Greetings from sunny California! It’s 93 degrees and hot as heck! Even though summer is technically over, I still have to work hard to keep my pet safe from the scorching heat. The other day, I was shopping and found frozen dog treats at my store pet store. I started to read the ingredients and quickly put the box down, as fast as I picked it up!
Do find yourself reading ingredient labels on packaged food? What about pet food? Speaking from experience, if you thought reading the ingredients list on a cereal, ice cream or other highly processed foods was difficult, think again! Pet food is far worse.
When I typically walk into my local pet store, to purchase dog food or treats, I often find myself standing in front of the “pet food” aisles for a good 30 minutes, reading label after label. Now at this point you must be thinking, it shouldn’t take that long to purchase food for an animal. I agree! It shouldn’t feel like an all-consuming, energy draining, “tug-of-war” decision. It should be simple and I should be able to easily recognize the ingredients.
As a result, I often try to find dog food and dog treat recipes online, That are easy to make at home. I don’t mind the extra work because I love to cook. Plus, I find cooking a means to relieve stress and boy it’s a heck of a lot less stressful then reading those ingredient lists!
Here is my recipe for yummy frozen doggie treats:
1-16oz. container of Okios Plain Greek Yogurt made by Stonyfield
1 tbsp. of organic creamy peanut butter
1 tbsp. organic honey from my local beekeeper
1 small ripe banana
Directions: In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients with a hand mixer or utility mixer. When the ingredients are well-blended and look like a smoothie, spoon out the mixture into into individual treats, by placing the spoonfuls into an ice cube tray. Freeze for 4-8hrs. before serving to your furry friend. Keep treats in the freezer for up to 6 months.