Growing Up With Chewy : Nutro Limited Ingredient Diet Grain-Free Wet Dog Food

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Welcome back!

Today is the Easter edition of Growing Up With Chewy!

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Our puppies clearly had a great Easter this year! A basket with some Nutro dog food and hard boiled eggs, doesn’t get much better for these guys.

We also had an egg hunt for them! We peeled their hard boiled eggs and hid them in the backyard for them to find.

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Saoirse is clearly an egg hunting machine, she found both of them within a few minutes. Jefferson waited for her to find them so he could eat them.

In their basket (and for our review this months) we have the Nutro Limited Ingredient Wet Dog Food *(lamb & potato flavor).

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As you can tell, Saoirse is really excited about their basket!

Now, into the food.

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This retails on Chewy.com for $26 for a case of 12 in a 12.5 oz size. This price is very comparable to other brands in this category of grain free wet good.

The key benefits are as follows (copied from Chewy.com)

  • Number-one ingredient is great-tasting, real pasture fed lamb which delivers amino acids to build muscle and maintain a healthy metabolism. Give your dog all that she needs to thrive and stay healthy.
  • This product is made without grains, corn gluten meal, wheat or soy protein. Because of this there is a less chance of aggravating food sensitivities and allergies.
  • Formulated with optimal levels of omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid) and zinc to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. Help keep your pet keep looking great and robust.
  • Made with absolutely no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. This is a high quality product that is produced in the manufacturer’s own facilities to ensure safety and quality.
  • Nutro’s dedicated team of experts tailor their formulas to your pet’s life stage and health condition. They only use natural ingredients that they directly buy and can trace back to their suppliers. 

Right off the bat, this hits every one of my requests. We only purchase grain free food with real ingredients, and no artificial colors or flavors.

The ingredients (copied from Chewy.com)

nutro.png There’s nothing in these ingredients that make me raise an eyebrow or anything that concerns me, so I really like that aspect of this food.

As for the puppies, they really love this! When we give them wet food, it’s typically the Taste Of The Wild brand, but I think they like this more.

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I’ve noticed their coats being very shiny, and they get VERY excited every time we crack one of these cans open.

There are feeding instructions on the back of the cans, but for our dogs, we typically just put a heaping spoonful on top of their dry food. Jefferson is around 85 lbs, and Saoirse at around 70, so it would take several cans to feed them this exclusively. If you have a smaller dog (or a larger budget), this could absolutely be their only food.

To wrap up my thoughts, I’m very impressed by the quality, and I think the price point is more than fair for the quality of the ingredients. Our puppies really love this, and I think yours will too!

Thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to me for review, and thank you for reading today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you have, please be sure to come back next month for a new Growing Up With Chewy post!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me via Chewy.com for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

 

The Monthly Meow : Orijen Wild Boar Cat Treats

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Welcome back to the next installment of the Monthly Meow!

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This is the series where we review a kitty-friendly product with my favorite alien-faced furball, Daechir!

This month we had the opportunity to try the Orijen Wild Boar Freeze Dried Treats.*

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This product is made from pure and natural wild boar raised free-range in Alberta, Canada, and retails for $7 on Chewy.com for 1.25oz (approx. 100 treats)

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Orijen makes these treats in their own freeze dry kitchens without cooking or the use of preservatives so all nutrients are fully retained! As you can see, there are only 2 ingredients, boneless wild boar and boar liver, which I really appreciate.

If you’ve been here for any length of time, you’ll know that I typically go for food and treats that are very natural for Daechir, which can be incredibly difficult because she’s VERY VERY picky.

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However, I’m really happy to share with you that she really enjoys these treats! Something about these are very enticing to her, so if you have a picky cat too, I think these could definitely be a winner for you too.

To wrap up my thoughts, Daechir loves these, and I love the quality and price of them. This is a total hit, and I’m very interested to try more from Orijen!

