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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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                      Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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