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10 Best Gourmet Dog Food Recipes for a Healthy Dog

10 Best Gourmet Dog Food Recipes for a Healthy Dog

Have you ever come across a time where you’ve asked, “I wonder whether what I’m feeding my dog is actually good?” Most commercial pet foods these days include so much fillers – eg. processed parts of other animals, that it has become difficult for consumers to figure out what’s good and what’s bad for their dog. That is why commercial pet foods are relatively cheaper as compared to veterinary approved dog food – which cost a bomb.

As a result, there are an increase in dog-owners taking their dogs’ diets into their own hands. Yes, it is true that making wholesome home-cooked food for our dogs is great because it gives us the control as to what goes into their diets. But the problem of how much nutrition goes into it still persists.

To help you with a diet that is not only delicious but also has enough nutrition for your dog, check out these 10 healthy gourmet dog food recipes that we have picked out for your best friend.

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    1. Brown Rice and Chicken in a Crockpot

    This recipe includes carbohydrates which most dog meals are lacking because there is always the misconception of dogs not needing carbs when they actually do!

    Ingredients: 

    Carbs
    1 cup of brown rice
    2 cups of water

    Vegetables
    1/2lb of green beans
    1 medium sweet potato
    3 medium carrots

    Protein
    2 boneless chicken breasts or 4 chicken thighs

    Directions: 

    1. Place all ingredients into a crockpot
    2. Cook on high for about 4-5 hours
    3. When done, break chicken into bit sized pieces
    4. Serve an appropriate portion and refrigerate excess. Can be kept for 3-4 days.

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      2. Scrambled Eggy Spinach and Salmon

      Most dog owners have never fed eggs to their dogs before for fear that they might have an upset stomach. But eggs are actually good for your dog as they have good digestible protein and a range of vitamins!

      Ingredients: 

      Healthy fats
      2 eggs
      1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil

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      Protein
      1/2 can of skinless salmon

      Vegetables
      1/2 cup of thawed spinach

      Directions: 

      1. Heat skillet over high heat
      2. Add spinach and salmon to skillet and cook through
      3. Add eggs and stir for 2 minutes scrambling it
      4. Serve when cool

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        3. Beef Stew

        This recipe is packed with proteins and vitamins. It can also be stored in the fridge for about a week. Your dog will definitely thank you for this!

        Ingredients: 

        Protein
        1 pound of beef stew meat

        Carbs
        1 small sweet potato

        Vegetables
        1/2 cup of carrots, diced
        1/2 cup of green beans, diced
        1/2 cup of flour
        1/2 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of olive oil

        Directions: 

        1. Cook sweet potato in microwave oven for 5 to 8 minutes
        2. Cook stew pieces in a stew pot for 10-15 minutes with oil
        3. Remove the beef pieces and retain the drippings
        4. Add water and flour to the drippings to create a gravy
        5. Add vegetables and meat into the gravy and cook for 10 minutes
        6. Serve when cool

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          4. Turkey Rice

          Turkey has always been clean meat for humans and it is perfect for dogs too. A great source of protein and good carbs provided by the brown rice in this meal, it is definitely something your dog will enjoy.

          Ingredients: 

          Protein
          1 pound of ground turkey

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          Carbs
          2 cups of brown rice

          Vegetables
          1/2 cup of brocolli
          1/2 cup of carrots
          1/2 cup of cauliflower
          1 teaspoon dried rosemary

          6 cups of water

          Directions: 

          1. Place water, ground turkey, rice and rosemary into a pot
          2. Stir until ground turkey breaks up and is evenly spread
          3. Bring to a boil then reduce heat
          4. Simmer for 20 minutes
          5. Add vegetables and cook for 5 minutes
          6. Serve when cool

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            5. Chicken Jerky

            We’re not leaving the snacks out, as this one is a great recipe to make your dog go bonkers and always come back for more!

            Ingredients:

            2 – 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts

            Directions:

            1. Preheat oven to 200 degress
            2. Make sure chicken breasts doesn’t have any fat
            3. Cut into 1/8 inch strips
            4. Bake for 2 hours until strips are dry and hard
            5. Serve

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              6. Hearty Meatballs

              Meatballs shouldn’t be enjoyed by humans only! Spread the love to your dogs by making this meatball dish that is full of protein, fibres and good Omega 3 fats.

