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Sweet Potato Chews
Another great fall root vegetable is the sweet potato. They are a powerhouse of nutrition, bursting with beta carotene (vitamin A), high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber,fat-free and cholesterol-free. In fact, the sweet potato has taken top honors in two surveys of the nutritional benefits of vegetables. When eaten with the skin, it has more fiber than oatmeal. One medium sweet potato, baked with the skin, has about four times the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A and almost half the recommendation for Vitamin C.
These chews are super easy to make.
- Sweet potato
- honey or blackstrap Molasses
1. Wash the sweet potatos and pat dry.
2. Slice as thin as possible. A Mandolin makes this easy.
3. Place in zip-lock bag and add flavor of choice. Mix well in baggie until all the slices are coated and place on dehydrator trays.
4. Dehydrate until the chews have the desired texture and dryness you want. If you don't have a dehydrator just place on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees checking often.
I mixed half the slices with honey and used my dehydrator.
And I mixed the other half with blackstrap molasses and baked in the oven.
Kirby's favorite? Given a choice he went for the blackstrap molasses every time.
There are so many liquid flavors you can try...chicken stock, liquid smoke, even carob molasses. I'm not sure how long these chews will last because we had a foster dog when I made them. Between the two dogs they lasted less than a week. I would suggest keeping them in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Watch for any mold and throw out at the first sign.
September 23rd marked the first day of fall. The days will start getting shorter as the weather starts getting cooler. The summer fruits are disappearing so what's a dog to snack on now? One of the best fall fruits is pumpkin. It's also one of the most popular crops in the United States with 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin produced each year. The stores again boast shelves bulging with cans of pure pumpkin. This is when I stock up.
Pumpkin is packed with large quantities of vitamin A for resistance to infections, improve night vision and keep the body's membranes healthy, potassium for good blood pressure, iron for healthy blood, and roughage to help digestion. Use fresh pumpkin or canned pumpkin, never pumpkin pie mix which has sugar and other harmful ingredients.
With Halloween just around the corner you could buy a fresh pumpkin, scoop out the pulp to cook and the seeds to roast, and carve the remaining shell. Me, I'm lazy. I'm perfectly happy grabbing a can and a can opener. Kirby doesn't mind either way as long as he gets his pumpkin fix.
Kirby has a sweet tooth so I like to use Blackstrap Molasses, a natural sweetener which is rich in B vitamins and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron.
Pumpkin And Molasses
Chelsea decided she wanted some so Kirby patiently waited until she had eaten enough.
I realized these should be served in a bowl or outside as I watched Kirby lick one right off the plate and across the floor.
Fall's produce is bountiful and full of wonderful healthy flavors your dog will love!