Spring has sprung, and I’m loving it! What should I snack on to stay energized and healthy while I’m out and about?
Viola the Vizsla
Oh, do I have some recipes for you — all featuring fresh spring ingredients and personally taste-tested by moi! They are super-full of nutrients to fuel your body for these longer days of play.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie Dog Biscuits
Strawberries are a spring staple, so now’s the perfect time to try this treat. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but they’ve got high fiber and lots of vitamin C. Here’s a bonus: strawberries even have an enzyme that can help whiten your teeth! Bananas are also a healthful, safe fruit for dogs.
• 1/2 cup strawberries, puréed
• 1 medium banana, mashed
• 1/4 cup milk
• 1-1/4 cup flour
• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients — adding one at a time and kneading well after each addition.
3. Sprinkle dough with flour and roll out to about quarter-inch thick.
4. Cut into fun shapes.
5. Place treats 1 inch apart on baking sheet, poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
6. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
7. Cool and refrigerate.
Dog Breath Mint
Did you know mint also sprouts in spring? This herb adds a fantastic flavor to treats and helps freshen stinky dog breath. Here’s a quick, easy recipe for homemade dog mints.
• 10 crackers (unsalted) or 1/2 cup oats
• 1/2 cup mint leaves (chopped)
1. Crush crackers.
2. Finely chop mint leaves.
3. Add small amounts of water to the mixture until ingredients stick together.
4. Form into bite-size balls.
5. Put the balls on a sheet of waxed paper, place in the freezer
6. Keep in freezer; when ready to serve, thaw a bit.
Green Dog Cookies
You may think a veggie cookie sounds grody, but this springtime treat is really yummy — trust me. Peas are a healthy source of vitamin B, thiamin, and potassium. Spinach is also tasty and packed with vitamins, iron, and minerals. You can even share these with your human family.
• 1 cup flour
• 1 cup cooked peas *optional
• 1 cup spinach *optional
• 1/4 cup canola oil
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon salt
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, line a baking sheet with wax paper.
2. In a bowl, mix flour and salt.
3. Purée peas and spinach with canola oil.
4. Add green mixture to flour, crack the
egg on top. Blend until dough forms.
5. Sprinkle dough with flour, roll out to about quarter-inch thick.
6. Cut into fun shapes.
7. Place treats 1 inch apart on baking sheet,
and poke with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
8. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes.
9. Cool and refrigerate.
These are great treats! Bone Appetite!