Clean Eating: Doggy Style

When I got a new puppy last year, my first concern was what the heck am I going to feed her? Since I am on a clean eating diet, of course my dog had to be on some sort of clean eating diet as well. How could I be sitting over here eating veggies and protein and then turnaround and feed my dog corn and fillers? No way jose! I researched homemade dog food and discovered a well-rounded clean eating option called “Doggy Stew.” Not only is it cheaper than the healthy dog kibble these days, but it literally takes me 5 minutes to make it in the crockpot every week and a half.  This “Doggy Stew” is loaded with fruits and veggies and clean protein for my growing pup.

One downside to feeding your pup homemade dog food is compared to kibble, it does not contain all of the nutrients they need in their growing stage and that is where kibble comes in handy. In addition, pups need to learn how to chew their food in order to develop their jaw muscles. With those concerns in mind, I settled on feeding the pup half “Doggy Stew” and half healthy kibble. For the healthy kibble, I chose Blue Buffalo’s Life Protection Puppy Formula because it is all natural, has no artificial flavors, and has no fillers. I wouldn’t say Sierra L.O.V.E.S this kibble but when it’s mixed in with the Doggy Stew, she doesn’t even notice.

In the journey to figuring out what clean-eating dog food to feed Sierra, I also discovered some fun, clean-eating “doggy treats”.  I have tried almost every dog-safe food and so far, Sierra’s favorites are carrots, broccoli stems, cauliflower, blueberries, and lettuce.   Now don’t those just sound better than raw hide bones that are tough to digest and artificially flavored and colored dog bones from the store?  Go team clean eating!  Rawwwr!

My good friend also sent me a great article to 4 DIY Essential Oil Recipes for your pup for things such as Calming Mist and Doggy Shampoo.  I have yet to try them but they are on my short list to try out.  I’m all about trying to go the all natural way where possible… especially when it comes to my fur child!

Homemade “Doggy Stew” in the Crockpot

Ingredients:

3.5 pounds chicken breast

1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

5 large carrots, diced

2 medium apples, cubed and core removed (important:  no seeds allowed for dogs!)

1 – 1.5 cups brown rice

1 can of pure pumpkin puree

Half bag of frozen peas or green beans

5 cups water

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a crock pot and cook on Low for 9 hours or High for 6 hours.  Remove from crockpot, shred chicken, mix together and store in the refrigerator up to a week and a half.

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