados, bananas, beans, beet greens, black currants, blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, carrots, cherries, chlorella, citrus fruits, cucumber, dandelion greens, dates, dulse, figs, garlic, grains (all), grapes, green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, lentils, lychee, mango, mesquite powder, mung beans, onions, oranges, papaya, peaches, pecans, pistachio nuts, plantain, potato, prunes, pumpkin seeds, raisins, sesame seeds, spirulina, sprouts (all), sunflower seeds, tomato, turnip, watercress, watermelon, wheatgrass, winter squash and yams
PROANTHOCYANADINS/ANTHOCYANOSIDES – blackberries, blueberries, citrus fruit seeds, cherries, elderberries, grape seeds and raspberries
PROTEIN – beans, broccoli (40%), brown rice, cacao/chocolate, cauliflower (40%), chlorella, fruit (2-3%), grains (all), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seed), lentils, lucuma powder, maca powder, mesquite powder, nuts, seeds (all), soy, vegetables (all) and wheatgrass
QUERCETIN – apples, blue-green algae, black tea, broccoli, buckwheat, cherries, citrus fruits, garlic, green tea, green vegetables (leafy), onions (yellow/purple) and red grapes
RESVERATROL – grape skins and grape leaves
RIBONUCLEIC ACID/RNA – asparagus, beets, green vegetables (leafy), lentils, mushrooms, nuts and radish
RUTIN – apricots, blackberries, buckwheat, cherries, citrus fruit peels (inner rind) and hawthorn berries
SELENIUM – alfalfa sprouts, asparagus, beets, black-eyed peas, broccoli, brown rice, cabbage, carrots, cashews, celery, chlorella, dulse, fenugreek (powder/seeds), garlic, grains (all), kelp, mango, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, nuts, onions, parsley, seaweed, soy, spirulina, sprouts (all), squash, sunflower seeds, tomato, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
SILICON – alfalfa sprouts, almonds, apples, apricots, artichokes, asparagus, bananas, barley, beets, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, chlorella, corn, cucumber, dandelion greens, figs, grains (all), grapes, hemp (nuts/oil/powder/seeds), horseradish, kelp, leeks, lettuce, mustard greens, oats, onions, plums, pumpkins, radish, raisins, seeds (all), skins of fruits/vegetables, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, swiss chard, sunflower seeds, tomato, watermelon, wheatgerm, wheatgrass and wild rice
SODIUM – alfalfa sprouts, apples, apricots, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, carrots, cashews, celery, chlorella, coconut, collard greens, dandelion greens, dates, dulse, figs, garlic, grapes, kale, kelp, lentils, mango, millet, okra, olives, onions, parsley, plums, prunes, raisins, red cabbage, sea salt (unrefined), seaweed, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, sprouts (all), strawberries, sweet potato, swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, watermelon, wheat and wheatgrass
SULFORAPHANE – broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and turnips
SULFUR – alfalfa sprouts, apples, apricots, asparagus, avocados, beans, blue-green algae, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cayenne, celery, chives, chlorella, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, garlic, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), hemp (nuts/oil/powder/seeds), horseradish, kale, kelp, lima beans, nuts, oats, onions, parsnip, peaches, peas, plums, potato, prunes, pumpkin seeds, raspberries, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, string beans, swiss chard, tomato, turnip, watercress, wheat, wheatgerm and wheatgrass
SUPER-OXIDE DISMUTASE – broccoli, cabbage, green vegetables (leafy), nutritional yeast and wheatgrass
THERONINE – apples, apricots, beans, dates, figs, grains (all), nuts, peaches, pears, persimmons, seeds (all), strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except celery and lettuce)
TRACE MINERALS – alfalfa sprouts, chlorella, dulse, hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, nori, nuts, sea salt, seaweed, seeds (all), soy, spirulina, sprouts (all) and vegetables (all)
TRYPTOPHAN – alfalfa sprouts, avocados, bananas, beans, cacao/chocolate, cashews, chives, dates, durian, figs, grains (all), grapefruit, nuts, oranges, papaya, peaches, pears, persimmons, pineapple, pumpkin seeds, seeds (all), strawberries, sunflower seeds, tomato, sweet potato and vegetables (all)
TYROSINE – alfalfa sprouts, almonds apples, apricots, asparagus, avocados, bananas, beans, beets, bell peppers, carrots, cherries, cucumber, figs, leeks, lettuce, parsley, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, spinach, spirulina, strawberries, sunflower seeds, watercress, watermelon, wheatgerm and whole wheat
VALINE – apples, apricots, beans, dates, figs, grains, mushrooms, nuts, peaches, pears, persimmons, seeds, strawberries, tomato and vegetables (except celery and lettuce)
VANADIUM – dill, grains, olives, parsley, radish, soy and string beans
ZEAXABTHIN – bell peppers, chlorella, corn, grapes, green vegetables (leafy), kiwi, oranges, paprika, raisins, spirulina, winter squash and zucchini
ZETA-CAROTENE – tomato
ZINC – açaí, alfalfa sprouts, almonds, aloe vera, beans, brazil nuts, cacao/chocolate, cashews, cayenne, chlorella, coconut, corn, dandelion greens, dulse, garlic, grains (all), green vegetables (leafy), hemp (milk/oil/powder/seeds), kelp, macadamia nuts, mesquite powder, mushrooms, nutritional yeast, onions, parsley, peanuts, peanut butter, peas, pecans, pine nuts, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, raisins, seaweed, sesame seeds, soy, spinach, spirulina, sunflower seeds, walnuts, wheatgerm and wheatgrass

