Boost your dog’s immune system with this simple DIY treats - packed with anti-inflammatory agents, health promoting antioxidants, and essential nutrients.
- 1 cup organic, brewed, cooled Rooibos Tea.
- 1 tbs coconut oil, organic, unrefined, or fresh pureed avocado.
- ½ cup organic fresh, or fresh-frozen blueberries pureed, or use tart red cherries.
- ½ cup finely minced or chopped real raw meat.
- Choose red meat, poultry or wild-caught cold water fatty fish.
- Don’t used highly processed meats – i.e. hot dogs, salami, ham or other highly processed meats.
- If your dog is on a raw food diet don’t cook the meat.
- If your dog has never eaten raw meat, gently cook the meat in a little healthy oil – i.e. organic: coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, or sesame oil.
- 1 tsp of one, or all of the following anti-inflammatory herbs/spices - use organic only...
- 1 tsp Ceylon cinnamon (also known as Real Cinnamon).
- 1 tsp Ginger.
- 1 tsp Turmeric.
- If using turmeric, you can also include a sprinkle of fresh ground organic black pepper.
- 1 tbs Honey
- Use only raw, unpasteurized, 100% pure honey.
- If your dog is under 1 year of age, leave the honey out of the recipe.
- Refer to the links for information on cinnamon, ginger and honey health benefits, cautions, interactions.
- Pour the tea into a mixing bowl.
- Add the pureed berries and minced/finely chopped meat.
- Blend together.
- Pour into ice cube trays.
- Place trays in freezer, allow several hours to freeze.
- Serve as a treat.
- Can be given daily.
- Note - blueberry, tart red cherry and turmeric contain powerful natural dyes – make sure your dog eats his/her treats on a surface you can easily clean – not on carpet!
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