Owning a pet comes with a share of responsibilities. But there’s no denying the contentment you attain when you see this unquestionable part of your family healthy and happy. Perfect grooming, enough exercise, and timely vet visits are a few ways to ensure your pet’s well-being. But, providing a nutritious diet to your furry friends makes them function at their best. Research says that functional foods can lessen gastrointestinal problems, improve brain functioning, and mitigate the risk of developing specific pathological issues.
Although there are hundreds of commercially available foods, home-cooked meals are economical and healthy. Sometimes health-related issues make pet-owners need to cook. Therefore, to ensure your pet is getting all the nutrients and avoiding any harmful additives, preparing food for them at home is the only alternative. Luckily your homemade recipes require almost no expertise. Here are five recipes that are equally delicious, nutritious, and hassle-free to prepare for your companions.
If you want your four-legged companion to have a vegan diet, nothing is more nutrient-dense than soy. Full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, it can fulfill your pet’s nutrition requirement. Just ensure to get quality soy products from reputed sources like the U.S. Soybean Export Council.
2 cups of brown rice
1 cup soaked kidney beans
1 cup peas
1 cup diced carrots
1 cup diced pumpkin
1 1/2 cups soaked and drained soy nuggets
Add all the ingredients to a pressure cooker.
Cook slowly for 2 hours.
Cool and serve.
2. Peanut Butter Cookie
When taken in moderation, peanut butter is a good source of proteins, monounsaturated fats, vitamin B, E, and niacin. Just remember that the butter doesn’t contain high sodium and artificial sweeteners. For a healthful version of peanut butter, prepare it at home and refrigerate for future use.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup natural peanut butter
2 tbsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Add some water to make a firm dough.
Roll out the dough and cut fun shapes with a cookie-cutter.
Set the oven to 350F for pre-heating for 15 minutes.
Place the cookies to bake till golden brown.
You can store these cookies for almost two weeks in an air-tight container.
Cooked chicken is a vital substitute for your pet’s regular meal. These are the rich Omega-6 fatty acids required for healthy skin and coat. Essential amino acids and glucosamine in chicken also keeps your pet’s bones healthy.
2 cups of brown rice
A whole chicken
2 sweet potatoes
1 cup fresh or frozen peas
A small bunch of kale
A small bunch of fresh parsley leaves
Take the chicken and grill it in the microwave till tender.
In a pot, cook the brown rice.
Chop the vegetables and boil them, adding peas.
In a blender, put rice, vegetables, and cooked chicken cut into pieces,
Add kale and parsley.
Blend them till all the ingredients mix properly.
Scoop the desired portion in a size of a ball for serving.
4. Scrambled Eggs And Veggies
Adding eggs to homemade pet food makes it an essential dietary supplement. These are the cheap, safe, and complete nutritious meal you choose for your pets.
1 cup of thinly sliced salmon cooked
1 cup of finely sliced vegetables of your choice (carrots, broccoli, spinach, bell peppers)
Heat a frying pan with some oil and add the vegetables.
Fry the vegetables till soft and add salmon.
Stir for a minute and crack the eggs over them.
Fry the eggs till they become a scramble.
Oatmeal is rich in proteins, vitamin A, vitamin B-6 calcium, iron, and magnesium. Containing lots of fiber, these are a significant choice for a well-balanced diet. Oats are a versatile food. You can also add your choice of ingredients to make it delicious and more nutritious for your pet.
2 cups ground chicken
1 cup chopped carrots
½ cup peas
1 cup oats
Two boiled eggs cut into small pieces
Start with preheating the oven to 350F for 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, take chicken, carrots, peas, and boiled eggs.
Take the raw eggs and crack and pour them into the bowl.
Add oats and mix all ingredients well.
Grease a baking tray and bake the mixture for 20-30 minutes.
Cool the recipe before serving it to your pets.
Good nutrition is vital for pets to remain active and cheerful. But there are no set guidelines, how much and how often you feed them. Nutritional requirements can vary with the age, size, health conditions, and breed of your pet. You should always consult your vet before introducing any new diet plan and delivering the right quantity. Your pet is one of the best companions you have. His health and happiness depend on how efficiently you take care of his needs. Treating him with delicious food and showering loads of love can only let your bond grow strong.