Overlooked Reasons to Choose A Homemade Dog Food Recipe Vs Processed Food: Part 1

Introduction

There are many articles that tout the reasons one would choose a homemade dog food recipe over manufactured dog food such as kibble when feeding their pet. Some of the more common reasons include: 1) Increased health, well-being and vitality for your dog; 2) Fewer allergies, illnesses and vet visits (in other words you save a ton of money!) and 3) The questionable quality of many processed dog food ingredients.

However, in this article, I wanted to highlight reasons that are often overlooked in choosing a steady diet of homemade recipes vs. processed food for your pet.

Overlooked Reasons To Go Natural

1. Control

When you make your own recipes, you control every, single ingredient that goes in. For dogs with allergies, remove ingredients from his favorite recipes until you find the culprit. Or better yet, start with just a few basic ingredients.

With processed food, you have to switch foods and it is likely that the heavy grain concentrations or additives in his kibble are causing the allergies in the first place.

Is your dog overweight, does he/she require less protein? Again, you can control every ingredient to match your dog’s nutritional need perfectly.

2. Community

There is such an incredible community that exists on the Internet now for owners who prepare their own dog food recipes.

When you join the ranks, you will be embraced and you will meet some of the most passionate, caring dog lovers who have as their mission your dog’s full and vital health. (This is not something that can be said for your average corporation in charge of profits for selling dog food.)

You needn’t stagger around not knowing what to do, or where to buy the best supplies or how to prepare delicious and healthy recipes. There are plenty of people to help you along the way with advice, books and other recommendations.

You will be among so many friends who will love you and your dog.

3. Creativity

With homemade dog food recipes you are free to experiment with so many varieties of food for your pet. I shudder to think about millions of dogs who live their whole lives eating sub-standard, processed food every single day. (They must truly love us because they hardly complain…)

Feeding our pets has turned into a boring, meaningless routine based mostly on convenience (not necessarily the best nutrition.)

But with only a small amount of effort and really not too much additional time, feeding time can turn into a great adventure for you and your pet. The smile on your dog’s face at feeding time will make your heart burst because he / she knows that a wonderful surprise awaits.

Conclusion

There are several more less common (but important) reasons I can highlight for choosing a homemade dog food recipe over processed food; however those will have to wait for another article.

In the meantime, remember the three C’s (control, community, and creativity) as you being to experiment the joys of feeding fresh homemade recipes to your dog.

Woof, woof!

Whole Foods Recipes: Where To Find Healthy, Great Tasting Recipes

Whole foods recipes can be tricky to master. Often you find yourself trying to cook with ingredients that you are unfamiliar with, which means that there is a chance that your family might not like the dish… the new flavors and textures can be very different from what you are used to eating. But, don’t worry, because there are many whole foods recipes available online that are both healthy and tasty!

The first thing you need to think about is the nutrition of the food that you are preparing. Many people understand that they need to eat more healthy foods, but they are unsure of the reason why. Healthy foods in their natural form are great sources of fiber, vitamins and minerals.

You can increase your overall health by eating foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, beans and legumes, and healthy fats. These foods contain nutrient-dense calories, which means that they will provide your body with a high amount of nutrition when you eat them in their natural form.

When you are looking for whole foods recipes, it is best to find recipes that contain unprocessed ingredients. There are many great recipes including baked goods (using whole wheat flour), bean dishes, vegetable dishes and fruit based desserts. When you are transitioning to a healthier eating plan, you will be surprised to see how many options are available.

There are 2 options to find the best healthy recipes available: through cookbooks or online. There are many cookbooks that contain lots of great recipes, you can buy them online or at the local bookstore. Or, if you want to sample recipes, try doing a Google search or looking at popular recipe websites.

If I am trying to find a specific recipe for ingredients that I have on hand, I will often enter in a search term related to the item that I would like to prepare. For example, I search for the term “asparagus recipes” or “wild rice and vegetable recipes.” When you enter in search terms similar to these, you will find lots of results that come up in the search engines.

Be sure to print out the new recipe that you are trying, and make notes about what you did/didn’t like. Over time you will find that you have a large collection full of new dishes that you love!

The Joy of Cooking Food Recipes

Food recipes have long sense evolved from the grandma’s cookbooks, or the rolodex of favorite recipes. We now live in the information world where you can download the latest copy of a recipe for that favorite restaurant of yours. The joy of cooking is to create delicious food. Remember that picture of you cooking with your grandma or mom in the kitchen with the old rolodex. Well, that is the real joy of cooking. The joy of cooking can be for family involvement, nutrition, creativity, making memories, or just saving some extra money.

The joy of cooking should involve the family, to make memories at home. Whether you’re cooking for the holiday or just cooking weekly dinner, food often times creates memorable times you will never forget. Involving the whole family to create something delicious can be fun for everyone. Food recipes involving the messier ingredients typically find themselves to be more fun to cook and create. They also give you the opportunity to be creative and put love or personality into it. Decorating your food can be a real treat by adding personal flair to your project.

By cooking your own meal, you can often cut out unhealthier ingredients used at large restaurants. The goal at large restaurants is to mass produce while still enhancing flavor. This is typically done through the use of added salt, or butter for flavor. Sodium content at a restaurant is three to four times higher than if you made the exact same recipe yourself. Also, you won’t be using preservatives or fillers in your recipe. Look to add wholesome ingredients and not buying cheap cut down ingredients such as butter. Butter can be one of those ingredients made cheaper through a hydrogenated oil and salt added process.

Cooking your own food recipes is also cheaper. By buying your own ingredients you cut out the cost for the cooks to cook you the recipes, and the tip you have to leave your waiter/waitress. This can be very cost effective if you’re a preparing a large meal for your family. The average cost of dining out with a family of four can fair 40% higher at restaurant, than if you were to prepare the food at home. If you opt to create food recipes using on sale items at the nearest grocery store, this can cut your food bill down further. Knowing you saved yourself some hard earned cash can add to the joy of cooking.

Finley, cooking your own recipes is a great way to create family memories. Often times we forget that we sometimes need good food and good conversation. Your four year old niece, nephew, grandson, or granddaughter, will love creating magical food recipes. These can be some of their fonder memories as they grow older. Take the time to create the opportunities to show your kids how to cook. They will be very glad you did as they grow. Teaching them safe, healthy and appetizing recipes will make them comfortable in the kitchen and less likely to cause harm or injury to themselves or others. Take the time to prepare some delicious food recipes the whole family can enjoy.