As the internet has taught us, there’s a holiday for just about everything. And as it turns out – fruit is no exception, as May is national strawberry month. National Strawberry month is when we celebrate the pure love of strawberries and take notice of all the value this delicious fruit has to offer. Did you know – one cup of strawberries constitutes approximately 45 calories and is an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids A favored fruit of many, strawberries are both fun to eat and an excellent way to enjoy a healthy dose of sugar. This week, we thought it would be fun to talk about why – and how! – you should feed your dog strawberries. Strawberries are a healthy treat for both dogs and humans alike. You know that summer is almost here when a bounty of strawberries starts to makes its way into local grocery store, or if you’re lucky, your own garden! These sweet berries pack a tasty and healthy punch for humans and dogs alike. And that’s why they’re the star of this amazing Strawberry Sensation Dog Treat Recipe. Check it out below!
- 1/2 cup strawberries diced
- 1 banana
- 1 1/4 cup Whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup whole grain rolled oats
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- Put banana and strawberries in a blender. Mix until smooth. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, add flour, oat flour, whole grain rolled oats, and The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form. Mix until combined.
- Add strawberry and banana mixture, and almond milk to the dry mixture. Stir until dough is moist but firm, knead with hands if necessary.
- On a parchment paper lined surface, roll out dough to ¼ thickness. Cut with cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
- Place cookies in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove cookies from oven and place on cooling rack overnight.
- Store cookies in airtight container or bag and keep in refrigerator or freezer.
Summer (and any warmer times) can be tough on dogs, and making them a delicious frozen treat is an excellent way to ensure they get their needed dosage of H2O and stay hydrated. Why not try one out that includes strawberries?
- Fresh Strawberries
- Peanut butter
- ¼ Cup Water
- Ice Cube Trays
- Cut off strawberry tops.
- Add strawberries and water to the blender.
- Blend together until smooth.
- Pour into ice cube trays.
- Add a dollop of Peanut butter to the tops
- Freeze and serve.
Strawberries are an excellent way to indulge canine sweet tooths without the dangers of chocolate or processed sugar overload. Fresh fruit offers a natural sweetness to dog treats, along with all the benefits of fresh fruit- strawberries for their phytonutrients and antioxidant properties, while bananas offer potassium and amino acids. You can feel really good about slipping your beloved pet these treats knowing they are made with wholesome ingredients and no additives, food dye, or preservatives.
- ½ cup diced strawberries
- 1 banana
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ¼ cup oatmeal
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- Mash bananas and strawberries.
- Add in flour,oatmeal, and yogurt. Stir until well combined.
- Turn dough out onto well floured counter, dough will be sticky.
- Flatten to 1/4” with your floured hands or rolling pin.
- Cut shapes with cookie cutters or use a small cup for circles.
- Place on lightly greased cookie sheets
- Bake in oven preheated to 350° F for 15-17 minutes until golden and still slightly soft.
- Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Strawberry fun facts:
- Strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring.
- Strawberries are the only fruit with the seeds on the outside.
- Strawberries are actually a member of the rose family.
- Strawberries are low fat, low calorie; high in vitamin C, fiber, folic acid and potassium.
- In medieval times, strawberries were served at important functions to bring peace & prosperity.
- Americans eat approximately 3.4 pounds of fresh strawberries each year.
- Ninety-four percent of U.S. households consume strawberries.
- Strawberries, as part of a five-servings-a-day fruit and vegetable program, can help reduce the risk of cancer and heart attacks.
- Unlike some other fruits, strawberries don’t continue to ripen after being picked.
- California produces some 80% of the strawberries in the U.S.
So, dog lovers, what fun ways are you looking forward to celebrating national strawberry month with? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below, along with any dog-friendly recipes you’ve got that involve the celebrated fruit!