Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dog smoothies!

Everypup was just flipping over our Homemade Frosty Paws recipe, so we decided to come up with a few Doggie Smoothie recipes you can try.

You know what that means? You don't have to wait for a nice cool Summer treat to freeze, you can enjoy it right away :)

You know how much I love yogurt, and Mum and I also love the amazing health benefits of this super great food. For our smoothies we decided to use Kefir - it's kind of like yogurt on steroids.

We first heard about Kefir (pronounced KEE-fur) from our Auntie Bonnie, our vet. She recommended that I have some Kefir when I was down with a bout of mild gastroenteritis and had a real upset tummy. It really helped heal my tum, tum. So Kefir became something I have with my food on occasion to keep everything flowing nicely, if you know what I mean :)

Here's a little about Kefir (which, by the way, you can make at home!). Kefir is a cultured product with amazing health attributes (for dogs and humans). It contains several major strains of friendly bacteria not commonly found in yogurt, Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, and Streptococcus species.

It also contains beneficial yeasts, such as Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir, which dominate, control and eliminate destructive pathogenic yeasts in the body. They do so by penetrating the mucosal lining where unhealthy yeast and bacteria reside, forming a virtual SWAT team that housecleans and strengthens the intestines. Hence, the body becomes more efficient in resisting such pathogens as E. coli and intestinal parasites.

So with that, here are a few dog smoothie recipes we thought you would enjoy as much as I do:

Fruit Smoothie - ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup kefir - low-fat, plain, organic is best
  • Splash of organic apple juice
  • 2 small handfuls of fresh (organic is best) blueberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp of organic peanut butter
  • 1 orange slice (no seeds, K?), or 1 small pineapple slice, or a small chunk of watermelon (again, no seeds, K?)
  • Topping: Sprinkle with a broken up organic doggie cookie, a couple of blueberries and a small spinach leaf.

Veggie Smoothie - ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup kefir - low-fat, plain, organic is best
  • A few oz. organic, unseasoned chicken stock
  • 1/4 lightly steamed organic (large) carrot
  • A small handful of lightly steamed green beans
  • A dollop of canned (unseasoned) pumpkin
  • Topping: Sprinkle with a broken up organic doggie cookie or a sprinkle of crushed flax seed and a small spinach leaf.

Protein Smoothie - ingredients needed:

  • 1 cup kefir - low-fat, plain, organic is best
  • A few oz. organic, unseasoned chicken stock
  • A nice slice of cooked liver
  • 1/4 Lightly steamed organic (large) carrot
  • A small handful of lightly steamed green beans
  • Topping: Sprinkle with crushed flax seed and a small spinach leaf.

Instructions:

Throw everything into a blender (except the sprinkles, add those after) and mix well. Serve immediately in a stainless steel dish, or chill for an hour in the fridge for a cooler treat. Refrigerate any small amount of leftovers and use within 24 hours.

Remember, you don't have to use all the ingredients, the basics are the Kefir, fruits, veggies or meats. Don't forget to check what foods are safe for us pups if you decide to vary the recipes. And as with all things - moderation is key, so start your pup out with a smaller portions to begin with (about 4 oz.). And enjoy your doggie smoothie!

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10 comments:

  1. I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


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  2. A few folks have told us that they can't find Kefir in their markets. Here are some options: You can order a Kefir making kit (see the link in the post) or substitute the Kefir with organic plain low fat yogurt. It will still be super yummy :)

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  3. Danielle, Oscar, and LeonJuly 29, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    We're doing a 3-in-1 on your recipe suggestions! That's fruit, veggie, and protein all in 1 blender as well as 3 smoothies in 1 blender: 1 for me and two for the dogs. Here's our human and doggie breakfast smoothie contents

    yogurt
    flax
    banana
    pumpkin
    carrot
    apple juice
    and sometimes we add an organic raw egg or 2

    It's our "pumkin pie" smoothie. We're too busy fetching balls to sprinkling cookies on top. But I think graham crackers would be a good human cookie substitute.

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  4. Danielle, Oscar, and Leon said...

    Nice variation!!! You could call that one a Halloween Smoothie, too! Yum!

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  5. Wow, I've seen an awful lot of smoothies and juice drinks, but this is the first time that I came across a smoothie for dogs!

    Thanks.

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  6. Kefir has been proven time nad again to be healthy, but I am interested in how well does your dog tolerates this as food?

    I mean, I have a dog that is predominantly carnivorous, and I am sure (based on past experience:)) he would totally reject something like kefir especially mixed with fruit, but I would really like him to eat something like this to enhance his health and overall immunity.

    What are the ways to make this more appealing to him (he doesn't like too much fruit ingredients)? Maybe mix it with some beef? :) Any help appreciated.

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  7. I have 3 border collies and one of them loves fruit and veggies, but I was never quite sure what I should give her that would not harm her so I was very interested when I cam across your blog. I am going to try the fruit smoothie and I will let you know how she liked it. Great Blog!!

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  8. I always read that citrus fruit is bad for dogs, so the orange slice in the recipe surprises me. I am no expert and only know what I have seen online, but have you heard otherwise when it comes to citrus and dogs?

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  9. Hi Milo! We do great on a little Kefir (everything in moderation) and it settles the tummy too! And yes, you can add more meats and veggies if your dog isn't that interested in fruits. But gotta say, I love a good organic bluberry!

    Hi Anon - everything we've read is that orange slices are good for dogs (again, everything in moderation), just not the seeds or peels!

    Thanks for barking in everyone!

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