              Ingredients: 

              Protein
              500g of ground beef

              Fruit
              1/2 cup go raw grated apples

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              Vegetables
              1 tablespoon of parsley flakes

              1/4 cup of honey
              2 tablespoons of Omega 3,6 oils

              Directions: 

              1. Mix all the ingredients together and make into balls
              2. Either bake or pan fry it with olive oil
              3. Serve

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                7. Yoghurt Treats

                Dogs need calcium as well as humans and they are not getting enough unless they are taking supplements or vet approved dog food, which can be really expensive. Why not try making these easy yoghurt treats that can give your dog a healthy dose of calcium?

                Ingredients: 

                1/2 cup to a cup of plain yoghurt
                1/2 cup to a cup of strawberries
                1/2 cup to a cup of blueberries

                Directions: 

                1. Puree all ingredients with a blender
                2. Mix ingredients and pour into a mould
                3. Serve

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                  8. Fish Dinner

                  Always thought fish were for felines and bones for canines? Fish are indeed good for dogs and especially for a long silky coat of fur. Try feeding this fish dinner to your dog and feel the difference in his or her beautiful locks.

                  Ingredients:

                  Protein:
                  1 can of salmon
                  1 egg

                  Vegetables:
                  1 medium carrot
                  1 potato
                  1 celery

                  3 tablespoon of flour
                  1 tablespoon of olive oil

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                  Directions:

                  1. Chop potatoes, celery and carrot into bit sized pieces
                  2. Pat salmon dry and mix with flour and eggs
                  3. Form salmon into small patties
                  4. Fry patties and stir fry vegetables for 5-8 minutes after taking out patties
                  5. Serve

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                    9. Chicken Casserole

                    We all love a warm, homely casserole. And there’s no reason why you shouldn’t pamper your best friend with this chicken casserole dish. They’ll definitely be in the kitchen all day waiting for you to serve them one of these!

                    Ingredients:

                    Protein:
                    2 chicken breasts

                    Vegetables:
                    1 cup of chopped vegetables (green beans, carrots or brocolli)
                    1/4 cup of rolled oats

                    2 cups of chicken broth
                    1 tablespoon of olive oil

                    Directions:

                    1. Chop chicken and cook in skillet with oil
                    2. Add chicken broth, rolled oats and vegetables in pan and simmer for 15 minutes
                    3. Serve

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                      10. Chicken Salad

                      This chicken salad is as healthy as it gets. With fresh greens and free-range chickens, this is the ultimate dog detox meal.

                      Ingredients:

                      Protein:
                      500g Organic Free Range Chicken

                      Vegetables:
                      1 cup of Quinoa
                      3 cups of chopped kale
                      3 handful of green beans
                      2 zucchinis

                      Directions:

                      1. Boil Quinoa in 2 cups of water
                      2. Slice chicken into strips and sauté in skillet with olive oil
                      3. Add vegetables and stir fry
                      4. Stir Quinoa in
                      5. Serve

                      Featured photo credit: Dog Food via doggyfoods.com

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                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      18 Benefits of Journaling That Will Change Your Life

                      The act of writing in a journal often seems daunting or unnecessary to many people. Even authors who work on novels might shun the idea of daily diaries. What purpose does jotting down words on a regular basis do if not contributing to the next novel, play or song? I know from experience many benefits of journaling that I wish to share.

                      1. Understand Yourself Better

                      Though many people and even writers avoid keeping journals, I vow to do it more often. Not only do I desire to take up daily journaling but also I plan to do it with pen to paper.

                      Some of the benefits I’ve found from my more active days include finding myself in the sense of understanding what matters to me and what I want out of life. I’ve been incredibly fortunate to find a spouse who is my best friend and advocate in raising children. I attribute this and much more to what I learned about myself in keeping journals for years.

                      2. Keep Track of Small Changes

                      I’ll admit that I never got very far with my guitar lessons, but in writing in a journal, I have seen the ability to track small changes like those that come when you practice anything.

                      Those learning a musical instrument often fail to see the small improvements that come with regular practice. Writing won’t help you switch chords any faster, but it will help you to develop a better sense for language and grammar just by doing it.

                      3. Become Aware of What Matters

                      As you continue to write in a journal, following a stream-of-consciousness feel, you can look back on the topics that you chose to write about. Those issues and emotions that poured out of you will provide insight on to what matters most to you.

                      You may not even realize that you’re job is depressing you or that you want to spend more time with your kids until you look over your thoughts that you weren’t really thinking about.

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                      4. Boost Creativity

                      The idea that the brain and its neural activity across hemispheres encourages learning also shows up in increased creativity. Just like with learning an instrument, your increased activity will inspire your thoughts to connect and reconnect in different ways.

                      When I wrote in a journal, I often wrote poetry as well as just my thoughts as they came out. I started to hear poems more in my mind; so much so that I took to scrawling lines on napkins and finding metaphors in mundane activities.

                      You really are what you do, so writing helps grow more than being a writer. Writing boosts the way you communicate and structure language, which really is a creative process.

                      5. Represents Your Emotions in a Safe Environment

                      A journal is as private as it gets. You can lock it in a safe or tuck it under a pillow and no one will accidentally share it on social media or have an opportunity to “leave a comment.”

                      Write about your sorrow as much as your happiness and frustration and know that you don’t have to keep your emotions inside your body. You can put them on paper.

                      6. Process Life Experiences

                      When you take the time to look back over what you’ve written, be it a week or a year later, you will have the distance you need to more objectively interpret your raw feelings.

                      Everything from losing a job to losing a loved one can emerge in a new light for a fresh perspective. Figuring out how the benefits of journaling affect your perspective on life will create connection and increase creativity.

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                      7. Stress Relief

                      In combining the exercise inherent in fine motor coordination that comes from the act of writing with the emotional release of self expression, those who maintain a journal relieve stress.

                      Try it out. Go home and write about your day. Write about the traffic. Write about the coffee order the barista got wrong but you didn’t have time to change. See how you can physically purge some of that pent-up stress by putting it on paper.

                      8. Provide Direction

                      Though journaling is often conducted as an activity without much direction, it often provides direction.

                      One of the biggest benefits of journaling is that your chaotic thoughts merge to show a direction in which to head. Asking the right questions is the only way to achieve the best solutions, so look to your journal to find your way toward your next goal.

                      9. Solve Problems

                      Just as in practicing math problems, we all get better at finding hidden solutions through the act of processing.

                      Think of your next goal as X and solve your life problems by reading your journals as word problems. The benefit of journaling here is that you write, explore and process to recognize and then solve problems.

                      When life is too in-your-face, you have to step back to see reality. Living in the moment allows us to write in the moment and use that expression to solve problems.

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                      10. Find Relief From Fighting

                      Solving your problems only comes after time to process, recognize and strategize. Just as in the benefit of journaling where relief comes from the act of writing, relief from fighting comes when you decide to “sit this one out” and communicate one-way.

                      Fighting is only productive when the fighters care to communicate and find common ground. When the emotions are as high as the stress levels, writing will function as the best time out.

                      11. Find Meaning in Life

                      Journaling will show you why you are living, whether you are wallowing in things you wish to change or striving to make the changes. Your life will begin to take on new meaning and your own words will reveal the actions that got you where you are so that you can assess and pave a new path for your future.

                      12. Allow Yourself to Focus

                      Taking even a small amount of time out of every day will provide you with not only peace of mind but also increased focus. Taking a break to meditate in writing and journaling will sharpen your mental faculties.

                      13. Sharpen Your Spirituality

                      When we write, we allow all the energy and experiences to flow through us, which often provides further insight into our own spirituality. Even if your parents didn’t raise you to follow a specific religion, your thoughts will start to show you what you believe about the universe and your place in it.

                      14. Let the Past Go

                      I’ve mentioned a few examples where going back over your writing offers advice and direction, but the simply truth is that writing down our feelings can be the best way to let them go. We can choose to literally throw these pages away when they’re filled with negativity and hate.

                      15. Allow Freedom

                      Journaling is the perfect way to not only express yourself but to also experience the freedom of being who you are. Your books can stay private or you can publish them. Your freedom stems from your sense of self and your perception of your thoughts.

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                      16. Enhance Your Career

                      Again, the private act of pen-to-paper processing provides the benefits of journaling mentioned above, but you can also enhance your career when you take similar ideas and categorize, edit and publish them in an online blog.

                      Your thoughts will often be personal and express emotions, but another benefit of journaling is uncovering fresh ideas about your work.

                      17. Literally Explore Your Dreams

                      All the benefits I’ve mentioned explore ideas, thoughts and emotions, which is also what our dreams and nightmares do. Through writing down your dreams from the previous night, you can enhance your creativity as well as connect some of the metaphorical dots from the rest of your journal.

                      18. Catalog Your Life for Others

                      No one wants to think about dying, but we all die. Leaving a journal will act as a way to reconnect with family and friends left behind. The ideas you wish to keep personal while you process the life you’re living will serve to rekindle and inspire those who loved you through the process.

                      We consider our partners our life witnesses, but writing provides a tangible mark on the world.

                      Now that you’ve learned all the benefits of journaling, it’s time to start writing a journal:

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