Are your humans like ours, torturing you with frozen treats stuffed into a toy? Why do we have to work to get our food? That's not really fair, besides the risk of tongue freeze (not sure if that's a real thing).
When they're pulled out of the freezer we forget about the impending torture as our tails wag uncontrollably; and we'll happily spend the time licking the toy clean. There is nothing like it, which is why we want to share one of our favourite simple and healthy recipes with you.
Probiotic yogurt - Like in our frozen blueberry banana bliss treats the probiotics in the greek yogurt will help your digestive system. According the American Kennel Club probiotics "aid in the digestion of food, fight off potential pathogens, make nutrients and vitamins and bolster the immune system." Because I suffer from stress colitis eating yogurt with probiotics helps boost these good bacteria in my stomach.
Pumpkin - PetMD has identified three benefits for adding pumpkin into your dogs' diet. I tick all three boxes, while Jackman just loves the taste of it.
- Urinary health - the oils in the pumpkin seeds and flesh are "believed to support urinary health," especially those that suffer from urinary incontinence. Tick! That's me.
- Digestive health - the fibre found in pumpkin helps regulate your dog's digestive system. It's a great solution if your dog is constipated or has diarrhea. Tick! That's me.
- Weight management - as a low calorie food, pumpkin may help your dog shed a few pounds/kilos. Tick! That's me.
Apples - They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Maybe that applies to dogs and vets. Apples are full of Vitamin C, fibre, calcium, and phosphorus, which is great for your fur baby. Remember, too many apples can lead to a tummy ache for your dog. If you notice their stools are a bit looser you may want to ease up on the apples.
1/2 c Greek yogurt with probiotics
1 c pumpkin, cut into one-two inch cubes. Feel free to leave the skin on as there are lots of nutrients in the skin.
1 c apple with cores removed, we use Golden Delicious or Braeburn
1-2 Tbsp peanut butter (optional)
Place pumpkin cubes into a pot of cold water bring to the boil, then simmer until soft.
Drain the water and roughly mash the pumpkin in a bowl.
Grate the apples by hand or use a food processor.
Add the grated apples to the mashed pumpkin.
Add the greek yogurt to the mix and combine well with the apple and pumpkin.
Spoon the mixture into the toys or cored apples.
Cover the top of the toy or apple with a spoonful of peanut butter (optional).
Place in the freezer for 6-7 hours or give into your dog's puppy dog eyes and hand it over right then and there.
This recipe will fill two medium sized toys or 8 apples. If you have leftovers, fill an empty ice cube tray and freeze to use as after dinner treats for your dog.
The fastest we've gotten through one of these is 30 minutes. Tell us if you can do that or faster. Better, yet, have your human take a photo of you enjoying this snack and tag it #alongtailfrozendelights. We can't wait to see how you get on. Enjoy!