Yes it's pumpkin season. It's here and it's awesome. Awesome for you and awesome for your dog. Raw pumpkin has so many nutritional benefits for humans and for dogs. For humans it is a great source of betacarotene which is great for optical health. Pumpkin is also good for digestion, high in fiber and creates a stronger immune system to ward off sickness (and we all know when the weather gets cooler everyone is getting sick). For dogs, it is also an amazing source of vitamin A (good for optical health), Vitamin C (good for immunity), and a great source for fiber (helps with dogs that have recurring diarrhea). Oh and it tastes really good (human and dog approved).
I will be sharing two very simple but delicious recipes for you and your dog! Recipe number one is a green pumpkin smoothie for you and recipe number two is a two ingredient frozen treat for your pup!
1. A Green Pumpkin Smoothie
I used about 2 ripe mushy bananas (the riper they are, the sweeter they are, the more nutritious and easier to digest they are!). I do not add sweetener to my smoothies, I let the fruit do all of the work! For the pumpkin I used about 1 cup (you can use less if you want). Yes I know it looks like baby food, but believe me it is so yummy!
Cinnamon and pumpkin! Who doesn't love that combination?! I used about 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon in this recipe (you can definitely use more if you want though!).
Spirulina! Spirulina is often my go-to for getting my greens in my smoothies (especially if I don't have a spare head of kale or spinach laying around). I get mine from the brand Nutrex Hawaii. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is coined the term "nature's multi-vitamin". I used about 1/2 tsp. of Spirulina in this recipe. It's a great way to boost anything, from smoothies to oatmeal and more!
And of course can't forget about my obsession with chia seeds. I used about 1 tbs. of chia seeds in this recipe. Since I am plant-based, it is a great source of healthy fats (omega-3's), but it is also ideal for anyone else and can be put on anything, literally anything.
Blend It and Enjoy!
2. Two Ingredient Frozen Dog Treat
What You Need:
*Chia seeds are NOT an adequate source of Omega-3 fats for dogs, this is simply just a healthy treat that they love.
Chia seeds! Yes, they are also good for dogs! It's a great source for omega-3's as mentioned in the previous recipe. So for dogs who are sensitive to fish and fish oils, this is a great alternative since it is non-allergenic! It is also high in fiber, great for dogs who are active (supports endurance), and also contains all of this good stuff: Zinc, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus and Copper)
Fill the molds with 1/4 tsp. of chia seed. A little goes a long way, usually the dosage for chia for dogs is 1/4 tsp. for every 10 pounds. However for my dogs, I keep it at 1/4 tsp. My dogs are 10, 60, and 45 pounds. They all get the same amount since I only give it once in a while as a special treat.
Pumpkin! Fill the molds with 1 tsp. of pumpkin and freeze it! This dosage seems to fare fine with all three of my dogs. But like I said my dogs only get it once in a while as a treat or to supplement their already balanced raw diet.