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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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                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      How to Control Your Thoughts and Become the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

                      Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality.

                      I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

                      You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                      Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

                      When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                      I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                      Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                      Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                      Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

                      1. The Inner Critic

                      This is your constant abuser. He is often a conglomeration of:

                      • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
                      • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
                      • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
                      • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                      He is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

                      Why else would he abuse you? And since “he” is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                      2. The Worrier

                      This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

                      He is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it.

                      Occasionally, he is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                      3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

                      He is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                      He can be set off by words or feelings. He can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                      He has no real motivation; he has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

                      4. The Sleep Depriver

                      This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                      His motivation can be:

                      • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                      • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                      • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
                      • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                      How can you control these squatters?

                      How to Master Your Mind

                      You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                      Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                      There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                      • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                      • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                      This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

                      The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

                      Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                      For the Inner Critic

                      When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                      You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                      For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                      You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

                      “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                      If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                      • He riles up the Worrier.
                      • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                      • He is often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                      • He is a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                      • He is the destroyer of self-esteem. He convinces you that you’re not worthy. He’s a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get him out!

                      Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                      Replace him with your new best friend who supports, encourages, and enhances your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                      For the Worrier

                      Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                      Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

                      You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                      • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tense

                      Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                      If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                      Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                      “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                      Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                      If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

                      Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

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                      Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                      For example:

                      If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                      “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                      Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                      “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                      Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                      For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                      Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                      The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

                      • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
                      • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                      • Muscles tension

                      I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                      Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                      Breathe in through your nose:

                      • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                      • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                      • Focus on your belly rising.

                      Breathe out through your nose:

                      • Feel your lungs emptying.
                      • Focus on your belly falling.
                      • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                      Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

                      Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

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                      One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                      Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                      For the Sleep Depriver

                      (He’s made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                      I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                      Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                      1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                      2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                      When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

                      From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                      For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                      If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                      You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                      • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
                      • Shut down your thinking.
                      • Calm your feelings.
                      • Simply focus on the present moment. 

                      Becoming the Master of Your Mind

                      Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

                      You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                      Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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