I don't know about you, but when it's a hot summer day I feel so bad for the pups. While we can wear tank tops and shorts, our poor pooches can't take off their winter coats!
Ice cubes are a fan favorite of most dogs -- not only do they help cool them down, but they're apparently pretty fun to play with.
But why not step up your game for your hot doggy's sake? Make one of these easy DIY frozen ice treats, and then sit on the porch and enjoy your popsicle while your four-legged friend enjoys his
1. Chicken Pops
Not only are these pops easy to make, but they will keep your pup cool on a hot summer day! Also, what dog doesn't love licking a frozen block of chicken?! (Answer: None. All dogs love this.)
2 Chicken breasts, cooked and chopped (or how ever much you have on hand)
2 cups Water
1 tablespoon dried Parsley
1. Divide your cooked and chopped chicken among the disposable cups, about 1/4 cup of chicken in each.
2. In a small bowl mix the water and dried parsley.
3. Divide the water mixture among the disposable cups, about 1/2 cup in each.
4. Freeze for 8 hours to allow them to fully set.
5. Run warm water around the mold to remove the popsicle.
Note: This recipe makes 4 chicken pops!
2. Cheesy-Burger Pops
If your dog prefers beef over chicken, don't worry! We have a pupsicle recipe for that, too.
2 heaping tablespoons cooked ground beef (Mama crumbled up a leftover burger)
1 heaping teaspoon grated cheese
2 – 3 tablespoons low fat, low sodium chicken broth
1. Scoop 1/2 tsp of ground beef into each section of an ice cube tray.
2. Crumble a piece of two of grated cheese on top.
3. Pour chicken stock over ingredients.
Pro tip: Buy a plastic ice cube tray specifically for this frozen treat, so that your glasses of ice water don't taste like a burger joint forever!
3. Peanut Butter Popsicles
These look so good, I've actually considered eating them myself.
1 cup peanut butter, preferably unsalted and unsweetened
Half a ripe banana, mashed
Water as needed
1. In a small mixing bowl, combine peanut butter with a little water or half a mashed banana. (The water and banana aren't essential, but they help with freezing consistency.)
2. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper, or use Kong-style rubber toys that have a cavity you can fill.
3. Spoon the mixture onto the tray just like you would cookie dough, or stuff it into the toys. Freeze the tray or toys for several hours or overnight.
4. Frosty Paws
Has your dog ever tried one of these tasty frozen dog treats? If not, you don't even have to run out to the store. Just use what's already in your fridge!
32 oz plain yogurt
1/4 cup of blueberries or strawberries
1. Place the banana in a blender or food processor. Add 32 ounces plain yogurt. Scoop 2 tsp. of peanut butter and 1/4 cup of berries. Alternatively, try goat’s milk yogurt for a treat containing much less lactose.
2. Mix ingredients until well blended.
3. Use kids size bathroom paper cups, small plastic containers, ice cube trays or muffin tins to use as molds for the mixture. Pour small amounts into the cups, muffin tins or plastic containers. Aim for a hockey puck shape and thickness to resemble the original Frosty Paws size.
4. Freeze the treats, then put them in a freezer bag for easy storage.
Have fun and stay cool!
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