Hi Dog Lovin' Peeps,
Hope you are enjoying the great weather.. it took a long time to get here, but was worth the wait! Now that the temperatures are rising, I wanted to talk about a cool summer treat for fido - PUPSICLES! For those of you who can't deduce what those are, its pup + popsicle, so popsicles for dogs! We could share our human popsicles with dogs, but we would have to worry about the amount of sugar - and also that they didn't include any toxic ingredients (like xylitol, an artificial sweetener).
I actually try to make these year round because of the amazing health benefits - but come summer time, they have an added benefit: cooling your pooch down. I thought I would show you my most recent batch, and also give some tips and recipes to make your own.
Step 1: Main Ingredients
Pictured above are 2 amazing base ingredients: bone broth & raw fermented goat milk. You can actually just pour these into ice cube trays and you have INCREDIBLE pupsicles already. You don't need to get overly fancy, by simply adding bone broth or goat milk to your dog's meals or feeding as a snack - you are giving them something delicious with incredible health benefits. The benefits include:
Mmm, coconut oil. I like to melt some coconut oil & line the ice cube trays with them. Such an easy way to add coconut oil to our dog's diet. We all know about the hype coconut oil has when it comes to our human health - but it is also great for our dogs! Here are some of the top benefits:
Step 2: Getting Creative
Like I mentioned, you can make pupsicles from goat milk/bone broth & a little bit of coconut oil and call it a day! However, you can also play with your ingredients & sneak in even more healthy supplements for our dogs.
For my latest batch I did several plain goat milk & bone broth (combined), and I did a few with berries & a greens (kelp, spirulina, and alfalfa) supplement from Big Country Raw (not sponsored but it is an incredible supplement with a very low cost).
I measured out enough of the supplement that would be 1 serving size per ice cube approx (omg maths), then added bone broth & the berries. And then I blended that shiz together! Done! It is so easy.
Step 3: Put Recipe in Ice Cube Trays & Freeze
A few tips for making the transfer from blender to tray as clean as possible
Alternative Step 4 - Put them in popsicle maker tray things & add a stick so instead of a cube you can have a legitimate pupsicles
Step 4: Enjoy!
Once frozen they are good to go! I like to move mine from the ice cube trays into a Tupperware container just to save space and prevent freezer burn. I tend to give a plain pupsicle for my dog's breakfast (pictured above is plain goat milk) because they get glucosamine in the morning & then I either give a berry boosted cube for dinner or as a post walk snack. They love them, and I love knowing my dogs are getting optimal nuritrion.
As I am sure you could tell, I kind of just wing it when making these. But - here are some fun ingredients and recipes you can play with!
Orange is the new black:
Pureed pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
Carrots (steam before blending)
Turmeric? I barely know her!
Turmeric (ideally as Golden Paste - see recipe here)
Other fun ingredients to explore: