Summer is right around the corner. These easy to make, three ingredient paw-sicles are a fun and super nourishing way to cool down your pup!
Here’s what you’ll need to start:
- Silicon Ice Tray (we are using a paw shaped tray for added cuteness!)
- 1 ½ cup Raw Cow Kefir, Goat’s Milk, or Plain Greek Yogurt (if using yogurt try using one with <10g of sugar)
- 1 tsp Fresh Ginger
- 24 Blueberries
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Freezer Time: 4 hours
Serving: 1 paw/cube daily
Makes 12 paw-sicles
Why These Ingredients
1. Raw Cow’s Kefir
For this recipe, the first ingredient I used was Raw Cow’s Kefir which I found at my local pet store, Bentley’s. You’ll want to pour this directly into the paw/cube tray leaving a slight amount of room at the top so as to not overfill or spill once you’re ready to move the tray into the freezer.
Benefits of using Raw Kefir or Raw Goat’s Milk:
If you’ve never heard of it before, kefir is fermented cow’s milk. Raw kefir, along with raw goat’s milk, is incredible for promoting gut health in dogs. Raw kefir and goat’s milk are both full of beneficial bacteria that your dog’s digestive tract needs in order to function optimally, making it a natural probiotic. And hey, even if your dog doesn’t have digestive issues – it’s still a great way to keep their digestive health strong.
2. Fresh, Raw Ginger
For our second ingredient, I used a fresh, raw organic ginger that I found at King Soopers (also can be found at Sprouts or Whole Foods). Depending on how many paw-sicles you decide to make, you’ll probably want to put about 1/8 of a teaspoon per paw/cube. I peeled the ginger with a spoon and diced it, but if you’d prefer to grate it you surely can!
Benefits of using Raw Ginger:
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory power house! Helping to mitigate anything that could be irritating your dog’s skin or vital organs, and aids in the detoxification process. Even if your dog is in good health, ginger is an incredible preventative method. Promoting longevity and long-term wellness. Ginger is also a natural prebiotic, creating a habitat in your dog’s digestive tract that allows healthy bacteria to flourish, and it kills all the “bad bugs” that may be growing in there! Ginger is pretty awesome, huh?
3. Fresh Blueberries
For our final ingredient, we will be using 24 fresh blueberries (if you can get organic, even better!). This will give us two blueberries per paw/cube.
Benefits of using Blueberries:
Blueberries are one of the only fruits our dogs can digest and gain nutrients from. And bonus, they’re packed full of antioxidants that boost the immune system’s function, are a great source of fiber, and are great natural way of aiding the body (specifically the liver) in detoxification.
How to Serve
After you freeze for 2-4 hours, you can simply serve to your pup! Paw-sicles are best serves before or in between meals. You can give simply as a great snack to cool down your pup or right before feeding time as a great way to get their digestive systems ready for their tasty meal! I recommend feeding 1 paw-sicle a day but if your dog is over 80lbs you can surely give 2 per day!