BLUEBERRY DOG TREATS
* 2 cups 100% organic whole wheat flour (you may subsitute wheat flour for wheat germ, spelt or rolled oats, and/or a mixture of any of tose listed)
* 2 (4oz) each of pureed (baby food consistancy) - blueberry, sweet potato, organic turkey
Avoid GMO produce, GMO fruit, GMO oats and adding any artificial preservatives.
* 1/2 tsp cinnamon
* 1/8 tsp nutmeg
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Mix together to form a stiff dough. If necessary, add extra flour or water as needed.
3. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to about a 1/4 inch thick. Use cookie cutters to cut into desired shape or a pizza cutter to make cubes.
4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, place treats about 1/2 inch apart. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Allow to cool completely before storing in a paper bag (storing in an air-tight container will make them soft, but they're still edible).Easy, right?
Now this is where you can get creative! Consider including grated carrots or sweet potatoes, a little bit of parsley (which supposedly helps with bad breath), blackberries, or some homemade peanut butter!
BENEFITS OF BLUEBERRY & PUMPKIN IN YOUR PETS DIET:
If your pet's diet is like the average American pet diet, they don't get enough fiber. Fiber helps them digest their food efficiently, which helps your pet's body absorb the nutrients from your food. Getting enough fiber can keep you from getting constipated as well. 2 oz. of pumpkin puree provides your 25 pound dog with 7.1 grams of dietary fiber. Pumpkin puree contains about 20 percent of your pets daily requirement for potassium as well. They need adequate amounts of potassium to support healthy digestion.
Blueberries are often known as the antioxidant super fruit due to its high concentration of antioxidants. They are a rich source of phytonutrients, and they contain a significant amount of the antioxidant anthocyanadins that possess greatnutritional value. The benefit of feeding your 4 oz. of blueberries every day exceeds the benefits of all other types of berries combined.
A 1.5 oz. serving of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron, a mineral that helps keep your pet from getting sick by supporting a strong immune system. The same serving of pumpkin puree contains 906 micrograms of vitamin A, which boosts their immune system, as well as keeps your pet's eyes, bones and teeth healthy. Pumpkin has plenty of Vitamin E which keeps your pet's immune system working properly and also protects your cells from damage that can lead to certain types of disease, such as cancer.
Blueberries and Anti-Aging
The antioxidants in blueberries come to your companions rescue, preventing early aging and protecting them against diseases like cancer and chronic heart disease. The antioxidants prevent cell damage by neutralizing the radicals and helping keep diseases at bay. Blueberries also prevent inflammation that is a known to cause our pets brain from aging.
Blueberries and Brain Health
Blueberries are natural brain food and can help in reversing short-term memory loss and other symptoms associated with aging. The antioxidants help with motor skills. Research on animals proved this when improvements in learning capacity and motorskills were observed in aging animals who were fed a blueberry and, thus antioxidant-rich diet.
Storage note: It's best to store these in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Or, freeze them to give to your pet companion later; just be sure to thaw the treats befor handing them out.
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