Big thank you to Chewy.com for sending us this product to try out, and thank you for reading it! If you enjoyed this, come back next month for another installment of The Monthly Meow.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to me via Chewy.com for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Easy, Wearable Ways To Add A Spring ‘Pop Of Color’ To Your Look!

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Welcome back!

Today I’ll be sharing with you my favorite ways to add a pop of color to jazz up any neutral spring or summer looks! With each of these examples, I’m not showing them in conjunction with a full eyeshadow look, just by themselves, so keep that in mind.

#1  – Bright Lips 

For me, spring is all about bright colors. An easy and wearable way to incorporate a bright color into your look is on your lips. Obviously, the wearable factor will depend on what you deem as wearable and what colors you choose. I chose Maybelline’s Color Blur in “Orange Ya Glad” (Totally wearable to me, I’ve worn this to church), and Nyx Liquid Suede* in “Pink Lust” (Definitely a shockingly bright color on me).bright lips collage.jpg If you want more recommendations for spring/summer lip products, check out my post here!

#2 – Waterline 

A great way to add a color to an otherwise neutral eye look is by using a colored liner in your waterline. This is much more of a subtle way to use color, so if bright lips aren’t your thing, this is for you.

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I love pairing this technique with very subtle eye looks, because it really makes it much more interesting. Using blue in the waterline makes the whites of your eyes appear whiter, but any color looks awesome used this way. For this, I used the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in “Tu-Tu Turquoise“*.

#3 – Statement Inner Corner 

This is one of my favorite ways to jazz up a neutral eye look. Any color imaginable looks great used this way, but I typically go for either highly shimmery foiled shadows or matte neon shades, it’s totally up to you what you add here. This is one of the more bold choices in this list, but definitely a favorite of mine.

inner corner 1              (Coastal Scents Hot Pot in “Persian Green”*) 

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#4 – Colored Winged Liner 

This is by far the most subtle out of all of these options. Either use a colored liquid liner, or a cream eyeshadow and top it with a coordinating shadow and you’re good to go!

wingedliner2.jpg (Purple cream shadow topped with Coastal Scents Hot Pot in ‘Amethyst‘*) 

colored liner 1 (Model Launcher Felt Tip in “Emerald Isle”.) 

 

And that’ll be it for today’s post! I hope you’ve enjoyed this, and learned some fun ways to incorporate color into your looks!

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. All products purchased myself.

Anti – Haul: Products I WON’T Be Buying – Palettes & Eyeshadows

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time here, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Today’s post will be a bit different from the usual content, I’ll be talking about products I WON’T be buying. As far as I know, the ‘anti-haul’ idea was started by Kimberly Clarke on YouTube, but I’ve seen many other people doing it lately and decided to do one myself!

Basically, I’ll be talking about products I won’t be buying and why I won’t be buying them. So, let’s get into it!

1. Too Faced Peanut Butter & Honey Palette.

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(Photo belongs to Ulta.com)

This palette is the continuation of their Peanut Butter & Jelly palette, but after hearing tons of negative reviews on this guy, I’m really not interested in purchasing it. The three highlight shades on the left look exactly the same, and the only unique color is ‘Honey Buns’, which I’m willing to bet I could get in a single shadow from someone else.  For $36, I expected more. Ultimately, this missed the mark for a lot of people and because of that, I won’t be buying it.

2. Colourpop Pressed Eyeshadows

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(Photo belongs to Colourpop.com) 

Colourpop recently released a ton of new pressed eyeshadows, which is different from their Super Shock formula, which is kind of a moussey cream formula. The reason I don’t plan on purchasing this is because  Colourpop kind of stresses me out with their constant releases. I feel like they never give you any time to blink before releasing new collections or collaborations or products. By the time I would order any of these, 15 new ones would pop up and I’m just not into that. I really wish Colourpop would just slow down a little with that. These are $5, but for the amount of product you’re getting it really isn’t nearly as affordable as it seems to be. I would much rather purchase Coastal Scents Hot Pots for $1.95, or $0.99 when they’re on sale.

