…and that’s just the start.
This very simple, but powerfully nutritious frozen treat can be used in a couple of ways, so again, I am hoping to give you options. It can be very nutrient-dense, all on its own, or diluted with some liquid (bone broth is good, but you can use vegetable broth, coconut water or thinned goat’s milk, all of which change the nutrient content considerably and in different ways).
To start, you need:
8 ounces Greek yogurt (this is 9% fat, so not for dogs with fat-related issues such as pancreatitis)
2 cans water packed sardines, drained and mashed
2 teaspoons tomato paste (can use low sodium if your dog has renal or cardiovascular issues)
about a cup (raw) kale- diced, steamed and then diced again (it will be about the size of a large egg at the point you start dicing)
All you do is this: take these four ingredients, add some herbs if you like (I used my own garden oregano and dandelion leaf) Mix well and freeze(in ice cube trays or molds, as with the last two recipes). This is a thick mixture, so what I did was just roll them up into balls – after refrigerating about 30 minutes so they’re easier to handle, and then froze on a tray. If you decide to thin the recipe with a liquid of your choice, the recipe will be much lower fat overall, and easier to pour into molds. In either version, you can look at adding things like a mushroom elixir (which the strong flavours will mask) if you are dealing with cancer – this recipe is ideal for dogs with cancer who can handle the low carb/high fat approach. In addition to the Omegas and probiotics, it provides some Vitamin D, about 500IUs per recipe – and is highly palatable. The tomato paste contributes some serious lycopene – 3165 mcgs in this recipe. Mushroom elixirs, powdered herbs, more veggies or even blueberries can go into this without upsetting the taste too badly. I have all my students taste herbs every day, to get acquainted with their flavours and energetics – so don’t worry about that! If you are adding, say, astragalus, add by 1/4 teaspoon increments until you can taste it (it’s bland enough but has some ‘presence’). These treats can be utilized as a means of getting herbs into a sick dog, especially this recipe – but they can also be given just as health boosters – between the four recipes I’ve shared here there is an amazing array of phytochemicals, from lutein and lycopene to quercetin ,apigenin and resveratrol – and with your own improvisations you can make them powerfully geared to your own, unique, individual dog.