DIY Eat - Pops for Pups
Your dog is going to love these! Whip up these frozen treats in mere minutes. It doesn’t get any easier.
Cheese Please - Mix together equal parts cottage cheese, a bit of water, and—if you’re going the savoury route, some peanut butter or leftover chicken, beef or fish. Feeling sweet? Blend in some blueberries, strawberries or watermelon.
Super Frozen Smoothies - Get out the blender and blend together . cup plain, natural yogurt, 1 ripe banana, 2 cups of your choice of unsweetened juice (orange juice, apple or pineapple), and a handful of blueberries. Also try: peach, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry or watermelon. This is a great one to share with your dog! Pour into molds or containers and freeze, or enjoy as a drink—it’s delicious either way. (You can add a bit of honey or agave to your portion if you like it sweeter.)
Pumpkin Pops - Blend some canned, unsweetened pumpkin with plain, low fat yogurt and a bit of water, then freeze for a cool, low calorie dog treat.
Cheeseburger Pops - Have some leftover cooked hamburger patties and cheese from your last cookout? Crumble up the burger and cheese, mix it with water or broth (low or no salt!), pour it into the container of your choice, and pop it in the freezer!
Chicken Soup on Ice - Had barbecued chicken for dinner? Don’t chuck the carcass! Throw it in a large pot, cover with water, and let it simmer for an hour and a half. Cool, then pick the meat off, discarding the bone but keeping the cartilage, meat, and broth. Left over cooked carrots and/or peas? Mash them up and mix them in! Pour the chicken broth into your popsicle mold (save whatever’s leftover as a tasty addition to your dog’s next few meals) and freeze. Or go the quick and easy route: freeze some store-bought broth. Just make sure it’s low salt and contains no onion.
Peanut Butter Pops - Simply mix together peanut butter, mashed up banana (the perfect use for the too-ripe bananas sitting on your countertop) and water, then freeze.
TIP: You can make pupsicles in an array of containers. For bigger dogs, use a popsicle mold or little Tupperware containers. For little dogs, an ice cube tray is perfect for making small-sized treats. Want to make your dog work for it? Pour your popsicle ingredients of choice into a stuffable toy like a Kong, plug the end with peanut butter, and freeze for a hot weather treat your pup can play with! All these treats are best given outdoors to avoid a mess.