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3 Healthy Smoothies You & Your Dog Will Love

November 21st, 2013 |
Copy: Sarah Dickerson
Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles
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Who doesn’t love a good smoothie? They’re quick, easy, and can be a yummy mixture of just about anything. One day I was standing in the kitchen drinking a smoothie and Coco was staring up at me, and it hit me. Why not make dog friendly smoothies? Yes! She now looks forward to smoothie treats on Sunday mornings, and I look forward to seeing what sort of fruity mustache, beard, or goatee she will have afterwards. I think the pink goatee is my favorite.

Enjoy these easy and healthy recipes that you can share with your pooch!

1. Berries & Flax

Excellent for dogs with skin allergies or hot spots.

This berry smoothie is full of healthy ingredients that are sure to give your skin natural glow and also keep your dog’s skin and coat shiny and healthy. Coco Bean has always had seasonal skin allergies ever since she was just a wee pup. A couple of years ago it became so bad that we started adding special ingredients to her diet to see if it would help – Her skin improved dramatically!

First off we have ground flaxseed and flax oil, both of which are packed with omega 3 fatty-acids that help keep skin healthy. Diatomaceous earth does wonders for both human and canine immune systems while also keeping pesky insects and parasites at bay. Next we have cinnamon, which is both anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It tastes and smells wonderful to us and to our dogs, but even better, it does not smell pleasant to insects. Lastly, we all know how beneficial berries are for our skin, packed with all those wonderful anti-oxidants. This smoothie is a winner for many reasons!

Serves: 1 glass and 1 small bowl

Recipe:
– 12 Ounces of Cold Filtered Water
– 1 1/2 Cups of Frozen Organic Blueberries or Raspberries
– 1 Tbsp Ground Flaxseed
– 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
– 1/2 Tsp Flaxseed Oil
– 1/4 Tsp Diatomaceous Earth (food grade)

Directions: Mix ingredients together in blender, pour and serve.

2. The Pink Pineapple

Perfect for dogs with digestive problems, or as an after dinner treat.

A fruit smoothie in it’s purist form, and it is crazy delicious! A personal favorite of both Coco and I, this smoothie is the perfect post meal tropical treat. This nutritious blend of fiber and anti-oxidant filled fruits has a sweet and tangy flavor, while also lending a helping hand with digestion and immune support. Pineapple in particular is known for it’s anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits, due to Bromelain found in the core and throughout the fruit itself, making it easy on people and pups with tummy troubles. You could even add to this recipe by sprinkling a bit of probiotic powder for dogs to their portion for added benefits.

Serves: 1 glass and 1 small bowl

Recipe:
– 12 Ounces of Cold Filtered Water
– 1 to 1 1/2 Cups Variety of Frozen Pineapple, Mango & Strawberry
(The majority should be pineapple, followed by mango, and then just a few strawberries.)

Directions: Mix ingredients together in blender and serve.

3. Chia-Banana Boost

A quick energy boost for senior dogs and even sleepy couch potatoes.

This is the newest smoothie we have been hooked on lately. The chia seeds mixed with fruit and spinach give us that extra little energy boost to keep us from dragging and feeling lazy (which is easy to do now that it gets dark at 5pm!). Chia seeds are an excellent go to addition to any snack or treat. It really is a superfood, or superseed I should say. They are loaded in calcium, omega 3s, vitamin c, fiber, iron, potassium, and boasts 20% protein– no wonder it gives you energy!

Serves: 1 glass and 1 small bowl

Recipe:
– 12 Ounces of Cold Filtered Water
– 1-2 Handfuls of Washed Organic Baby Spinach
– 1 Large Sliced Frozen Organic Banana
– 1 Chopped Organic Green Apple (core and stem removed)
– 1/2 Tsp Chia Seeds

Directions: Mix ingredients together in blender and serve.

 

** The above recipes are for treats only and should not replace your dog’s regular meal plans. Always check with your vet about any new additions to your dogs diet.

 

AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (i.e. humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

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