Anyone that knows me and Matt knows that Roxy and Bali are like our children. We dress them up for Halloween, had caricatures made of them last summer, and they get a byline on our Christmas cards. I/we just adore our dogs and LOVE spoiling them by taking them on long walks and snuggling on the couch.
Last week Bali celebrated her 6th birthday! (My "baby" is growing up!) Per doggie birthday tradition in our house, R & B get to eat doggie "ice cream" (which is essentially frozen protein) as a special treat. They LOVE this stuff and it's hilarious to watch them with the little paper cups. Somehow the subject of doggie ice cream came up with one of my coworkers last week and we had a good laugh about it. Well, yesterdayy this same coworker (J) came into my office with a clipping from a magazine. Don't know the name of the magazine but the article is called "Lick the Dog Days" with a recipe for...doggie ice cream/smoothies! She said she immediately thought of me and I knew as soon as I saw the article that I was making these!
I had to go to the grocery store last night anyway so I decided to get the ingredients to make these since the recipe looked SUPER SIMPLE (and I was in a good mood after *finally* getting to run/avoiding the storms).
2 cups (organic optional) vanilla yogurt (Can use low fat)
and one of the following: 1 banana, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/2 cup blueberries or 1/2 cup strawberries
(Reminder from me: Do NOT add any types of grapes, raisins, citrus or chocolate as these can be harmful or fatal to your pet. Same goes for onions and peppers of any kind but don't think you would be adding those to a smoothie)
(R&B love PB so I opted to make the PB version but I had any of those fruits available to me to make as well. We also already had 3 different types of PB in the pantry!)
--Pour all ingredients together in a blender/food processor and blend until smooth.
--Pour into small paper cups or ice cube trays and freeze until solid (I used the 3oz. "bathroom size" cups)
The entire time I was putting this together R & B were going NUTS and begging...it was like they KNEW this recipe was for them even though those are all very much human ingredients.
The smoothies were still freezing when I went to bed last night but I let them lick spoons after I was done and it met with a "wet nose seal of approval". (I admit, I tasted it as well and it was pretty darn tasty! Does that make me weird? Don't answer that :) )
Has anyone else done any "home cooking" for their dogs?
"Mommy give me a smoothie!"