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Yöghund | tha Dog Ice Cream!

YWith Summer being just around the corner (Hopefully), I like the idea of being able to peel open a nourishing, Organic Blueburry Yöghund for Ballou to happily lick.  Although we like to think of this treat as “tha Dog Ice Cream,” it’s actually yogurt and a whole lot better and healthier for the overall well-being of our canine friends.

A recognized Power Food, Yogurt is High in Calcium and Protein, containing active bacteria that can act as a probiotic; good for a dog’s Digestive and Immune system. What makes Yöghund so Dog-Gone-Good is the fact that this specially made, frozen treat for dogs adds billions of beneficial live cultures, 6 additional strains per cup, to the current yogurt base.

Note: Typically, dogs are unable to easily digest lactose (diary products), however, Yogurt is an exception, containing lactose fighting bacteria

Recommended to give to your dog daily, below is a list of Conditions where Your dog might benefit from Yöghund:

– Changing Diets Yoghund
– Boarding, Daycare, Dog Parks
– Traveling
– Dogs with Sensitive Bowels
– Dogs on Antibiotics
– Dogs with Allergies
– Dogs with Poor Skin and Hair
– Dogs on a Diet
– Dogs exposed to Stressful Situations
– Dogs that Need a Distraction
– Puppies and Seniors with their Special Needs

A guaranteed low fat, low Calorie treat with no preservatives or sweeteners (added sugars), to Find out more about this frozen treat, Go to: Yoghund.com

Our favorite Flavors are the Organic Banana + Peanut Butter  and the Organic Blueberry + Vanilla Bean!

MUNCH Love!

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Organic Pumpkin + Turkey Meatballs | Nummy Tum-Tum!

Embracing the term ORGANIC, we decided to make Yummy Turkey Meatballs, with 100% smooth ORGANIC Pumpkin Puree by Nummy Tum-Tum.

photo-28Inspired by the Homemade Turkey and Sweet Potato Meatball recipe on PetCouponSavings.com, this Affordable and Easy recipe will definitely be common in our kitchen.  Just Swapping out Sweet Potato for ORGANIC Pumpkin Puree (1/2 can), and adding 1 teaspoon of OLIVE OIL (for skin + coat health), we followed the recipe step-by-step and as the sweet smell of ORGANIC Pumpkin rised from our oven, we were so tempted to pop one or two in our mouths (non-meat eater over here).  Our Midget Poop Ballou has already devoured three so far.  We are happy to say that we only used half of the batch mixture and have deep freezed the rest for future meals/treats.  No doubt, we plan on using this recipe as a base/inspiration for others, like, Apple + Turkey Meatballs (Ballou just loves him some apple).

MUNCH love!

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10 ICE-CUBE-CRUNCHY Treats…for Dogs!

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We CANNOT WAIT until SUMMER! Let me repeat that again… We CANNOT WAIT until SUMMER!

Especially since there are so many Healthy, Easy-Peezy, ICE-CUBE-CRUNCHY treats to make for dogs. Not only are these treats good for the general issue of teething puppies or for keeping your dog cool in the summer (blah, blah, blah), but they are also great for us, tha humans to CRUNCH on.

Whether you are looking to cube-freeze pieces of apple in chicken broth, baby food, low sugar juice, or a blended smoothie, get inspired by checking out these 10 RAWRSOME recipes:

Smiley Banana Frosty’s by Sugar the Golden Retriever

Peanut Butter + Yogurt Hearts by 17 Apart

Yogurt, Peanut Butter, Honey + Banana Treats by Today’s Mama

Chicken Broth Dog Treats by Irresistible Pets

Strawberry, Blueberry + Yogurt Treats by Doggy Dessert Chef

Red + Blue Popsicles by Sugar the Golden Retriever

Frozen Apple Bites by Kelsey Difani

Triple Berry Treats by Pitlandia

Pumpkin Bones by My Dog’s Breakfast

Strawberry + Coconut Milk Skulls by Doggy Dessert Chef

Also, Check Out FreezyPups.com – Delicious Frozen Treats for Dogs!  We love their cute Bone-shaped ice cube trays and the ingredients in their Organic refill packets sound YUMMY!