3. Morphe Brushes 35R Palette

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(Photo belongs to Morphe Brushes) 

First things first, Morphe is a very polarizing brand. A lot of people aren’t particularly fond of their cosmetics, and I am one of those people. The palette I have is decent and has nice shade selection, but isn’t anything special and certainly isn’t worth the $23 they sell them for. The shadow quality is sup par, and in the instance of this particular palette, the shade selection bores me. The market is so saturated with neutral shadows. With that being said, if you’re a beginner, these are great shades to start out with. I personally prefer the formula of Coastal Scents Hot Pots and a palette of 35 would come out to about $35 when they’re on sale for $0.99. Little more expensive, but the quality is significantly better.

4. Too Faced Natural Love Palette

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(Photo belongs to Ulta.com)

This retails for $59, and contains 30 ‘natural’ tones. Several of the shadows in this palette are either already in existing Too Faced palettes or from discontinued/LE palettes, but there are original shades as well. I’ve heard that the quality of this palette is good, but it just really bores me. When I look at this palette, I don’t have any particular shades jumping out at me or screaming my name. For me to spend $60 on a palette it needs to be something special, and this isn’t it, so this is definitely not something I’ll buy.

5. Tarte ‘Make Believe In Yourself’ Eye & Cheek Palette

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This is limited edition,  has 10 eyeshadows and one face highlight and is going for $40. One thing I will say is that I’m happy to see something slightly more unique coming from a brand, but I still think these shades are easily dupable. When I purchase a palette I really want it to be cohesive, something that has everything I need, and this isn’t that for me. I’ve seen good reviews about this, but it just really isn’t for me.

 

And that’s it for today’s anti-haul! What new releases are you NOT buying?

Thank you for reading today’s post! If you’ve enjoyed it, please take a moment to subscribe to receive email notifications of future posts like this.

-Samantha

 

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The Monthly Meow : Taste Of The Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Cat Food

Welcome back!

Today’s post is a personal monthly favorite of mine, The Monthly Meow, where we review a feline product sent to us by Chewy.com!

Before we get into things, let’s take a peek at today’s talent.

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You can see her here in her natural habitat, curled up in a pile of blankets. Something tells me she wasn’t appreciating the impromptu photo shoot.

This month we had the opportunity to try out the Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Canned Food.

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This is available in two options; 3 oz cans in a case of 24 ($17), and 5 oz cans in a case of 24 ($31) on Chewy.com

The key benefits of this food are as follows;

  • Grain-free diet with real salmon, chicken liver and roasted venison
  • Supplemented with vegetables and fruits, this formula delivers antioxidants to help give your furry friend a healthy lifestyle
  • A great-tasting complement to the Rocky Mountain Feline dry formula, or a stand-alone diet for your special cat
  • Perfect combination of animal proteins will provide your cat with ideal protein nutrition for a lean body and optimal amino acid nutrition
  • Lowers carbohydrate intake and increases water intake, both important features in feline nutrition

I’m relatively familiar with Taste Of The Wild, as it’s what we were feeding the puppies before we decided to make the switch to American Journey. The brand is typically known for having very high quality grain free food.

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As you can see, there’s a really interesting array of ingredients. However, the highest concentration of ingredients are all meat and meat products which I greatly appreciate.

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This food isn’t a solid pate as you may think, but actual chunks of meat suspended in a thick broth.

As for the price, this is on par with other foods of this quality.

If you’ve been here for any length of time you’d know Daechir has become exceptionally picky when it comes to food, and I think I figured out why. After doing a little research a lot of people have noticed their cats having addictive responses to Friskies, so as a result of that, Daechir wasn’t super interested in this which I found strange, since something like this is usually right up her alley. Because of that, I take no points away from this food for that and I will be working to wean Daechir off of Friskies. If anyone has any helpful tips on doing so, please let me know!

