Dog-friendly frozen treats

I love making dog-friendly frozen treats. I also love a good holiday. Especially when it’s one of those made up, life-is-oh-so-good holidays. And today, we are celebrating another one. It’s National Pina Colada Day! Now I don’t know why someone thought having a pina colada day was in order, but I’m not complaining!

I’ll take me some healthy smoothies (and an excuse for rum for me) any day of the week! Yes, I said healthy! Pina Coladas are packed with energy, vitamins and enzymes (sans the alcohol–sorry!).

When it’s moms only time, you can throw a little captain in there for a fun summertime girlfriend drink. (It goes without saying to never EVER feed alcohol to dogs).

Pina Coladas are a great “mood food”. We are all about healthy brains and minds here, so we can live free from constant anxiety. So, treating yo’self and yo’dogs with a nice frozen sunny day treat can not only give you a bit of that self love you need, but it is also packed with the right kind of nutrients to keep your dog’s (and your) body happy. 

I’ve got a trick down below in the recipe section for how you can use this dog-friendly frozen treat recipe as an anxiety zapper for your dog too!

  

Pineapples:

These flower power fruits are not only making a comeback in interior design, they’re making a health comeback as well!

They are:

  • Low calorie
  • High in manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar, calcium absorption and many other bodily processes. Dogs, especially raw fed ones, can be low on this mineral due to their diets.
  • Have an enzyme called Bromelain, which acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory. It can reduce inflammation in muscles and joints. It also fights cancer… my favorite.

Mangoes:

Who doesn’t love a good mango? While, this fruit is not making a design comeback, it surely is here to stay in the nutrition world. This little egg-shaped luscious plant is also packed with nutrients.

These babies are:

  • Packed with potassium and magnesium, which is great for heart health.
  • Mangoes have almost every vitamin under the sun, and a great occasional supplement for any deficiencies you and your pup might have.
  • It’s also a powerful antioxidant! Again, this fights many diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and aging. The antioxidants suck up all the free radicals that are just going to party town in your bodies.
  • And as you guessed it, my FAVE… They help fight cancer! (Before cancer starts. Check with an integrative veterinarian before feeding sugar to a dog WITH cancer)

Always remember, these frozen dog treats are added calories… so feed your dogs less food on days you give them these treats!

 

***ALSO IF YOUR DOG HAS CANCER, DO NOT FEED THEM SUGAR, STARCH, CARBOHYDRATES AS SUGAR HAS BEEN STUDIED IN FEEDING CANCER. THESE FRUITS CONTAIN SUGAR,  SO CHECK WITH YOUR INTEGRATIVE VETERINARIAN FIRST.

 

Dog-Friendly Pina Colada Recipe

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

Servings: 2, 16 ounce glasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic frozen pineapples (try to buy them pre-frozen so you don’t have to chop and freeze!)
  • 1 cup organic (if you can!) frozen pineapples
  • 1/2 cup organic frozen mangoes
  • 1 can of organic coconut cream
  • 2 TBS organic almond or peanut butter
  • 1 TBS unsweetened coconut flakes

Instructions:

1. Throw ingredients in a high powered blender and if you have the smoothie setting, turn it to that. No power blender? That’s ok, just blend on the highest setting for 1 minute.

2. Serve up a few tablespoons of the healthy dog-friendly frozen treat in a bowl proportionate to your dog’s size and drink the rest for yourself. OR you have the option to freeze the smoothie and make shareable popsicles for a hot day.

3. A third option is to throw the dog-friendly smoothie in a Kong toy and freeze overnight for perfect dog anxiety zappers.

4. FOR MOMS ONLY: add an ounce of rum and some ice, after you separate some virgin pina coladas for your dogs… and bring to book club. Your friends will love it!  Use these glass straws to differentiate your mom smoothie from your dogs and also because… the environment 🙂

NOTES:

If the smoothie is too thick for you, just add a little almond milk or water to thin it out. You could also use a splash of coconut water, but let’s not go too crazy on the sugars, k?

 

If you try this recipe, let me know in the comments below! I’d also love to see pictures, so tag me on Instagram @LifewithLaker!

 

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