ravenbara  asked:

Do you have a list of best to worst pellet brands? My girls are currently on fruit zupreem which I learned is not the best. I have the option of switching them to natural zupreem, lafebar pellets or pretty bird. Do you know which is best?

I don’t have a list of all of them but I get asked this a lot so hold on tight we’re going for a ride! Quick note that I am not a vet or nutritionalist, I’m just collecting information from various sources, if anything is wrong, missed, or misinterpreted please let me know so I can correct it. Ordered from best to worst, I would personally only feed the top 4.

Harrisons (adult lifetime)

Ingredients: *Ground Yellow Corn, *Ground Hull-less Barley, *Hulled Grey Millet, *Ground Soybeans, *Ground Shelled Peanuts, *Ground Shelled Sunflower Seeds, *Ground Lentils, *Ground Green Peas, *Ground Toasted Oat Groats, *Ground Alfalfa, *Ground Rice, *Chia Seed, Calcium Carbonate, Montmorillonite Clay, Vitamin E Supplement, Ground Dried Sea Kelp, Sea Salt, *Sunflower Oil, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, *Algae Meal, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Zinc Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Carbonate, *Vegetable Oil.*CERTIFIED ORGANIC INGREDIENT

  • Natural soybeans contain toxins (harrisons does state that they roast them to remove toxins, this also removes a lot of nutritional value)
  • Added salt, 19th on the list (lowest of the bunch)
  • Organic ingredients, spoils quickly

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude protein (min.) 14%

Crude fat (min.) 6%

Crude fiber (max.) 4.5%

Moisture (max.) 10%.


Totally Organics

Ingredients: Rice, barley, corn, sunflower seed hulled, alfalfa leaf, sesame seeds unhulled, amaranth whole, quinoa whole, buckwheat hulled, millet hulled, dandelion leaf powder, carrot powder, spinach leaf powder, purple dulse, rose hips powder, rose hips crushed, orange peel powder, lemon peel powder, rosemary whole leaf, cayenne ground, crushed red chili peppers, wheat grass powder, barley grass powder.

  • a lot of powdered ingredients, generally dehydrated or lacking more nutrients than their raw counterparts
  • no added sweeteners or fillers

Guaranteed Analysis:

Protein 15% Max.

Fat 6% Min.

Crude Fiber 6% Max.


Roudybush (maintainence)

Ingredients: Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Peanut Meal, Soy Oil, Soy Meal, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Yucca schidigen Extract,Salt, Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine, DL-Methionine, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid, Lecithin, Silicon Dioxide (carrier for liquid antioxidants), Sodium Selenite (on Calcium Carbonate), Niacin, Alpha-Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Oxide, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vit. A Acetate, Thiamine, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vit K), Cyanocobalamin (VitB12), Vit D3 Sup. Folic Acid, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Propionic Acid, Ammonium Hydroxide, Acetic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Tartaric Acid, and natural apple flavoring.