Check back to my blog in a few weeks, because I’m going to have a kitty guest star try this out and give you his thoughts on this food, along with other things Daechir hasn’t particularly enjoyed in the past.

When it comes to quality and price, this food gets a HUGE thumbs up from me! I’m really a fan of the Taste of the Wild brand. If you have been looking for a good grain free food for your furry friend, this definitely has my seal of approval!

That’ll do it for today’s post, thank you for reading and thank you to Chewy.com for sending this to us!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for honest review. No affiliate links used.

Growing Up With Chewy: Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks

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Welcome back!

Today will be another installment of Growing Up With Chewy, where we check in on how Saoirse and Jefferson are growing and talk about a product specifically for our canine friends.

First things first, let’s take a look at the puppies.

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They’re officially 9 months old now, and Jefferson is weighing in at 80 lbs, while Saoirse has remained a pretty steady weight for some time now. I don’t think Saoirse is really going to get much larger, but that’s okay. Jefferson certainly makes up for what she may lack in size.

 

As for our product this month, we’ll be talking about the Hill’s Science Diet Jerky Snacks*.

Jerky snacks These retail for $3.99 for a 7.1 oz bag on Chewy.com.  

The key benefits are listed as:

  • Real beef is the #1 ingredient, all natural formula
  • Naturally preserved with no corn, artificial colors or flavors
  • Helps build and maintain lean muscle
  • Delicious, natural treats made from only the best ingredients
  • Great taste & great nutrition in perfect harmony  

Right away, this treat appeals to me from an owner’s standpoint on two levels. All natural ingredients, and only $3.99 for a 7 oz bag. Seriously affordable for a quality treat.

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These are a really convenient treat size, especially if you want to take a few with you on a walk or something like that, very portable.

As for the puppies’ thoughts, they really enjoyed these. Possibly more so than other treats we’ve tried recently.

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This was Saoirse’s face when I was photographing the treats, and yes, there was drool involved.

Overall, these are a total hit. Highly affordable price point, great ingredients, and the dogs really enjoyed them. If you have picky snackers, these seem to be very appetizing so they could definitely work for them.

And that’s it for today’s post. Keeping it short and sweet. I hope you’ve enjoyed watching the puppies grow up with us, and thank you to Chewy.com for the opportunity!

-Samantha

 

*Post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent via Chewy.com for an honest review.

American Journey Puppy Food: New Chewy.com Exclusive Brand – Final Thoughts

Welcome back!

Today is the final part of my little miniseries about the new Chewy.com exclusive brand, American Journey.  If you missed parts one and two, they’ll be linked HERE and HERE.

To catch you up to speed, the puppies and I had the awesome opportunity to try this new food, and the puppies really loved it!

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I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet, but to sum it all up, we are totally over the moon about this food! Once we ran out of the bag we were sent, the puppies really had less of an interest in the food they had previously been eating. Even now, they’re not even remotely as excited come meal time as they were when they were eating this.

In my follow up post I noted that the puppies’ coats had become incredibly shiny, and after the American Journey food had run out, their shininess has actually diminished since not eating it.

The price point for this food is on par with what we typically purchase for them, and we’ve decided to start purchasing the American Journey food instead. The puppies loved it, we loved the ingredients, and we saw positive changes in them after eating it. It hits all of our parameters for what we want out of their food, and it’s by far the best food we’ve tried for them!

All in all, this is a fantastic food and I really highly recommend it to any and everyone!

 

Thank you to Chewy.com and American Journey for giving us a chance to try this awesome food out, and thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this!

-Samantha

 

*This post is NOT sponsored. Product was sent to us via Chewy.com for honest review.

American Journey Puppy Food : New Chewy.com Exclusive Brand – Follow Up

Welcome back to Makeup In Montana!

If you missed my first impression and explanation of this new product and the miniseries I’m going on it, please check it out here! 

