So thankful to have Jodi and Puggle and Kolchak visiting and sharing their great ideas today. Make sure you thank her by dropping by her blog Kol’s Notes.
With summer upon us, I’ve been craving frozen treats lately.
My mouth is watering just thinking about the tasty fruit popsicles, creamy ice creams and frozen blender drinks. I’ve been pinning ideas to a “Brain Freeze” Pinterest board for weeks. I take my summer treats very seriously!
Humans aren’t the only ones who appreciate a summer treat. Dog love a frozen snack too.
It all started when I dropped a chunk of my fruit pop and my Puggle, Kolchak, slurped t up so fat that I barely had time to react. I wasn’t exactly thrilled that he had eaten it. Most popsicles are so full of sugar, food dyes and such that they don’t make a good treat for your pets. Seeing how much he loved the cool treat, I decided to start making him pupsicles of his own.
It’s so easy to make frozen treats for your dogs.
Most people already have the ingredients for an awesome pupsicle right in their fridge or pantry. You can make a really tasty pupsicle out of almost anything. You can even mix and match flavours to get a one of a kind creation your pet will love.
Here’s what you need:
- Ice cube trays (I like to use the silicone ones)
- Dog friendly popsicle base, such as:
- Cooked Meats like Chicken or Turkey Breast, Extra Lean Ground Beef, Whitefish, Salmon, & Tuna or game meats, like buffalo, elk, venison or rabbit.
- Low calorie vegetables such as green beans, zucchini, sweet bell pepper, or broccoli
- Cooked starchy vegetables such as mashed sweet potato or potato, peas, carrots, pumpkin or winter squash.
- Fruit like apples, pears, watermelon, bananas, cranberries or blueberries
- Peanut butter, plain, unsweetened yogurt or carob chips
In a blender or food processor, blend together 1 cup of your chosen flavour (or flavours) with 1 cup of water. Blend until smooth. Pour mix into ice cube trays and freeze.
These are absolutely human friendly too. I’ve used the fruity pupsicles to lightly flavour water or the vegetable ones to add flavour and depth to lackluster soups. Here at Casa de Kolchak, the favourites are peanut butter & apple, Chicken & Red Pepper or Fish & Sweet Potato, but we’re constantly trying out new flavours at our house. I think our next batch will be coconut milk, carob chips and banana.
What flavours do you think your dogs will love?
Photo 1: Clockwise from top: Sweet Potato & Pea pupsicles, Sweet Red Pepper Pupsicles and Peanut Butter Apple Pupsicles.
Photo 2: Carrot, Green Bean & Zucchini Pupsicles.
Photo 3: Yogurt & Peanut Butter Pupsicles and Apple Raspberry Pupsicles. Great for humans too!