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Nutrition for Dogs

Salmon Slices, April's Monthly Treat

Salmon Slices are grain and gluten free. What are some of the other unique properties of the treat?

We love Salmon for the omega-3 fatty acids it contains. They are good for your pups skin and coat while providing support for their immune system. We started by crafting our own jerky for this recipe and then used a grain and gluten free base. We choose Bob’s Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour because it is low in carbohydrates, grain free, and high in fiber. Fiber can help sugars in the pup's from crashing. 

We also added some unsweetened coconut flakes (sulfur/preservative free) and coconut oil. Coconut has benefits for not only your dogs coat but digestive track since it is rich in fiber. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT’s). They help the body digest nutrients efficiently. Coconut oil also contains 50% lauric acid (the only other source for this high amount is in breast milk) which has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Below is a short video by Chicago’s own Karen Becker talking about the benefits of coconut oil. 


Lastly we added a high quality little super seed known as black Chia (gluten free). It is non-allergenic. Chia seeds are an excellent source of phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, and zinc. They contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. They even trump salmon by having triple or more Omega-3 fatty acids!

Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids and promotes healthy: cells, immune system, skin and coat, joints, brain development and maintenance, eye development and maintenance and growth.” 

We want to thank our monthly subscribers for allowing us to create unique treat experiences for many pups. This special treat has been receiving great feedback! Stay tuned to find out how we are bringing it to more than our monthly subscribers. 

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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

Tips

Granny Smith Apple Pie with Bacon for Dogs

Prep time: 20 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Makes 2-3 servings

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Crust:

1 1/4 C Sorghum Flour- Gluten and Wheat Free

1/2 egg

1/8 C water

Filling:

1/2 piece bacon (optional)

1/4 C flour

1 t cinnamon

1 t vanilla

1/2 of a Granny Smith Apple- chopped

1/2 C water

1 t honey

You will also need a ramekin or small pie tin for baking.

1. Turn on oven to 350 degrees.

2. Crust - Beat together flour, egg, and water until completely mixed. Put in fridge for 10 minutes.

3. Filling - In a small saucepan combine flour, cinnamon, vanilla, water, honey and apple. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes while stirring occasionally.

4. Cook 1 slice of bacon on a skillet until crispy, chop, and stir into apple mixture. (we only added 1/2 of the bacon strip)

5. Take out the dough and flatten into a circle large enough to cover the ramekin. Pour filling into the ramekin and cover with the dough (you will have a little left over). Pinch the edges together to finish off the crust, and score the top.

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6. Put in the oven for 20 min.

We scooped out a large spoonful of the filling and served it in a separate bowl after cooled.

If your dog loves apples they make a great pie filling. We also used Sorghum flour for the first time and it worked pretty well for the crust. Though it is a grain, it is gluten and wheat free.  We try to rotate and experiment with different types of flours we use to accommodate dogs with allergies. This type of flour is usually used for breads, pastries, and cookies. It is high in protein and fiber.

*Because Sorghum Flour is high in protein we do not recommend it's use for pups with kidney problems.

And yes your dogs can have apples, they are also a great treat uncooked. Maru had actually never eaten one before! I am not going to say it's her favorite treat, but she did manage to finish her slice of pie and I don't think she will shy away from another!

http://www.moderndogmagazine.com/articles/can-dogs-eat-apples/29085