There are a lot of great reasons for you to prepare homemade meals for your dog. Adding some variety to your dog’s diet is healthy, fun, and it spices things up.
You wouldn’t feed your kids or relatives the same meal day in and day out. Why should your dog be any different? Not to mention the fact that you have every right to feel suspicious of some of the more widely available, highly processed dog foods out there.
Preparing your dog’s meals at home gives you control over exactly what you’re feeding them. It’s a relief not having to worry about scary recalls. It can also help you to avoid allergens, preservatives, and filler ingredients such as corn and soy. It potentially could even save you a few bucks!
It’s true that homemade dog food doesn’t always provide all of the key nutrients for optimal health, so consistently feeding your dog strictly homemade meals is only an option if you’re also supplementing their diet with added nutrients.
In this article, we will be focusing on preparing a healthy dog food recipe that your dog is sure to love, and we’ll also discuss what foods you should avoid giving them. Let’s get started!
Which Human Foods Are Unsafe For My Dog
When preparing your dog’s food at home, it’s really important to be aware of the different types of food that are unsafe to feed them. Some common ingredients you want to avoid include:
- Grapes and raisins
- Raw eggs
Dogs’ digestive systems are obviously different from humans, which means a food that we tolerate just fine could be dangerous for your dog…potentially even causing organ failure in severe cases. There are also food items that, while not necessarily toxic to dogs, certainly are less than ideal for good digestion and assimilation of nutrients.
To learn more check out our article, What Fruits and Vegetables can Dogs Eat?
If you still aren’t sure about a particular food item you should talk to your veterinarian before feeding it to your dog.
Our Easy Homemade Dog Food Recipe
Our homemade recipe will contain 4 important elements:
- High-quality meats such as fish, beef, and chicken
- Fibrous carbohydrates such as grains and vegetables
- Essential fats such as eggs and olive oil
- Gorilla Max Muscle Builder for extra nutrients and protein
To get started, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:
- 2 lbs. of ground chicken (cooked through with the fat drained)
- 2-3½ cups of our Gorilla Max Muscle Builder (optional, but great for additional nutrition)
- 2½ cups of organic brown rice
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 cups of baby spinach (chopped)
- 3 carrots (shredded)
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme
- 5 hard-boiled eggs
First, you’ll begin by preparing 1-2 pounds of ground chicken (ideally free-range chicken if possible). Cook your chicken with olive oil and mix in some dried rosemary, thyme, or parsley.
(Although you can also feel free to use any appropriate, high-quality protein. Fish and Beef are fine.)
There’s no need to add any seasoning, as we want to keep our sodium content as low as possible. Cook thoroughly and then let cool to room temperature.
Mix our nutritious Gorilla Max Muscle Builder in with the cooked ground chicken after it has cooled down to room temperature. This is an excellent way to supplement some extra nutrients and create a more balanced and well-rounded meal.
Next, you’ll soak and rinse 2½ cups of organic brown rice. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, and then add your rice. Leave your pot uncovered on a medium-high heat. When the water has mostly evaporated, take your pot off the heat and cover with a tightly fitting lid. Let it rest for 20 or so minutes.
While your rice is cooking, boil the 5 eggs in a medium-sized pot. Set your eggs in a pot and cover with water. Put your burner on high heat until it comes to a rolling boil. Then reduce heat to a low setting and let them simmer for 12-15 minutes.
Now it’s time to prepare your veggies! After washing thoroughly, chop 3 cups of spinach into relatively tiny pieces and shred 3 medium to large sized carrots. Mix them up in a bowl and set them aside for now.
Serve Up Your Healthy Homemade Dog Food
The final thing to do is simply combine and mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl or pot for serving. You’ll want to chop up your boiled eggs into little pieces so you can better assimilate them into the dish.
Mmm… That ought to get your dog’s tail wagging!
As you probably already know, dogs aren’t always the most thorough chewers, so finely chopping your ingredients is important. Make sure to store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container. They will keep for approximately 5 or 6 days. Bon appetit!
Supplement With Bully Max 30/20 High Performance Dog Food
Thanks for giving our recipe a try. We hope your furry little friend enjoys eating it as much as you enjoyed making it. Your dog is a member of your family, and preparing them a homemade meal is a fun and loving thing to do.
The one crucial limitation of homemade dog food is that it typically doesn’t contain all of the essential nutrients that dogs need for well-being and longevity. To feed your dog only homemade food could actually endanger their health.
So if you choose to consistently include homemade food in your dog’s diet, it’s important that you also include supplemental dog food products to ensure that her nutritional needs are being met.
A perfect way to accomplish this is by incorporating added meals of Bully Max 30/20 High Performance Dog Food. It’s an all-natural, 5-star dog food that contains everything your dog needs to be happy and healthy. Offering full label disclosure, It’s also free of filler ingredients such as corn and soy. We know that your canine friend will love it.