Dog Treats

Nutrition for Dogs, News, Tips

March’s Monthly Treat Okinawan (purple) Sweet Potato Cookies

This month’s treat was all about Purple, Yams that is! We used purple sweet potatoes known as Okinawan in their native Hawaii. They are touted as a powerhouse of nutrition and you can find many of the benefits here. The purple pigment provides more than just color. It is a byproduct of the antioxidant Anthocyanin. The Okinawan potato contains 150 percent more antioxidants than blueberries. 

We paired the purple potato with pumpkin seeds. They a great source of protein, amino acids, fiber, iron, copper, phosphorus and magnesium, calcium, zinc, potassium, folic acid and niacin; all important nutrients to your pet’s overall good health. When feeding them please make sure they are raw and unsalted. An interesting fact we also learned about is they are being used as a holistic approach to treating worms in your dog.

We combined jerky, yogurt, and an egg to provide extra protein for your pup. We do keep it simple below is the complete ingredient list. 

  • Rice Flour
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Egg
  • Purple Sweet Potato
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Raw Pumpkin Seeds
  • Turkey Jerky (locally made)

“Sweet potatoes are cooked with the skin produces more fiber than a serving of oatmeal"

We also sent some our customers another version that we made with organic Buckwheat Flour instead of Rice Flour. Buckwheat is a nice grain free alternative for dogs on special diets

Nutrition for Dogs

Hawaiian Duck

Every month we try to research healthy and nutritious ingredients for your pup. We also happen to love experimenting, so for January we chose Duck. Duck meat is highly nutritious. It’s a good source of high quality protein, vitamins A, B3 and C. Minerals include iron, calcium and selenium which help protect cells from free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. The meat itself with fat removed is lower in fat than chicken meat!

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We started with Chick Pea flour, made from garbanzo beans, as the base. It offers a natural source of protein and fiber for your pup. The beans also contain lecithin, potassium, and vitamins A, B and C. We added our own dehydrated pineapple for a little sweetness, a sprinkle of asiago cheese, and packed in tons of handmade Duck Jerky. 

Fun Duck Fact

Through our research we found out ducks have their own research facility. The Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory, located on New York’s Long Island and established in 1949, is considered an international resource on ducks, diseases, nutritious human food supply, vaccine production, diagnostics, and the development of new and improved duck biologics.

Watch out pork! Duck may be the new “other” meat.


Tips

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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