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Superfoods | Salmon

We want to introduce a new ice cream flavor. But first lets dig into one the main ingredients, Salmon.

What is a Superfood?

There’s no official scientific definition of a Superfood and many believe it’s just a trendy marketing term coined to hype and hook people into buying products. Sioned Quirke, spokesperson for the British Dietetic Association said, "The term Superfood has no regulatory approval and is not a legally recognized term.” Some nutritionists and food scientists think it’s a marketing trick to fool people into thinking they are eating more healthily. “The new year is prime time for introducing new products with exaggerated health benefits,” Quirke said.

Real Superfoods

Many claim that multi-tasking Superfoods provide multiple disease-fighting nutrients that can cure everything from cancer to impotence. Unfortunately, the benefits aren’t fully substantiated. But, it is generally accepted that Superfoods are dense in nutrients. They contain higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals than other food types.

So which are the real Superfoods? That depends on what source you read since no two lists are the same. The current trend, however, seems to be exotics like buffalo berries, hemp hearts, manuk honey, sacha inchi, beluga lentils, and shichimi togarashi.

The Power of Salmon

Salmon is in the Superfood Hall of Fame. It’s always on a Top 10 List because it’s one of nature’s most natural sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids which are good for joints and all around mobility. Because these Omega 3’s don’t occur naturally in the cells of canines, adding them to your dog's diet can be beneficial.

SMOKED SALMON Dog Ice Cream

We may never know what is the perfect "Superfood," but we can select foods that are high in nutrients. That’s why salmon is the star ingredient in our newest ice cream we call “Smoked Salmon”. After more than a year of testing, we finally selected a salmon from British Columbia. The 18 year old company we source from is family operated and the owner is a life-long fisherman. His “honey smoked” salmon contains no artificial preservatives, nitrates or MSG. The rich flavor comes from a secret firing process that uses honey and real hickory wood and not from a honey marinade or glaze. The salmon is made to order and shipped out fresh from the factory.

We take the fully cooked salmon, bake it with peas – a powerhouse source of Vitamin K and other antioxidants –and mix in bits of the crunchy skin. Mark Sisson, celebrated fitness expert and author of Primal Blueprint, Amazon’s #1 bestselling health book calls salmon skin “the bacon of the sea”.  And, what dog doesn’t love bacon (or crunchy fish skin)?

Your pup is a carnivore at heart! It is the main reason why we select high protein ingredients for our ice cream. Each of our dog ice creams features a protein; pulled pork, gouda burger, chicken cheddar, beef brisket, peanut butter bacon, and (new) smoked salmon. According to renowned veterinarian Dr. Karen Becker, “it’s good to rotate proteins in your pet’s diet. That’s because any food that is over-consumed can create an allergy over time.”

Salmon Swim Mainstream

Buyer Beware! Any food product can be labeled as a Superfood so do your homework. We’re not saying that our SMOKED SALMON dog ice cream has curative powers nor will it give your dog super powers. It’s just a healthy, good tasting treat that will make him happy just like this whimsical painting by Dr. Seuss called Joyous Leaping of Uncanned Salmon might make you smile.

You can order the new flavor here.

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Frozen Ice Cubed Treats

Ingredients

1/2 C Peanut Butter

1 C Yogurt - plain, low fat

Carob Chips (optional)

*silicone ice cube tray

Prep Time - 10 min

Freeze Time 2 Hours

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1. Mix your peanut butter and yogurt together.

2. Fill the ice cube squares about half full. )We added a carob chip on top, but you can opt to leave them out or add a handful in to the mix.)

3. Pop the them into the freezer and you done! 

Once frozen you can scoop out one or two and serve in a bowl. If your pup has a Kong you can cut the cube in half and it fits right inside.

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