With the warmer weather this weekend, Holly and Andi want to share with you all the ways they cool down their hot dogs, dawgz.
Summer treats to keep your pup cool (we mean in temperature, we already think they’re pretty pawsome) can be fun, but we want to make sure they’re safe as well! Yes, they can be both!
These are also safe for humans if you’re feeling adventurous but don’t get selfish, these are for your dog after all.
Here are some of our favorites below.
You can also save room in your freezer once these treats are solid by combining them in a ziplock bag!
Banana Pup Pops
Are you like me and you buy healthy with the intentions of eating healthy and never do? Cool. This means you always have an abundance of really ripe bananas that you don’t know what to do with.
This recipe is the solution to your problems - well - banana problem, that is. We can’t help you with all the other things.
You’ll need: Those bananas we were talking about, plain yogurt, peanut butter, a food processor/blender/Ninja and an ice cube tray (Dixie cups work as well).
Combine the peanut butter, bananas and yogurt 1-1-1 ratio in the blender and blend until you have a nice creamy texture.
Fill your ice cube tray or dixie cups to your desired serving size (this varies based on your dog but shouldn’t exceed 8oz). Make sure you put your pupsicle sticks in at this point… Or don’t… you animal.
Pop in the freezer until solid - roughly 4 hours - and let your pup enjoy!
Watermelon is great but doesn’t have a super long shelf life once you cut it up for yourself. So again, don’t be selfish! Think of your favorite quadrupedal furry friend. They can’t make these things for themselves, you know?
You’ll need: A quarter of a watermelon or more (seedless) and one can of coconut milk - also something to puree the watermelon with.
All you need to do with this recipe is blend the ¼ watermelon and can of coconut milk together, pour into ice cube trays and let it freeze!
No need for bones as sticks for these unless you really want to. My pup enjoys these just like regular ice cubes.
Apple and Chicken (WHAT?!) Pupsicles
I know, I know. Sounds gross. But a lot of things your dog enjoys are. So get over it, these aren’t for you anyway!
You’ll need: Unsalted chicken broth (homemade or store bought if you’re not Martha freakin’ Stewart), apples, dixie cups or popsicle molds and some dog treats/bones for pupsicle sticks.
This one is perhaps the most simple of the rest - unless you want to pull some Iron Chef move and make your own broth. Which isn’t my fault if you do so don’t come at me if it takes 10 hours to make these. Also, you’re probably doing something else wrong if it takes you 10 hours to cook a chicken.
Anyway, mix about ½ a cup water with ½ a cup unsalted chicken broth and pour into dixie cups/molds.
Cut up an apple or two into centimeter sized cubes and add these to the cups.
Pop in your pupsicle stick of choice and put them in the freezer for about 4 hours.
And let your pup enjoy!
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