Human Foods for Dogs

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

Top Nutritious People Foods and Super Foods for Your Dog

 Here is a list of top “People Foods” and some “Super Foods” that pack a big punch when it comes to your dog. Research has shown that in most cases dogs get the same benefits from eating them as people do. These types of foods are rich in antioxidants, nutrients, and proteins that provide your dog with many health benefits and a balanced diet.

 Our Dog Treats and Dog Ice Cream are handmade locally in Chicago in small batches so we can control the type and quality of ingredients that are being used in our products. All of the meats used in our Dog Ice Cream are sourced from a local Chicago Butcher and the jerky in our treats is sourced from a small farm in Michigan. We do not add one single preservative, not even natural ones. And we don’t use flavorings, you can see every ingredient. This is what makes our treats different. Just because it is a treat, doesn't mean it can't be nutritious.

Our handmade Dog Treats and Dog Ice Cream contain one or more of the following People Foods.


The Food
The Food

Carob Chips (PB&CC’s)- 

Comes from a tree and boasts vitamins B1, A, and Iron. Naturally sweet, rich in protein, and high in fiber. They contain no caffeine, are lower in fat then chocolate and dog friendly.

Dried Cranberries (Macaroons)- 

High in antioxidants, especially vitamin C. Just like in humans, cranberries can help with dogs having kidney issues and urinary tract infections.

Fresh Blueberries (Twists)- 

"Blueberries have been touted one of the top “Super Foods”, because it contains a high level of antioxidants it can help prevent a vast array of diseases. Antioxidants prevent cells from free radicals which can cause cancer, heart disease, and many other illnesses". The following link gives you more in depth information on what berries can do for your dogs health http://raisinghealthydogs.com/can-dogs-eat-berries

Fresh Carrots (Dog Pizza)- 

One of the greatest treats for dogs and is loaded with powerful phytonutrients. Full of Vitamins A, K and C, carrots have a ton of antioxidant power. Additionally, carrots help a dog’s vision, heart, and blood sugar levels. They are a great treat cut up or cooked a little to soften. 

Lean Meats (Dog Ice Cream) (Dog Pizza)- 

Lean meat is an excellent, balanced source of amino acids, the building blocks of muscle in your dog’s body. Meat is also a great source of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Pyridoxine, and Cobalamine). These vitamins are involved in energy metabolism in the body. 

Organic Flaxseed (PB&CC’s, Twists, Dog Pizza)- 

Rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids for your dogs skin and coat. You can find a whole article on the benefits here http://www.ehow.com/about_5143014_flax-seed-benefits-dogs.html

Peanut Butter (Dog Ice Cream, PB&CC’s)-

High in Protein. In our treats we use peanut butter that has no added salt or sugar.

Pineapple (Pumps)- 

Contains calcium and potassium which are good for their bones.

Pumpkin (Pumps)- 

A good source of fiber and beta carotene (vitamin A). All dogs need fiber in their diet.

Unsweetened Organic Coconut (Macaroons)- 

An excellent source of fiber, another factor in cancer prevention.

Unsweetened Yogurt (Dog Ice Cream)- 

A great source of calcium and protein. The active live bacteria found in yogurt is good for their stomachs, especially if your dog is on antibiotics. We only use a low-fat unsweetened one because the added sugar and calories are not necessary. On our site we go in to a little more detail on why our Dog Ice Cream is dog friendly v.s. regular ice cream made for people with milk.

 To further reading about human foods you can incorporate in to your dogs diet here are a few articles and sources that talk more about the benefits.