With cool autumn temperatures in the air, I am inspired to create original DIY Ollie treats using their dog food as the mixture base. #IthinkIcanIthinkIcan
The Boys were at the vet’s yesterday and Doodle Doc was ecstatic about their weight loss. Harley now weighs 50.8 and Jaxson has slimmed down to 63.4. They both look, act and feel amazing.
You may recall when I supplemented their previous diet (98% protein) with fresh fiber from fruits and veggies – their weight steadily increased.
Portion control and the correct caloric intake with the added ingredients was not something I could accurately master – so I looked to the professionals for help.
Having the Boys on Ollie – fresh human grade flash frozen food calculated through a customized algorithm – has made all the difference in the world.
NUTRITION JOURNEY –
Through this nutrition journey, I’ve learned –
a dogs ideal diet includes meats, veggies, fruits and other whole foods. Proteins should be the base, followed by carbohydrates and fats.The nest
Understanding this has taught me that a proper diet for our pets should also include proper treats.
Harley and Jaxson adore fresh fruits and vegetables. While the veggies are great – the degree of natural sugars in fruit can potentially become a problem since they digest differently and all foods don’t necessarily “break-down” the same way they do for us.
Currently, with the Ollie Beef recipe plan, my Doods daily menu consists of
- Beef (to include the heart, liver and kidney)
- Sweet potatoes
- Peas (as in little green ones)
- Chia seeds
- White potatoes
- And a splash of fish oil
So I thought why not make this into a crunchy cookie treat that I know they will devour?
Too many commercial treats use filler ingredients like potatoes, cornmeal, oats, tapioca wheat and/or rice. These ingredients are not dangerous (as long as they aren’t used in excess) but they offer no nutritional value.
I NEED FLOUR –
Ollie food is moist. If I am trying to make a cookie like treat I will need something to “bind” it together enough so I can bake it without having it crumble like a dried out meatloaf.
Not the avid pet treat baker, I’m not sure which flour is better than the other.
When it comes to dogs, there’s so much to choose from –
- WHOLE-GRAIN FLOURS: Barley, Buckwheat, Millet, Oat, Pea, Quinoa, Rice, Sorghum
- NON-GRAIN FLOURS: Almond, Chickpea, Coconut, Hazelnut, Lentil, Potato
Initially I was researching flour to identify a product that would give me the correct consistency, be beneficial and consumption safe #naturally.
I have since learned there are allergen producing flours I must avoid because of Harley’s environmental allergies. #geez
WE HAVE A WINNER –
If you’ve been reading along all the while thinking “coconut flour”, then you’re correct! Coconut flour is EXTREMELY healthy when used in dog treats.
Minimally processed, it carries a high amount of nutrients…
Coconut flour is –
- Gluten-free and Hypoallergenic
- Rich in Dietary Fiber
- Low in Sugar and Carbohydrates
- High in protein
- High in Healthy Fats
- Reduces the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Helps to Regulate Blood Sugar Levels
WEEKEND BAKE-OFF –
If you can think of additional tips before I start my weekend bake-off please share them in the comments below – I need all the help I can get.
Forecast for the weekend is cool and sunny…
I shall pick up my coconut flour Saturday morning after I chauffeur them to their spa date.
This should be the pawfect weekend to simmer some chili in the crock-pot for Doodle Dad and I, while he finishes painting the Boys pantry (yep, they’re getting their own pantry) as I attempt to be the Julia Childs of my very own DIY Ollie Treats.
Stay tuned – I’ll share the success and pit falls of this
experiment experience on Monday!
Thanks for reading!
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