Homemade dog food seems like a wonderful idea, right? A friend or neighbor describes making meals for their beloved dog, and you’re impressed…but the time and ingredients sound daunting. Flaxseed oils, supplements? It’s too much work! You barely have breathing room to cook your own meals.
Don’t worry. With a few simple hacks, you’d be surprised how easy it is to make dog food at home. Plus, it’s healthier and cheaper than many of the premium, additive-free dog foods on the market. Break into the world of homemade dog food with these quick, easy—and tasty!—recipes.
Your dog’s not the only one looking for a quick pick-me-up in the morning. Why not create a whole new bonding experience by sharing a smoothie with your best friend? Barkpost.com features 4 Yummy Smoothy Recipes That You Can Slurp With Your Pup. These call for fruits and vegetables you already have, and include a list of ingredients you should avoid, since they aren’t dog-friendly. Personally, I’m a fan of the Caramel Apple Cheesecake, but even healthier is the Turmeric Carrot Smoothie. The right ingredients, a blender, and you’re off and running.
What a Crock: Chicken and Rice
Think you can’t make homemade dog food? Try a crockpot! Bark.com’s Chicken and Brown Rice recipe only takes rice, water, green beans, sweet potato and carrots, an easy medley that’s added to chicken breasts for a hearty meal. Honestly, you can dish up two bowls, stir some extra spices to yours, and you’re sharing dinner together!
Chicken Alternative: Boiled with Broccoli
Didn’t have time to prep the crockpot? Plan a chicken dinner for the household humans and put a pot on the back burner. Make sure the menu includes broccoli and rice, and you can make a companion dinner for canine family members thanks to Heavy.com’s Chicken and Broccoli recipe. Broccoli is rich in calcium, so it’s perfect for pets.
Holistic Hamburger Helper
Hit the ground (beef) running with this quick-and-simple meat and vegetable recipe from Dr. Basko’s Holistic Vet’s website. Seriously, only four ingredients here: chopped apples, hamburger, butter (or coconut oil), and lettuce.
Splitting the Difference?
Not ready to commit to entire meals of homemade dog food? Hack your existing dog food brand by adding to it, versus subtracting it entirely. Dr. Basko’s site also features tips on making your commercial dog food healthier, giving instructions on how to reduce the total serving of dry food by adding broccoli, kale, spinach or other greens along with eggs. Halfway to homemade is still homemade, and will likely improve your dog’s dietary disposition.
And for Dessert… Iced Apple Yogurt Cubes
You started the day with smoothies. Now end the day with a blended treat that only requires apples and yogurt. Oh, and your freezer. The real problem with this homemade hack (recipe courtesy of irresistiblepets.net) is that you might find you’re sampling it a little too much!
For more healthy dog food recipes, check out our previous post. You’ll be on your way to a whole new culinary relationship with your pup. Pro tip: at your next visit, run your recipes by your dog’s vet to get approval on all ingredients.