Recipe: Healthy Pup Cup | Pumpkin & Kefir Puppuccino
Have you ever ordered a 'Puppuccino' from Starbucks for your dog? When treating yourself to a coffee, it certainly seems like a fun idea to order your pet their own frothy drink at the same time. However, what looks like a lovely fun treat for your dog really isn't that good for them. A Starbucks Puppuccino consists of aerated whipped cream in a cup which, whilst acceptable as an occasional luxury, could cause issues for your pet's teeth and gastrointestinal tract in the long run.
With the help of Verm-X fan Rufus, we've put together our own take on the Starbucks Puppuccino. Featuring gut-healthy ingredients for your dog, including kefir, our Verm-X Flea & Tick Powder for Dogs and topped with a Crunchie, this delicious treat is sure to be a hit with your pet.
Benefits of kefir for dogs
Kefir is a fermented dairy drink similar to a thin yogurt that is made from kefir grains and milk from cows, goats, or sheep. Kefir is packed with probiotics, vitamins and beneficial yeast which can help maintain a healthy gut, as well as:
- Promote a healthy skin & coat
- Strengthen the digestive system
- Soothe an upset stomach
Kefir is a great alternative to yoghurt but keep in mind that some dogs are allergic to dairy or be lactose-intolerant. In this case, coconut kefir is a great alternative and can be substituted easily into this recipe.
Organic pumpkin puree
Highly nutritious, full of natural antioxidants and high in vitamins, pumpkin is a great addition to your dog’s diet.
You can add raw pumpkin to your dogs meals as a fibre-rich ingredient, however it’s easier for pets to digest when it has been lightly cooked..
To make our organic pumpkin puree, we cut a Duchy Organic Pumpkin in half and scooped out the seeds (don't throw the seeds away, they can be added to your dog's food as a great fibre-source, or fed to wild birds).
Place the pumpkin halves on a lined baking sheet and cook them in the oven for 40 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.
Once the pumpkin has cooled, spoon out the soft flesh and puree unseasoned using a blender or food processor.
You can make the pumpkin puree in advance and it will keep for about a week in the fridge.
Pumpkin & kefir puppuccino
This recipe will make enough for one large dog, but you can halve it for a smaller breed.
- 35g pumpkin puree
- 2-3 tablespoons of kefir
- 1-2 x heaped scoops of Verm-X Flea & Tick Powder (see on-pack feeding guide for weight guidelines)
- 110g of crushed ice
- Light whipped cream to top
- An Original Crunchie for Dogs as a garnish
Combine the pumpkin puree, kefir and Verm-X Flea & Tick Powder with 110g of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a paper cup, top with a squirt of light whipped cream and add a Crunchie to garnish.
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