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Yammin' it up with Green Beans for Dogs

After I made this simple recipe for Ms. Maru I read about the “Green Bean Diet” for dogs. I had never heard of this, but Ms. Maru is highly active and naturally lean. “The Green Bean Diet” seems to be well known in the world of overweight dogs and there is a lot of opinions about it. Green Beans are used as a partial meal replacement because of the high fiber content making dogs feel full faster while being low in fat and calories. Here are a few articles that explain it further; Petmd and Fox News.

 

 
 

Benefits of Ingredients

Yams: Contain Vitamins A, C, B6, Manganese, Copper, Potassium and Iron. Yams are a great source of nutrients and studies have proven that they help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance in dogs. 

Green Beans: Low-Fat and high in fiber.

We do not intend this recipe to be part of a meal replacement. We suggest you add a 1/2-1 C to their normal food regimen for added nutrients and flavor! Yams are high in starch, so do not feed daily if your dog has a weight problem.

 
 

Recipe

Prep time: 5 Min.

Cook Time: 1.5 Hrs.

Total Time: 2 Hrs.

Level: Easy

1 YAM

C FRESH GREEN BEANS Chopped (if not use frozen, canned are very high in sodium)

1 t OLIVE OIL (optional)

PINCH OF SALT (optional)

1. Wash yam, wrap in tin foil and bake for 1.5 hours at 375 degrees. Cook chopped green beans in 2 Cups water for 20 minutes.

2. Rinse green beans and take off the skin of the yam (pulls right off once cooked). Combine in bowl and mash together, adding the olive oil and salt for flavor if desired.    

Make sure cooled before serving

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Nutrition for Dogs

Arrfscarf Dog Ice Cream Q & A

We frequently are asked specific questions about our Dog Ice Cream. This Q & A hopefully answers some of those frequent questions. 

Q- Why Dog Ice Cream?

A- Why not? People love this frozen dessert treat year round, so should our best friend! If pups are going to have a frozen treat, it should be a treat designed around their unique digestive system. We would hate for pups to consume large amounts of processed ingredients. Our dog ice cream takes into consideration pup's sensitive stomachs. 

Q- My dog has never had Dog Ice Cream, how do they eat it?

A- Arrfscarf Dog Ice Cream comes in a 4 oz. container and contains 3.3 oz which is a single serving. Most dogs know to start licking as soon as the cup hits the floor. Tiny dogs sometimes need you to hold it for a bit, and a small amount of dogs prefer it to defrost a tad. If your dog tends to eat everything in sight, we recommend that you squeeze out the contents into their bowl so they don’t eat the plastic container (which is bpa free).

Q- I thought dogs couldn’t have ice cream because of the dairy?

A- Real ice cream is made from milk or cream which contains large amounts of lactose. Lactose is hard for some people to digest, and that is the same for dogs. Using yogurts with live cultures breaks down the lactose so it can be easily digested. 

Q- What kind of yogurt does Arrfscarf use in their Dog Ice Cream?

A- We use both Greek non-fat and regular low-fat yogurts. None of which have any added  sweeteners. All contain live cultures and probiotics.

Q- Are their real benefits to having your dog eat Dog Ice Cream?

A- Yes. The yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium for your dog. The probiotics aid in a healthy immune system and keep the bad bacteria in check.

Q- What makes Arrfscarf Dog Ice Cream different than others?

A- A lot! We only use quality yogurts, real ingredients (no flavorings), and no preservatives. We do not add stabilizers, sugar, or salt. The meat used in all of our Dog Ice Cream is sourced locally in Chicago and every batch is handmade. For example, when we make the Beef Brisket flavor, we slow roast the beef for 8 hours so it can get real tender before being added to the Dog Ice Cream. 

Q- What if my dog can only have certain fruits or vegetables, or has a sensitive stomach?

A- At Arrfscarf we have worked hard to select and use only ingredients that are good for dogs. All Dog Ice Cream we make is grain and wheat free. There are many flavors we have done in the past that are not listed on our site using strawberries, mint, blueberries, carob chips, etc. 

Let us know if you have any other questions, and please remember that Arrfscarf Dog Ice Cream is a treat and not a meal replacement. 

 

Watch a video of Pretzel eating our dog ice cream

A recipe using Human Super Foods for dogs

In our previous post we talked about superfoods for dogs, to continue the trend we created a recipe using a few top ingredients. 

Kale- Now known as a Super Food for Dogs, it has been proven to help at least 5  types of cancers in humans and research has shown it provides the same benefits to dogs. It lowers cholesterol, is full of nutrients, is an anti inflammatory and an antioxidant. 

Quinoa- Is thought of being one of the most complete foods in nature. It contains protein, magnesium, fiber, manganese, and copper. Quinoa is NOT a grain so it is easily digestible and good for dogs with food allergies and digestive problems. 

Carrots- They are high in fiber, contain beta carotene and vitamin A. A great low-fat snack that is good in raw form too.

Olive Oil- This is an ingredient most dog owners probably don’t think to feed their dogs (in small amounts). It contains high levels of antioxidants and is very effective in helping with disease. Adding olive oil to your dogs food can help with premature aging and cognitive decline as they get older. For more benefits and an in depth look at Olive Oil for your dog check out this link...


Kale- 1/2 Ib. cleaned and chopped

Quinoa- 1 C

Carrots- 7 medium peeled and chopped

Olive Oil- 1 T

Chicken Breast- optional

Kale, quinoa, carrots, olive oil, and chicken breast

Kale, quinoa, carrots, olive oil, and chicken breast

 

First, in a medium size pot warm up the olive oil on low heat and add carrots (cover pot). Cook for 20 minutes stirring from time to time. Add chicken breast slices at the 15 minute point to get the flavors cooking together. In a small pot cook the quinoa in 2 cups water (cover pot) for 20 minutes on low heat.

Second, pour the carrot mix into a bowl and use the same pot (it has olive oil residue and flavors) to cook the kale in with 8 cups of water (cover pot). Another option is to cook the kale in some chicken or vegetable stock (low sodium) to get more flavors incorporated for pickier dogs. Cook kale for about 20 minutes, until soft.

Finally, drain the kale and mix everything together in a large bowl that can be sealed the fridge. It will last approximately one week.

We try different recipes all the time to incorporate in to Ms. Maru’s food. I am not going to lie, but I wasn’t sure she would eat kale, as much as I wanted to think she would. The first day I scooped a cup full out and put it over her dry food. The first day the kale took a few extra minutes to chew and landed outside of her bowl, but it was all gone. Day two, everything was eaten in a matter of minutes, this is better than I expected. I did add chicken to the recipe as optional, and thought she might be more inclined to eat it this way. I am ecstatic that she is loving her Super Foods!

our finished superfood for dogs

our finished superfood for dogs