How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Your Dog

Did you catch the NY Times this weekend? Sweet potato ice cream! Yup, it’s a thing. Go figure. Well, it does make sense… I guess. I can’t get past the ‘too close to Thanksgiving, sweet potato/pumpkin pie’ goodness. I need a break. But, since all the holiday recipes have sugar and cream and that mean’s I don’t feed it to my pups, my dog are drooling for some sweet potato treats . So I tweaked the NY Times recipe to make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dogs! Check it out – it’s easy, yummy, nutritious and your dog will love it. How To Make Sweet Potato Ice Cream For Dog – DIY Recipe Bake sweet potatoes until soft – use your own imagination here. Oven, microwave, toaster oven. They’re all good, just don’t season. The trick? Once cooled, remove peel and place the potatoes in a food processor, we use Cuisinart Mini-Prep, and puree. I like to have a little fun, so I played Whip It by Devo while I spanked some goodness into my sweet taters. Add one cup of kefir or yogurt, some turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, molasses and two egg yolks. Put it all in your little mini prep food processor, turn Devo back on and whip it good! Whipped Stuff, Now What? Good, you got this far and so now you’re wondering, ‘what in the heck do I do with my mixed sweet potato pudding?’ Well, you can do a couple of things. Because I like to give my dog’s the authentic stuff, I put the sweet potato mix into an ice cream maker and prepare according to...
Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Menudo For Your Dog? No, Green Tripe!

Growing up Latina, food was a mainstay for our holidays. Generations gathered at abuelita’s (little grandma’s) house to create gastronomical delights. The big, wooden kitchen table was the central hub where, regardless of family dynamics – my tia’s (aunts) could take arguing to a whole new level – everyone united to prepare empanadas, tamales and menudo. As a kid it was empowering, being a part of the adult community, enjoying the melodic cadence of Spanish speakers making food. There’s a but, coming…. but making menudo stinks! Why? Because it has tripe in it – preparing tripe has a funky smell. Yep, it does – I’ll get into that a bit more when I release my newest book Piñata Diaries (draft image to the right). Back to the dogs now: so imagine my surprise when I heard that tripe is good for dogs. Menudo for your dog? Menudo For Your Dog? Not Exactly! Tripe, green tripe to be exact, is quite the little magical elixir for your pooch. Now, don’t go running off to a Latin market, they don’t have the tripe your looking for (it’s all cleaned and bleached). Raw tripe comes from four chambered stomach of grazing animal (e.g. venison, cows, buffalo, etc.), and ‘green’ means that the tripe still has all of good digestive enzymes and helpful bacteria for your dog’s probiotic health needs. So, no warm menudo soup for your dog – but Fido will dig yummy, healthy green tripe! No Family Gatherings To Make Green Tripe? Not exactly, unless you consider opening a package or can of tripe a family adventure. We’ve found a few places to get tripe while shopping from the comfort of your sofa (aint this decade great –...
Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe For Your Dog

Pressure Cooker Beef Stew Recipe For Your Dog

Wow, winter is almost here! We plan to get out and skate skiing this season. My husband and I are committed to figure it out and get to the other side of the mountains and ski…with our dogs. Our dogs, you ask? Aren’t they small? Yup! This last weekend my husband emerged from the basement asking, “did you want me to save these old skis for your crazy dog igloo idea?” Sounds weird doesn’t it? It’s not really. Think cross between a styrofoam cooler and a big version of a 1980’s Leggs Pantyhose container….but on skis, with a hole in the top so my dog can stick his head out while I happily ski and pull him behind me in his cool contraption! Every year I try to talk my husband into making a little egg-shaped, insulated igloo that sits on skis…my plan? To take my dogs with us when we go skiing! I know, you can say it – bee-rilliant! My husband says I’m daft in the head for having the idea. Whenever we talk about my dog ski-igloo contraption, my husband stares at me with a bit of a twisted smile and says, “so you really think that will work, do ya?” Yes I do! Clearly he does not. Some day though…. I will make my dog ski-igloo thingy, as God is my witness! Seriously though, I hope God isn’t looking too closely at me… I may have to clean up my language some. While my dog ski-igloo thingy may be years in the making, here’s what I do vow to make for our pups this year. You can make it too, all you need is...
Easy To Make Salmon Sliders For Your Hangry Dog!