  • Added salt, 9th on the list
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • Natural flavouring - These are obtained from plants, meat, fish, fungi and even wood.
  • Chemical compounds of nutrients, guaranteed nutrient value, covers it’s nutritional bases, lasts a long time

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein Minimum 11.0%
Crude Fat Minimum 7.0%
Crude Fiber Maximum 3.5%
Moisture Maximum 12.0%


Lafeber (parakeet diet)

Ingredients: Ground corn, soybean meal, wheat flour, oat groats, cane molasses, dried whole egg, canola oil, dicalcium phosphate, ground limestone, iodized salt, citric acid, dl-methionine (an essential amino acid), l-lysine (an essential amino acid), vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, copper lysine, choline chloride, zinc oxide, manganese oxide, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), biotin, sodium selenite.

  • Added salt, 11th on the list
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • Ground limestone - a common soluble grit, while good for nutrients it may cause issues in the crop
  • Cane molasses - some health benefits but very high in sugar, 5th on the ingredient list,

Guaranteed Analysis: 

Crude protein not less than 15.5%

Crude fat not less than 5%

Crude fibre not more than 3%

Moisture not more than 10.5%


Zupreem (Naturals)

Ingredients: Ground corn, Soybean meal, Ground millet, Ground oat groats, Ground barley, Ground wheat, Wheat germ meal, Sugar, Vegetable oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Ground flaxseed, Calcium carbonate, Dicalcium phosphate, Iodized salt, DL-Methionine, Dried carrots, Dried celery, Dried beets, Dried parsley, Dried cranberries, Dried blueberries, Choline chloride, L-Lysine, Vitamins (Vitamin E supplement, Niacin, Calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Biotin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Thiamine mononitrate, Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Folic acid), preserved with Mixed tocopherols and Citric acid, Hydrolyzed yeast, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of Vitamin C), Minerals (Manganous oxide, Zinc oxide, Copper sulfate, Sodium selenite, Calcium iodate), Rosemary extract

  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • Added Sugar, 8th on the list
  • Added salt, 13th on the list
  • dried/dehydrated foods
  • most nutritional value is obtained from supplements

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (min.)14.0%
Crude Fat (min.)4.0%
Crude Fiber (max.)5.0%
Moisture (max.)10.0%

Higgins (InTune Natural)

Ingredients: Ground Yellow Corn, Brown Rice, Soybean Meal, Ground Wheat, Oatmeal, Cane Sugar, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Egg Product, Flaxseed, Calcium Carbonate, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Sea Salt, Cranberries, Apples, Blueberries, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Spinach, Watercress, Brewer’s Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Algae Meal, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Rosemary Extract, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Extract, Iron Oxide, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Turmeric, Natural Annatto Coloring, Beet Juice, Natural Citrus Flavor, Natural Banana Flavor, Natural Pineapple Flavor, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.

  • Added Sugar
  • Cane Sugar - pure sugar, birds may become addicted, may refuse fresh fruits and vegetables, may lead to obesity, heart conditions, high doses of sugar can be toxic
  • Added salt, 15th on the list
  • “natural” flavourings - These are obtained from plants, meat, fish, fungi and even wood.
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude protein (min.) 15%

Crude fat (min.) 5%

Crude fiber (max.) 5%

Moisture (max.) 11%,


Zupreem (veggie blend)

Ingredients: Ground corn, Soybean meal, Ground wheat, Wheat germ meal, Sugar, Vegetable oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Celery, Green beans, Carrots, Parsley, Beets, Peas, Calcium carbonate, Dicalcium phosphate, Iodized salt, Natural carrot flavor, DL-Methionine, Choline chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E supplement, Niacin, Calcium pantothenate, Vitamin A supplement, Biotin, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine hydrochloride, Thiamine mononitrate, Menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 supplement, Vitamin D3 supplement, Folic acid), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, preserved with Citric acid and Mixed tocopherols, Yellow 5, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of Vitamin C), Yellow 6, Minerals (Manganous oxide, Zinc oxide, Copper sulfate, Sodium selenite, Calcium iodate), Blue 1, Color added, Rosemary extract.

  • Dyes are high in sugar
  • Sugar - birds may become addicted, may refuse fresh fruits and vegetables, may lead to obesity, heart conditions, high doses of sugar can be toxic
  • Coloured pellets can cause birds to pick favourites and not eat the other colours, wasting the bag
  • Added salt, 15th on the list
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • Natural flavours - These are obtained from plants, meat, fish, fungi and even wood.


Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (min.)14%
Crude Fat (min.)4.0%
Crude Fiber (max.)3.5%
Moisture (max.)10%


Pretty Bird (daily select)

Ingredients: Corn, Wheat, Oat Groats, Corn Gluten Meal, Potato Protein, Soya Oil, Coconut Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, L-Lysine, Choline Chloride, Natural and Artificial Flavors, DL Methionine, Isoleucine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ferrous Sulfate, D-Biotin, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Niacinamide, Magnesium Oxide,Vitamin B12 Supplement,BHT (as a preservative), Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Natural and Artificial Colors, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (source of Vitamin K3), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Sulfate.

  • Sugary artificial colours
  • Corn Gluten Meal - little nutritional value, not toxic but just a pointless filler
  • Coloured pellets can cause birds to choose favourites and refuse other colours, wasting the bag
  • Birds have been known to develop sensitivities to food colourings
  • Menadione dimethylpyrimidinol (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • BHT (as a preservative), banned in Japan, Australia, Romania, and Sweden. America has banned it in infant food. Debated in the veterinary field, may cause cancer
  • artificial flavours
  • Natural flavours - These are obtained from plants, meat, fish, fungi and even wood.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min) 14%

Crude Fat/Oil (min) 5 %

Crude Fiber (max) 4%

Moisture (max) 10 %


Nutribird (P15 tropical)

Ingredients: Grains, seeds (at least 10% peanut kernels), fruit (at least 5% fresh fruit), vegetable protein extracts, vegetable by-products, sugar, minerals, L-lysine, methionine, extr. Yucca schidigera, fructo-oligosaccharides, vitamins, trace elements.

  • Sugary artificial colours
  • Sugar -  birds may become addicted, may refuse fresh fruits and vegetables,
  • fructo-oligosaccharides - another sweetener, vegetable-based, used in medicines, high doses may cause digestive upsets, may lead to obesity, heart conditions, high doses of sugar can be toxic
  • Coloured pellets can cause birds to choose favourites and refuse other colours, wasting the bag
  • Birds have been known to develop sensitivities to food colourings
  • Limited real ingredients
  • Very high in fats
  • very limited nutritional value

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein 15%
Fat 16%
Fibre 3.5%

Kaytee (exact rainbow)

Ingredients: Ground Corn, Ground Wheat, Ground Oat Groats, Corn Gluten Meal, Wheat Middlings, Ground Flax Seed, Soybean Meal, Dried Whole Egg, Dried Beet Pulp, Soy Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Wheat Germ Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, L-Lysine, Salt, Algae Meal (source of DHA), Fructooligosaccharide, Corn Sugar, Brewers Dried Yeast, Vitamin A Supplement, Choline Chloride, Titanium Dioxide, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Yeast Extract, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Propionic Acid (a preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of vitamin K activity), Niacin, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), Beta-Carotene, Canthaxanthin, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Artificial Colors, Natural and Artificial Flavors. Allergen information: Manufactured in a facility that processes peanuts and other tree nuts.

  • Dehydrated fruits and vegetables
  • Sugary artificial colours
  • Coloured pellets can cause birds to choose favourites and refuse other colours, wasting the bag
  • Fructooligosaccharide - another sweetener, vegetable-based, used in medicines, high doses may cause digestive upsets
  • Birds have been known to develop sensitivities to food colourings causing illness, behavioural changes, or neurological health conditions
  • Corn Gluten Meal - little nutritional value, not toxic but just a pointless filler
  • Added salt, 16th on the list
  • Menadione sodium bisulfite (source of vitamin K), a man-made synthetic vitamin K3 which has caused Liver problems, allergic reactions, and anemia in mammals
  • Corn Sugar - pure sugar, birds may become addicted, may refuse fresh fruits and vegetables, may lead to obesity, heart conditions, high doses of sugar can be toxic
  • artificial flavours
  • Natural flavours - These are obtained from plants, meat, fish, fungi and even wood