MUNCH love!

Green Tripe Sticks for Dogs | COMING SOON to tha MUNCHbox!

GGreen tripe is the unbleached, nutrient rich stomach lining of a grass-fed animal containing essential fatty acids and digestive juices important for your pet’s health.”  – PetKind  –

Made from All-Natural Beef Tripe, Green Tripe Sticks are preservative, additive and chemical free and contain essential fatty acids that are great for teeth, skin and coat.  These fully-digestible dog chews are safe and are a healthy alternative to rawhide.  Measuring approximately 5-7 inches in length, but varying in thickness, they are not only good for dogs of all life stages, but are also good for picky eaters and sensitive stomachs.

Although this chew is one of the healthiest and most nutritious, it may be wise to give as an outdoor treat, as the odor is not pleasant.

MUNCH love!

Fresh Fruit Salads for Dogs!

FNot an uncommon topic, I always knew dogs could eat fruit, but I never knew the many different kinds of fruit …

Apples – Bananas – Blueberries – Pears – Strawberries – Cantaloupe – Blackberries – Watermelon -Coconut – Raspberry – Oranges – Grapefruits – Mangos – pineapple …

With the exception of a few (grapes, raisins, apricots, peaches, raisins), the list can probably go on.  I honestly only fed my dog Apples, sometimes, Pears.

Overall, you can definitely get inspired when making fruit treats.  I have seen a bunch on Pinterest, like Raspberry Birthday Cakes…for Dogs. But, we at tha MUNCHbox, like to keep it simple.

Check Out this popular Quinoa Fruit Salad w/Honey Lime Dressing.

Yes! This recipe is for humans, which means, you guessed it… Sharing is Caring.  With Spring in the air and summer around the corner (we hope), the both of you can kick-back and enjoy a healthy, but delicious treat.  A simple Fruit Salad, another plus about this recipe, is that you can mix it up.

For Example:

If you don’t want Quinoa, then don’t add it…

If you or your dog prefers Pineapple to Mango, then use that instead (or both)…

Try Watermelon, Honeydew Melon and Cantaloupe… 

Don’t just garnish with Mint, try Parsley or even Low Fat Whipped Cream…

For the dressing, add a beneficial teaspoon of Ginger to the Honey Lime Dressing…

See, the possibilities are endless.  But, remember to keep your dog in mind; No Grapes.

Now, if this is too much work for you, just throw everything in a blender, with some Unsweetened Peanut Butter or even Greek Non Fat Yogurt and VIOLA!  You got a smoothie, that you and your dog can lick up.

MUNCH love!

Check Out Our Fruit Pops at thaMUNCHbox.com!

Learn About 6 Antioxidants that Fruits are filled with by CLICKING HERE!

D-I-Y | Dehydrated Grain-Free Duck Treats!

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IF ONLY I HAD THE TIME!

I would love nothing more, than to make grain-free Duck treats for my little midget, who is 3 lb. of tough Yorkie; he LOVES + DEVOURS Duck! I honestly don’t know what it is, although I am guessing the soft “DUCKtile” texture has something to do with it.

Quick Note: I definitley feel as though a dog’s body, just like ours, will tell us what nutrients they need (or don’t need). I think this is why Ballou tends to push away or ignore some foods, like beef, versus others, like duck, which may contain nutrients his body is yearning for.   

Anyway, although Duck is on the expensive side and can be harder to find than say…chicken, it’s a novelty protein that stands as a wonderful alternative to common proteins (Lamb or Beef), especially for dogs with allergies.  Moreover, being that my midget is on the small side, I do feel as though he can stand to gain a few pounds and with Duck being higher in fat and calorie content…than chicken, I think Grain-Free Duck Treats are perfect for him.

For those of us who may not be fortunate to be close to a butcher or Grocery Store (i.e. Super 88) where Duck is readily available, definitely check out Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow at www.Hare-Today.com. This site has everything from Duck gizzards to Duck Necks; although I think I will personally start off small with Duck Liver + Duck Hearts.