Easy To Make Salmon Sliders For Your Hangry Dog!

When our dog shows the emotion built up from their hunger…with little satisfaction, and then anger intersects, they are hangry! This last weekend, our sweet pups were hangry. Why? Because we went for a 5 mile hike and as a result they were starving! They had breakfast at 6 a.m. and it was noon, which put dinner about 4 hours away. You ever had hangry-eyed dogs stare at you? It’s like acupuncture, only less soothing and more poking. It was a stare down – my Shih Tzu’s glaring at me, trying to will me to make them a snack. Guess what? It worked! The snack? Easy to make salmon sliders, made special for my hangry dogs! Whenever I want to give my dogs a nice, healthy, omega-3 rich snack I make them my world famous salmon sliders. Why are they world famous? Well, dogs come from far and wide to eat my salmon sliders – and from far and wide, I mean our bay window and even as far as from our basement sofa. Yup, my dogs – some might consider them spoiled. Hangry Dog Salmon Sliders 1 6oz can salmon, no salt (we use Wild Planet) 1 C steamed broccoli 1 C steamed spinach 1/2 C steamed sweet potato 10 blueberries Place ingredients, organic is best, in your food processor (we use a Cuisinart Mini) and mix until items are incorporated. Once mixed together the texture should be like raw hamburger. Take some of the mixture and form into little sliders and serve. This recipe provides nice size snacks for 4 hangry pups. Why do we and our dogs love this salmon...
Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

Canines Aging Gracefully and Lessons Learned

We have adopted a lot of dogs. We have watched our adopted pups grow into old age, and many we’ve taken in have been senior dogs. Aging can be difficult for dogs and it mirrors the aging process in humans. Here are some things we’ve learned about canines aging gracefully, fending off canine cancer and our lessons learned. It is important to follow the same rules for dogs that you would for you: Exercise Ranging from vigorous to relaxing, exercise revives the soul and generates healthy, oxygen rich blood, keeping muscles flexible and strong. Daily walks with a variety of inclines/declines and terrains help keep your dog agile in mind, body and soul. Make the walks a fun adventure, and give your pup healthy treats for doing well at points of higher-than-normal stress (meeting new people and animals, stopping and sitting at street corners, etc.,). Take it slow with new adoptees and increase as advisable. If you have a newly adopted senior, slow and steady is best. Nutrition Greens! Need I say more? There are foods that dogs, and humans alike, should have daily – adding greens to your dog’s daily diet will go a long way and help your canines to age gracefully. Nutrition is the key, add greens to your pet’s diet to minimize free radicals, inflammation, and disease, and thus increase his/her longevity. We use our Vitamix to create a green super-food mix, and store in Ball Jars in the freezer for a 3 months, and thawed in fridge for 7 days. Recipe: Organic bunches of spinach, dandelion greens, parsley, kale, celery and seaweed/dulse – all mixed together, add 1/4″ nub of...
Quick and Healthy Yogurt Dog Treats

Quick and Healthy Yogurt Dog Treats

Well it’s a secret no more, my dogs love yogurt dog treats! Dear heaven above, I can’t believe it…. dang dogs, scratching at the refrigerator. Luckily, my Better Whole (also known as Joe) and I live in Seattle. For those that don’t know, Seattle is where some great Greek yogurt, called Ellenos. When you visit Seattle, just meander through Pike Place Market and you’ll find them (and a whole bunch of other great things). Your Dog Will Think Your A Hero You’re not a hero to your dogs? Um..yea, neither are we! I know and I’m The Pet Lifestyle Guru! Dogs…. their love can be swift and somewhat fleeting where food is involved. But in the long run, trust me, they will love you – they are dogs, their souls are made from love. So here’s the thing – with food, your dogs will completely love you, do anything you want them to, as long as you have the food ‘on’ you. Once you relinquish your pup’s treats…. well, sucker, that’s the day you gave up your rights to be God-like! For reals… seriously, did I need to teach you that? But tricks on them – yogurt has gut-healthy probiotics that will help your pooch maintain a happy intestinal track! Yogurt Puts Me in Second Place Yupsters….second place. That’s me, their human that takes care of them, numero two! Why? Heck if I know – the yogurt is like little taste magnets! My dogs love it! So, let’s take a closer look and we’ll find greek yogurt. Greek yogurt you say – why is that awesome for dogs? Pure whole...

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