Kefir - is a creamy dairy based food made from goats or cows milk. Also known as a "Probiotic Drink", its very similar to yogurt but runnier and contains more beneficial bacteria. Kefir, yogurt, real cheese (not processed cheeses/cheese food such as cheese whiz and velveeta), and cottage cheese are all safe to give to your dog. Kefir is said to help promote normal bowel functions, lower flatulence, and build a healthier digestive process within the body. When picking kefir for your dog get one that is plain, and has no added sugars or flavors.
- Good source of probiotics
- High in calcium, iodine, and vitamin D
- Good source of heart healthy omega fatty acids
- Helps your pet recover if they have been on antibiotics
- Contains B Complex vitamins, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin D, magnesiuem and phosphorus
- Contains tryptophan an essential amino acid
- Helps prevent illness by building natural immunity
- Contains natural antibiotics and has strong any-fungal properties
- Promotes faster healing of wounds
- Assists in treating intestinal disorders, IBS, and constipation
- Easy to digest
Bananas - Contain 3 natural sugars and fiber. They give you a boost of energy and are a staple of atheletes around the world.
- Contains tryptophan - a protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to help you relax and feel happier (great for depression)
- Vitamin B6 -regulates blood glucose levels
- Natural antacid
- Keeps blood sugars up so as to avoid morning sickness
- High in B vitamins, iron, fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants
- Low in sodium
Flax Seed - Rich source of anticarcinogens and omege-3 fatty acids. Good for their coats and seems to help with arthritis in dogs.
- Low in calories, fat, and sodium.
- High in Fiber and Protein
- Decreases inflammation
Blueberries - Considered to be a superfood! Animals who eat blueberries have been known to have lower fat levels.
- High in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals
- Cardiovascular health benefits
- Controls your bodies sugar levels
- High in fiber, manganese, and vitamin K - improves heart function and lowers the risk of strokes.
- Help repair cells in dogs that do sports
- Anti cancer properties
- Improve cognitive function
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Kefir Blueberry Smoothie!
1 Frozen Banana
1/4 Cup Frozen Blueberries
1 Cup Plain Kefir
1 Tablespoon Toasted Flax Seeds
Toss in a blender on High with a handful of ice until the desired consistency is reached, I made mine kinda soupy and my pups liked it!
Remember that when introducing a new food to give it to your dog in small quantities so as not to upset their system. I gave my pups about 1/8 - 1/4 a Cup and the rest was for me! It was good!
My dogs loved their kefir! Ziva liked it best plain, but Dante made sure to lick the bowls clean of any remnants of smoothie.
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