Welcome to the first episode of Benji's Kitchen. In this series, we will be sharing our favourite healthy dog recipes and talking about anything nutrition related.
We start with Benji's favourite pumpkin and turmeric biscuits. He absolutely loves these treats and is on his best behaviour whenever these are in sight.
Pumpkin is considered a superfood for dogs as it is rich in vitamins A, C, and E and minerals like iron and potassium. Vitamin A is essential for eye health, vitamin C helps to boost immune system, and vitamin E promotes healthy heart, muscles, liver, skin and coat. Pumpkin is also an excellent addition to your pup's digestion due to its high fibre content, especially when they suffer from diarrhoea.
Turmeric is a yellow colour spice that has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. So what exactly is turmeric good for?
It can help to maintain pain associated with joint issues and arthritis
It can help to reduce blood clots due to its blood-thinning properties
It can help to break down dietary fats
It can boost the immune system
and let's not forget turmeric is an excellent antioxidant.
2 cups of oat flour
0.5 cup of pumpkin puree
0.25 cup nutritional yeast
2 Meric Extra capsules (or 2 teaspoons of turmeric)
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Prepare a tray with a baking sheet.
2. Mix all ingredients until a dough is formed.
3. If the dough is too sticky, add a bit of flour.
4. Roll the dough to 5mm thick.
5. Cut biscuits with a cookie cutter and place them on a baking sheet.
6. Bake for 10 minutes and turn them over.
7. Continue baking for 5 more minutes.
8. Let them cool completely before giving them to your pup.
These can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to ten days or in the freezer for up to three months.
Like humans, dogs can experience joint health issues as they age, leading to discomfort, reduced mobility, and decreased overall quality of life. Joint problems are common in dogs, especially in larger breeds and those with a genetic predisposition.