Almond Butter Snack Balls
by Jennifer Wheeler
These yummy treats will nourish your pup’s skin from the inside out. They are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and important fatty acids. This is a very forgiving treat. Add what you like, take out what you dislike. And the best part? Humans can enjoy them too!
Almond Butter – contains the entire vitamin E family, tocopherols and tocotrienols – all important for healthy skin and hair. Almonds are also a great source of B vitamins and loads of minerals.
Chia Seeds – are a rich source of B vitamins, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and zinc. They are packed with antioxidants too! They contain lots of alphalinolenic acid (ALA), a plant-based form of Omega-3s, which nourish skin from the inside out and combat skin inflammation.
Coconut Flakes – eating raw coconut can reduce inflammatory skin conditions.
Dried Cranberries – packed with vitamins and antioxidants, cranberries have been shown to mitigate allergic reactions on dogs’ skin.
Colloidal Oatmeal – is a fancy name for oats that have been put through the blender and made into a powder. In this treat, the powder helps give the snacks the right consistency. But make some extra, because we are going to use colloidal oats for a special doggy spa treatment: a skin-nourishing, moisturizing oat bath.
Honey – optional, for moisture and sweetness.
About the author
Jennifer is a writer and graduate of NYU School of Law. Jennifer researches and writes original, science-based articles for the NYC Doggies blog, and her writing on other topics can be found in the Huffington Post. Jennifer and Ovidiu have co-authored the upcoming book, WHOLE DOG PARENTING: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO RAISE AND TRAIN AN URBAN PUP
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