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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: The Healthy Edition

We have all read lately that obesity in pets is becoming a epidemic of sorts. Here are a few suggestions for things that you can feed your "Healthy Treat Substitutes"

And it is a real PLUS that they are much cheaper than purchasing costly dog treats!!


Anyone who's ever seen a dog eat grass or greens knows there's a vegetarian side to your pet. Before domestication, when dogs hunted for their living, they ate portions of their prey, which contained a considerable amount of digested vegetable matter. Most animals still want some of this vegetation, but can't digest the tough fibrous components on their own. Try offering your dog some cooked green beans, carrots or peas. Many pets love them, and you can even mix them into their regular diet.

Rice, Popcorn and Pasta

Other favorites for many pets are rice, popcorn and pasta. A bit of a rice cake or some air popped popcorn is a great substitute for a high fat treat. Cooked rice can be added for bulk to a weight control diet. It's a way of giving your pet more food without adding a lot of fat calories. Cooked pasta is also great. Chloe and LadyBug sure do relish a few elbow pieces of macaroni or spaghetti!!

Egg Whites, Cottage Cheese and Yogurt

A cooked egg white is a great protein treat, hard boil a few and keep them on hand. (The yolk has all the fat!) A little dab of cottage cheese or plain yogurt substitutes for licking that ice cream bowl!


Mitch and Molly said...

You have us drooling already! We sure do love our onies(macaroni)! What a great post!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

tubby3pug said...

We love yogurt (or at least four of us do, Weasley is not so sure). Veggies not so much but Norbert loves apples. You are right though home made treat and people foods are usually the best and cheapest. We also love sardines packed in water, very cheap and very tasty and healthy, though a bit stinky.

urban hounds

Hound Girl said...

Great suggestions! Haylie hated the cottage cheese but Loves yogurt I would say popcorn and noodles are a big favorite in our house!

Anonymous said...

Those are some good ideas. I like the egg whites and popcorn. As you know, Finn has to lose two pounds, sheesh, it's almost as hard as humans losing weight!

GOOSE said...

I LOVE popcorn!!

Ron said...

WOW! Fascinating post, Jeanne!

"Rice, Popcorn and Pasta"

Who knew?!?!

Gosh, if I had a dog those three things would be easy because I always have them around. I myself eat all three!

Love the photo of you, hubby and the girlz! How cute!

Have a FAB day!

X to you and the girlz!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We will try green beans for sure
Benny & Lily

Amber DaWeenie said...

My most favorite thing to eat is....lettuce!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Great family shot! Thanks for the ideas. We all love veggies, except for Phantom. Rice cakes - we will have to give those a taste test too.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Remington said...

LOVE the family pic! Beautiful!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! YES YES YES to vegetable ... carrots been my daily treats. Happy Tasty Tuesday. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Bassetmomma said...

Great ideas for low fat treats! Since Freddie has to lose some weight, I'll have to keep these in mind! :)

BeadedTail said...

We like to eat cat grass and popcorn! We didn't know we were healthy! :)

NanaNor's said...

Great suggestions! Hope you girls are having a great day!
Love, Noreen & Hunter

Ann said...

I'm sure that Duke would enjoy and one of those as a snack although he doesn't have a problem with his weight right now

Domestic Sweetheart said...

Great post! I'm a new GFC follower :)

Kolchak Puggle said...

Kolchak love love loves hard boiled eggs! They're one of his favourites.