– The Ultimate Superfood Porridge –
This dog-friendly gummi bears porridge is jam-packed with protein, fibre, antioxidants and various vitamins and minerals that you and your dog will love. Not only it’s nutritious, it also tastes delicious! – as tested by Bowie.
What’s in the porridge?
This pseudo-cereal is gluten free and high in protein, insoluble fibre, manganese, phosphorus, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, zinc and antioxidants. Quinoa is one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. It also contains flavonoids, in particular quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory and often used with allergic dogs. Quinoa has low GI which makes a good addition for hungry dogs. Serve quinoa cooked. You can also soak quinoa before cooking to reduce the phytic acid, a natural substance that can interfere with the absorption of some minerals. Quinoa is high in oxalates and not suitable for dogs prone to kidney stones.
Oats are an excellent wheat substitute for dogs allergic to gluten. Oats contain biotin which helps keep your dog’s fur shiny and healthy, and linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid that promotes strong and healthy skin. Oats are also a great source of soluble fibre which can help regulate cholesterol and bowel movements. Cook oats for better digestion.
Chia seeds have three times the amount of omega-3 fatty acids as salmon! Omega-3 is important to balance out Omega-6 fatty acids and promote healthy cells, immune system, skin and coats, joints, growth and brain development. Chia seeds contain more calcium than whole milk, more iron than raw spinach and more magnesium than broccoli. Chia seeds are also non-allergenic and an excellent source of fibre, phosphorus, potassium, copper, iron, zinc and anti-inflammatory.
Hemp seeds are a high-protein, easily digestible source of immune-system support. Full of healthy fats and have the perfect ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds help reduce joint inflammation and promote heart, skin and coat health.
Bananas are rich in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals help maintain healthy blood pressure, strengthen the muscles, increase bone strength, boost immune system and improve brain function and digestive health. Bananas are also high in sugar, so give them in moderation as an occasional treat for your dog.
Honey is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and has anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties that can help reduce inflammation, soothe stomach ulcers and sore throats, and cure allergies.
Gummi Bears (Gelatin)
Our recipe uses Laila and Me‘s DIY gummi bear mix for dogs made from 100% Australian beef gelatin. Gelatin contains collagen which is one of the most abundant proteins in your dog’s body and it makes up a large part of their bones, skin, hair and nails. Gelatin is great for bone and joint health, aids digestion and improves fat metabolism.
– Bowie’s Gummi Bears Porridge Recipe –
You can have this as a treat or an addition to your dog’s meal
Adjust portion according to your dog’s dietary needs
1/2 cup Gluten-Free Rolled Oats
2 tablespoons Quinoa
1 1/2 cups Milk (or Goat’s Milk)
3/4 cup Water
1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds
1 tablespoon Honey
You can substitute Milk with Water if you prefer
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1. In a medium sized saucepan, add oats, quinoa, milk and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce to low heat, cover and simmer for about 7–10 minutes. Stir frequently.
2. Check if the quinoa is cooked and the porridge has thickened. Remove the porridge from the heat and stir in the honey, chia seeds and hemp seeds. Let it stand and covered for a couple minutes or so.
3. Pour into bowls and top with sliced banana and gummi bears.
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