Doing my Due-Diligence on making dehydrated treats, I have created a list of things/steps/tips that I will keep on hand for when it’s time for me to chef it up in the kitchen.  Check them out below:

1.) If you’re going for breast meat, leaner cuts are best (be sure to remover any skin or fat)

2.) Strive for equally sized pieces for a consistent drying time.  If the meat does need to be cut, know that partially freezed meat makes for easier cutting; try cutting against the grain (I think I know what this means)

Quick Note: Placing meat between wax paper and taking a rolling pin or meat pulverizer to flatten the pieces will also aid with a consistent drying time, cooking the meat evenly.  

4.) Whether you are using a Dehydrator or an Oven, you typically want to set your device on the lowest setting or between 150-200 degrees.  The lower the temperature, the longer the time, which can be anywhere from 2 hours to 7 hours (even more).  As mentioned, the thickness of meat will also play into drying time.  Also, meat should be fully thawed when dehydrating, too much moisture could prolong drying time as well.

Quick Note: Rotate meat every couple of hours.  The decision of whether the treat is ready is really under your discretion; some like a little moisture (shorten shelf life), while others like dried-out.

5.) If you are using a rack, use non-stick cooking spray to make sure the meat doesn’t stick.  If you are using a baking pan, you can also spray the pan down or sheet with foil or parchment paper.  Lightly basing the meat with oil helps

Quick Note: Make sure the meat is evenly spaced on the rack/baking pan (not touching)

6.) Don’t be afraid to Chef it up a bit.  Knowing Duck is apart of the fowl family, I have discovered some chicken jerky recipes for dogs, like the Honey Lime Chicken Jerky by Doggy Desert Chef, that I definitely plan on using for inspiration. To be specific, Cinnamon, Parsley, Sage, Mint, tumeric, basil, ginger…are all things I plan on using, but not all at once of coarse.  If you are not sure about using a certain ingredient, just google it.

Quick Note: For the healthy and beneficial properties, Olive and Coconut Oil will be my seasoning base of choice

7.) Store in freezer for up to a month in an airtight container (no time for defrosting, this makes a cool summer time treat).  Refrigerate no more than 3 days to a week.

Although my midget is familiar with Duck, I still will take the proper precaution in slowly introducing his new treats.  I feel this is especially necessary because I am choosing to season/marinate the meat before dehydrating.

Until I am able to make these yummy treats, Ballou is currently in love with Dehydrated Duck Feet (a perfect chew for his size, check out this DIY Dehydrated Duck Feet Post), Primal Canine Duck Freeze-Dried Formula (a great food topper or full meal), and Lucky Duck Krispies (a wonderful training treat stemming from Polka Dog Bakery).

Dehydrated Duck Feet + Lucky Duck Krispies can both be taste-tested by ordering a MUNCHbox!

What are your thoughts on Duck as a protein?  Have you ever made dehydrated duck treats? If so, what was it like?

Any questions or concerns, just email us: thaMUNCHbox@gmail.com!

– MUNCH love –

Crocodile Bones for Dogs!

An All-Natural, Single Ingredient Dog Treat, Crocodile Bones are Healthy + Great for 5 main reasons:

1.) Chewing/Gnawing action prevents tarter buildup and promote healthy teeth and gums

2.) Natural source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin – lubricate joints and support overall joint health/Mobility

3.) High in Antioxidants – Boosting the Immune System to fight Aging + Cancer CrocBones

4.) A Source of Omega 3 + 6 Fatty Acids – Stimulating a Healthy Skin + Coat

5.) No preservatives, antibiotics or hormones

A bit on the greasy side, Croc Bones are sturdy, yet similar in bone density to duck feet, making them fully and easily digestible.  A fist size, packed with a punch of protein (greater than Chicken), this single ingredient bone is low in fat, making it a great alternative to Pork and/or Beef.

To try an ALL-NATURAL, AUSTRALIAN CROCODILE BONE, Check Out: thaMUNCHbox.com!

A pack can be purchased from Barkworthies.com.

MUNCH Love!

 


Note: As with any bone or unfamiliar protein source, please MONITOR your dog and provide plenty of drinking water.