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 14.0% 

Crude Fat (min.)5.0% 

Crude Fiber (max.) 5.0% 

Moisture (max.) 12.0%


Menadione - banned in human foods

BHT

Fructo-oligosaccharides

Corn Gluten Meal

“Natural” flavourings

Soybeans

Discworld fic: On the care of watchmen: In Wolf’s Clothing

Aight, who asked me for the angsty Carrot/Angua fic? I can’t ever end on a sad note so it’s a bit more fluff-angsty-fluff, I hope that’s okay (whoever you were) <3


Summary: Angua comes home after several hard days at work and to add insult the injury discovers she has fleas. Carrot has decided to help her, seemingly whether she wants help or not. (Ao3)


         On the care of Watchmen: In Wolf’s Clothing


“You don’t have to do this, you know.” Angua commented, standing hesitantly in the entryway to their shared bedsit.

Carrot, stooped over the hearth with the iron poker in hand, gave a gentle shrug, his massive shoulders rolling easily. It was a hot day outside, but he’d stoked the fire up until the room had the same consistency of a sauna. “I know.”

“I mean you really don’t have to, Carrot.” Angua tried again, a hint of desperation eking into her voice. She tried not to think of it as a whine—she already felt like running away with her tail between her legs. Literally.

“It’s no trouble,” Carrot replied cheerfully, straightening up to retrieve the kettle from the top of the cast iron stove before the gentle whistle of steam could turn into a shriek, and gently pouring the contents into the bathtub which had been pulled down from behind the door. Old towels were spread out on the floor around it, and their kitchen table—their only table—had been folded down and shunted against the wall to make room for the tub, which was now full enough to lie down in comfortably. Or stand—if you had four legs rather than two.

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pouty-brat  asked:

What can I eat to help me gain weight? I need to gain around 15lbs and I don't want to do it the unhealthy way. Any recommendations?

Hi! & yes there are several people who ask me to gain weight and up their calorie intake the healthy way! & here are some ways :)

  • Eat several foods at once. Always aim for at least three food groups. Like instead of just eating a banana for a snack, eat it w/ almond butter, nuts & a glass of skim milk or almond milk!
  • Eat healthy, but dense foods. The best way to get extra nutrition without having eat junk food or eat huge quantities of food is to choose nutrient-rich foods that pack a lot of carbs, protein or fat into a small serving. Dried fruit is a great example— but make sure there is no sugar added! Or eat dark chocolate :) wahoo for those like me who have a sweet tooth! 
  • Drink your food. Liquids aren’t as filling as solid food, so when you’re trying to gain weight, they can add nutrition without making you feel stuffed or bloated. Good choices include 100 percent fruit juice, organic skim milk or milk alternatives (such as organic soy, or hemp), and smoothies. Smoothies are great because you can bolster them with all kinds of good stuff, like wheat germ, nut butter, carrot juice, and protein powder.

Action shot of what I’m bringing to work tonight. Romaine, spring mix, basmati rice, chickpeas, onion, cucumber, bell pepper, tomato, carrots, feta, garlic powder, pepper and I’ll dress it with a combo of avocado oil and red wine vinegar

Chicken & Vegetable Soup

This makes about 5-6 meals and freezes very well (don’t freeze the rice).

Ingredients:

chicken breast 

potatoes

carrots 

corn 

onion powder

garlic powder

chicken stock (or cubes)

rice

***Use canned veggies or chop up some fresh ones. Add what you like, leave out what you don’t, and make it your own! I have a tiny crock pot, so I use one chicken breast, about 5 small-ish potatoes, and one can of each vegetable.

Recipe:

Put everything in a crock pot, add water to the top, and let cook for 3-4 hours. Then take the chicken out and use two forks to shred it before adding it back to the soup. Or you could cut it up before cooking it. Or leave out the chicken for a vegetable soup. When everything is cooked, make rice to add to each bowl.

I like orzo, it’s a pasta and a little box goes a long way, plus it only takes ~7 minutes to cook. I also add celery, peas, and onions when I have them around, but you really can add in anything you have on hand. Adding some tomato paste/sauce adds flavor and thickens the broth as well. 

Cast Iron: Part 7

In which Hiccup is adorable.  

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6

“Can I keep these?”  Hiccup picks up the butts of the carrots, a hopeful and completely unrehearsed smile on his face. 

 “You want the carrot scraps?”  Astrid glances towards the camera, hoping she looks more confused than irritated.  They practiced this.  They practiced it twice and he never asked for carrot scraps. 

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