If you’re anything like us, you treat your dog as an equal member of the family. If it was acceptable to sit him or her at the dinner table, you would! A family dog provides endless entertainment and joy, so why not treat them with the same love that you treat the rest of your family? You can start by making sure they are getting enough exercise and treating them to as close to a whole food diet as possible.
To get started, try this easy recipe to make your own Doggie Treats. This recipe is super simple and uses ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. A bonus? People can eat these delicious snacks too and reap all of the same benefits.
Here’s what you’ll need:
Plain Greek Yogurt
Greek yogurt is high in protein and contains live probiotic cultures that are beneficial to your dog’s (and your) gut health. This helps keep their digestive and immune systems strong, especially as they get older. Make sure to get the plain variety, as yogurt with flavorings usually have added sugar which can cause diarrhea and an undesirable spike in blood sugar levels.
Apples are a great source of soluble fiber, which can help maintain healthy cholesterol and blood lipid levels. Again, make sure to go for the unsweetened version to prevent intake of excess sugars.
Natural Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is high in protein and healthy fats, and it also acts as a binding agent in this recipe. It’s important to opt for the natural peanut butter here. Try to look for peanut butter that doesn’t contain added sugar or oils as these can cause an increase in blood cholesterol and lipid levels over time. Look out for these specific ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and hydrogenated oils. A natural peanut butter should only contain peanuts and a little bit of salt.
Honey provides some natural sweetness to this recipe. If you really want to increase the health benefits of this treat, try using raw honey. Raw honey is unheated and therefore still contains all of its antimicrobial properties and immune-boosting benefits. This can help ward off infections.
- 32 ounces plain greek yogurt
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp raw honey
Mix all ingredients into a bowl until smooth. Pour into an ice cube tray and place in the freezer until frozen solid. Let thaw about 10 minutes before giving out as a treat.
Limit your pup to two treats per day.
Do you ever make your own doggie treats? What are your favorite recipes? Let us know in the comments below.