You love dogs, have dogs, and follow a bunch of dogs on Instagram. It is all perfectly normal behaviour (seriously, it is).
What else is perfectly normal behaviour? Why, making healthy homemade meals and treats for your dogs, of course, and one of the healthiest options to make are ice-cream treats.
Keeping them healthy is easy — all you need are fruit, an ice-cream mould, a blender and freezer;
Pro tip: Go for ingredients with no additional flavorings and preservatives like salt and sugar, or xylitol (an artificial sweetener) which is toxic to dogs.
One of our top ingredients for doggy ie-cream is yoghurt, which helps improves your dog’s digestion and strengthen its bones, thanks to the beneficial bacteria and calcium it contains.
If your dog is lactose intolerant, try substituting yoghurt with coconut milk.
Ready to get going with your healthy, home-made doggy treats? Here are five you can get going with right now:
1. Banana and peanut butter ice-cream
Why serve this: Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein and healthy fats.
Bananas are a great alternative treat with fibre that can help keep your dog regular. Be careful not to feed them to many bananas though, since they’re high in sugar.
Our favourite banana and peanut butter recipe is from Food With Feeling.
2. Strawberry ice-cream
Why serve this: Strawberries are full of antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C. Strawberries get extra brownie points for containing an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth.
Check out our favourite strawberry ice-cream recipe from The Dogington Post.
3. Sweet & savoury apple ice-cream
Why serve this: Apples are a great source of fibre as well as vitamins A and C, which can help with degenerative conditions like joint disease. Fibre, of course, helps your pooch maintain good gastrointestinal health. Just remember to remove the core and seeds, please!
Get the recipe from Woman’s World.
4. Watermelon ice-cream
Why serve this: watermelon contains potassium, vitamin A, B6, and C. It’s also low in calorie, and makes it sweet and pooch waistline-friendly. Be sure to remove the seeds first though!
Score our go-to recipe from The Dog People.
5. Low-fat berry sorbet
Why serve this: It’s the perfect alternative for dogs with lactose sensitivity. While berries listed are safe for dogs to consume, be sure to never use grapes, which are toxic to dogs.
Get the recipe from The Dog People.
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