Summer beach days, backyard barbecues, and trips to the lake call for yummy snacks that refresh and energize. You’ll love preparing this simple summer snack recipe that you can eat alone or share with your dog. The best part? Each ingredient in this “trail mix” contains whole food nutrition with important health benefits for both you and your pet. Get the three-ingredient recipe below and learn how to incorporate these foods into your dog’s summer menu.
Dog Friendly “Trail Mix” Recipe
In a bowl, combine:
- 1/2 cup coconut chips
- 1/2 cup carob chips
- 1 cup blueberries
Mix, and enjoy!
Coconut to reduce inflammation
Coconut is the perfect sprinkle for your dog’s food and great for making treats. Give coconut chips a try too. Coconut contains medium-chain saturated fats, which are transformed into energy and contain special properties that act as anti-inflammatory agents to decrease bacterial growth, irritation and inflammation in the body.
Carob for an upset tummy
Carob is rich in natural sugars and contains all the principal vitamins and minerals, such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, magnesium, silica, vitamins A, B1, B2, niacin, and protein, and is perfectly safe for dogs. Its vitamin E supports skin health, and it has antiviral and antibacterial properties. Carob contains no oxalic acid, so it does not interfere with calcium absorption. Carob is great for calming an upset tummy. (Bonus: This great ingredient is in our Total-Zymes® PLUS™ tabs for small pets and large pets.
Blueberries for stress
A whole food diet that includes fresh blueberries can be a great way to provide your dog with mini-powerhouses of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which help protect him from the effects of stress. Wild blueberries have even more valuable polyphenols than cultivated blueberries do. Simply add a few to food before serving, or use as a treat!
Stock up on dog-friendly fruits
Tip: Before grocery shopping this week, pick up some fruits that you can share with your dog. Try apples, bananas, oranges, kiwis, cantaloupe, watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries.