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5 Easy Recipes for Healthy Homemade Dog Food

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by Jane Wong (subscribe)
My dogs and I are kind of a package deal. www.instagram.com/eddyandsam
Published March 2nd 2017
Supplement your dog's diet with healthy homemade additions
Introduction

Is your dog sick of eating the same daily kibble every single day of the week, all year round? Want to spice up your dog's diet, without sacrificing either your pooch's health and/or your bank account? Well, you've come to the right place - this article focuses on super easy recipes for the busy human who wants only the best for their furbaby without spending ridiculous amounts of money on pet shop treats (that might actually be full of preservatives and other nasties anyway). All ingredients needed in each of the 5 recipes listed here are human-grade ingredients (i.e. you don't need to go out specifically to do any extra shopping) that are most likely already in your pantry or fridge. Happy cooking people - and remember, #mealprepsunday is a legitimate thing!

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You'd be surprised at how easy these recipes are...



Doggie Fried Rice

Looking for a healthy and fresh alternative to boring dry kibble or wet tinned food? Or perhaps you're looking for a yummy supplement to your dog's daily chow to help spice up their diet a bit? Either way, this Doggie Fried Rice (which doesn't actually involve frying of any kind) is the solution - using only healthy ingredients that are most likely already in your pantry, your dog will already be begging for more after their first taste!




You will need:

1 x carrot
1 x zucchini
1 x tinned fish in springwater (e.g. salmon, tuna, sardines)
1 x chicken breast
1 cup of brown rice
1 tablespoon of ground turmeric

Chicken breast and fish are great sources of protein for both humans and dogs, with fish (sardines in particular) having the added benefit of being rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, which is linked to brain health. This fish, and its oils, can also help dogs maintain a great coat and skin. Carrots are also great for dogs, with an abundance in Vitamin A - plus, in addition to being low in fat and calories, it's also great as a natural toothbrush when given as a chew! Similarly, zucchini provides dogs with Vitamin C, Potassium and Magnesium, and fibre, with its high content of Vitamin C providing antioxidants. Finally, turmeric benefits dogs in many ways; such as decreasing inflammation (can help with itchy skin issues), helping thin the blood (lowering the risk of blood clots), and protecting the liver from toxins.

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Step 1: Cook the cup of brown rice until soft, and allow to cool.




Step 2: Dice the chicken breast into bite sized pieces. Boil the diced chicken breast in a saucepan until cooked through. Drain and allow to cool.




Step 3: Grate the carrot and zucchini. Alternatively, cut them into small, bite-sized pieces.




Step 4: Break up the tinned fish into small pieces, and mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Add one tablespoon of ground turmeric and mix well.



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Eddy and Sam love their healthy and balanced kibble supplement.




Note: For extra variety in flavour if this dish is served regularly, why not try substituting brown rice for gluten-free pasta?





Peanut Butter, Banana, and Honey Bites

Looking for a tasty treat that is both healthy and yummy, with the added benefits of helping your pooch cool down on hotter days? Look no further! These Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Bites will do exactly that, with both taste and health to boot. Peanut butter is a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, fibre, biotin and copper. And perhaps best of all, honey provides numerous sources of nutrients, such as vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K, plus minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and more - it helps dogs with allergies, fights infections, and helps with digestive problems.

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The boys loved these!



You will need:

1 banana
3 tablespoons of peanut butter (unsalted and raw)
200g plain Greek yoghurt
1 tablespoon of honey

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Step 1: Melt the peanut butter in a microwaveable bowl.



Step 2: Cut the banana up into smaller pieces and then mash it.



Step 3: Mix in the peanut butter, Greek yoghurt, and honey into the mashed banana.



Step 4: Pour the mixture into silicone moulds (any size of your choosing) and freeze overnight.



And that's it!

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Looks almost as good as it must taste!



Fresh Fruit Salad

Who says only humans need their daily portions of fresh fruit and veggies? They can be equally beneficial for our canine counterparts too. With so many fruits that dogs are able to eat and reap the benefits from, feel free to choose the ones you like best so that you can share the salad with your dog! When doing your research, however, do keep in mind any limitations that may come with certain fruits. For example, watermelon should always be served seedless, and pineapple should only be given in small amounts.


Fruits that dogs can safely consume include:

Apples
Bananas
Pears
Peaches
Pineapple
Watermelon
Strawberries
Blueberries
Oranges
Raspberries
Mangos

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Dogs can eat many different types of fruits.



Step 1: Wash the fruit, and cut them up into bite-sized pieces if necessary.




Step 2: Serve the fruit in cute bowls!

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Easy as 123!



If your pooch isn't used to eating fruit or is a bit of a fussy eater, one great way to get them accustomed to enjoying this healthy snack is to make a 'dressing' for them to drizzle over the salad, like what humans do! Peanut butter is much loved by the majority of dogs, so try mixing peanut butter with water and toss to coat. Alternatively, serve with plain Greek yoghurt or organic coconut water.


Fresh Fruit Smoothie

Another way of ensuring your pooch takes in their daily Vitamin C intake via fresh fruits and vegetables is through a yummy and refreshing fresh fruit smoothie!

You will need:

Fresh fruit and/or vegetables that are safe for dogs to consume
200g plain Greek yoghurt
300ml coconut water



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Patiently waiting...



Step 1: As with the first step for the fresh fruit salad, wash the fruit, and cut them up into bite-sized pieces if necessary.




Step 2: Place the cut up fruit, Greek yoghurt, and coconut water into the blender, and blend until mixture is smooth and thick, with no huge chunks of food.




Step 3: Serve in cute cups!

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Or should I say cute mason jars?



You could even add their daily kibble into the mix to give the smoothie a thicker texture - plus, it's great for the dog breeds that tend to inhale their food rather than chewing, such as pugs. Don't be afraid to mix it up; add some ice to make it extra crunchy, or place the mixture into ice moulds and serve them as an icy treat!


Doggie Bone Broth

Nothing like some hearty stew for dinner, right? Why should dogs miss out? For those who didn't know, bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds such as collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline - it makes sense that these health benefits apply to canines too, as long as the ingredients used are not harmful to them!

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Eddy and Sam love their daily kibble mixed in with homemade bone broth.



You will need:

1 x small bag of dog bones (or any bones for that matter)
1 x potato
1 x carrot

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Just 3 items needed.



Step 1: Place water in a saucepan and bring to boil; add in dog bones and let it simmer on medium heat for approximately 30 minutes.




Step 2: Cut the potato and carrot into chunks.




Step 3: Add the potato and carrot chunks into the saucepan, and continue to boil on low heat for approximately 2 hours.

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Minimal work involved for the perfect bone broth!



Note: You could also add Apple Cider Vinegar to help draw out the minerals that are in the bones.



Have you tried any of these recipes at home before? Are there any that you think your pooch will just love? Do you have any of your own recipes and/or ideas that are designed with dogs in mind? Please leave a comment down below to let us know your thoughts!
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Why? It's easy on your dog's health AND your wallet!
Your Comment
good health and save money too
by ycwong (score: 2|512) 497 days ago
I have never thought of making food for pets. Wonderful idea. Thanks Jane.
by lokyl (score: 2|408) 477 days ago
Love the recipes & the great explanations. Thanks so much for sharing.
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