Homemade Low Fat Dog Treats For Man's Best Friend
Just as we humans tend to gain weight as we get older and need to make changes in our diets to keep our youthful figures and stay in good health so too do our canine companions have a tendency to pack on those pounds as they age and get slower. So just as we need to change our own diets so to do we need to see that those precious pooches remain as slim and trim and as healthy as possible.
A low fat diet is essential for most older dogs and many younger ones as well. However, finding low fat Dog Treats may not be as easy as it may seem. While a variety of feed companies provide low fat dog foods few feel the need to provide wholesome low fat treats. However you can make your own Homemade low fat Dog Treats that will keep man's best friend happy and plenty friendly! Here is a simple yet extremely tasty recipe that most mutts love to munch.
Low Fat Veggie Treats
1 cup fresh baby spinach or collard greens
¾ cup frozen California Mixed vegetables (or you can make your own california mix using fresh carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli)
¼ plain fat free yogurt
½ cup unsweetened applesauce
2 ½ cups whole wheat flour
½ teasspoon baking soda
¼ cup beef or chicken broth or bullion
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a food processor place spinach or collard greens, and California mix Pulse until the vegetables are a fine consistent dice. Pour the vegetables into a large mixing bowl and add the applesauce and yogurt. Stir and set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together the flour and baking soda and then slowly add the vegetable mixture pausing to stir frequently. Once all the flour is added knead until the dough is a firm ball.
Lightly flour your counter top or cutting board and roll out dough until it is between ¼ and ½ inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters. Place on baking sheet and using a pasty brush brush each treat lightly with bullion. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 or 25 minutes. Leave in oven for 2 hours until treats are hardened. Place in plastic zip lock bag and store in refrigerator of freezer.
Notes: Due to the fact that some dogs are lactose intolerant check with your vet to make sure that the yogurt in this recipe won't have any adverse effect on your pet. While most dogs love these treats and experience no problems it is better to be safe than sorry.
It should also be noted that these treats only remain good for 3 weeks in the refrigerator but, for a full 6 months when frozen so you may want to store them in smaller bags taking out only what you need for a week or two of treats.
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