Today, we’ll be doing a quick follow up on the new Chewy.com exclusive brand, American Journey. If you’ve read my first impression, you’ll know that Jefferson and Saoirse both really enjoyed this food. Enjoyed is probably an understatement, they absolutely adored it!

smiley pupper Few things in life are better than a puppy smile!

The puppies have steadily eaten this food for about a week, and there have been some definite differences to note.

First and foremost, they’re always really excited to eat this food, and they have yet to become complacent about it. Every time the food hits the bowl there are two very happy, smiling puppies around.

They’ve both seemed very energetic, and this food has 2% more crude protein than their food they usually eat, so I’m guessing that the extra protein boost has been giving them a little more energy to work with.  As for digestive changes, nothing to report there.

The biggest change I’ve seen since the puppies have started eating this food is their coats. Both Jefferson and Saoirse have relatively coarse fur with a bit of wave to them. This food has made their coats so incredibly smooth and shiny! I can barely believe how much a difference has been made in a week.

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If you compare past photos of the dogs in previous posts, you would notice that they weren’t nearly as shiny as this! Even in the photo I posted above, you can see that was taken in the house with no direct sunlight and no flash and they’re still so shiny!

So far, we’re incredibly happy with this food and can’t  wait to share my final thoughts with you soon!

Thank you to Chewy.com and American Journey for this opportunity!

-Samantha

 

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Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – Worth The Hype?

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Welcome back!

Today is another ‘Worth The Hype’ post, where I talk about a product that has gotten a lot of consumer and media attention and tell you if I really think it’s worth the attention it’s getting.

Today we’ll be talking about the infamous Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder*.

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If you’re new to the beauty community or you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, this powder is used by some of the most prominent beauty influencers and is raved about for being mattifying and setting makeup, as well as being great for use with the baking method.

This is available in two color options (Translucent, Translucent Medium Deep) and retails for a whopping $38. My favorite powder is the Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing P0wder, and that’s a $2 powder, so this really has to amaze me in order to actually be considered worth it’s hype and price tag.

For starters, I have very dry skin. I know what you’re saying, “If you have dry skin, why would you review a powder that claims to be mattifying?”. Great question. My answer to it is because I’ve heard people of all skin types raving about this powder, even saying that it works for dry skin. So I’m here to tell you if I find that to be true or not.

As for the packaging, you’re getting 1 oz of product and it comes in your typical sifter jar style packaging. It’s decently convenient and keeps product from getting all over the place. I generally shake some of the powder into the lid of the jar and use from there.

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There is a velour puff available for purchase for $15 that is intended to go with the powder, but I’m really not a fan of it. It packs on way too much product and just makes my skin look very heavy and aged.

A pro to this powder is that it is incredibly finely milled and leaves a very silky feeling on the face. However, I’m gonna say it isn’t worth the hype, at least for my skin type. Every time I apply this as recommended or even lightly with a large powder brush, my skin ends up looking dry and cakey and emphasizing fine lines I never even knew were there to begin with.

I also tried to bake with this (If you’re not familiar, it’s a method of powdering where you heavily pack the powder onto the desired area and leave it to ‘bake’ for 5 or 10 minutes, then brush the excess powder off. The point of this method is to stop creasing and lock your makeup in all day.) and it really looked terrible.

Ultimately I can get use out of this if I use a very small amount, but using it like that really doesn’t make it worth the nearly $40 it goes for, for me.

To sum it all up, if your skin is very oily maybe this will be a good powder for you. But if you’re as dry as I am, I’d steer clear of this.

And on that rather negative note, we end today’s post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and be sure to subscribe to receive email notifications of future ‘Worth The  Hype’ posts.

As always,

thanks for stopping by!

-Samantha

*This post is not sponsored. I was sent this product for free via Influenster  for review purposes.

 

 

Natural Dog Treats – St. Patrick’s Day Inspired!

Welcome back, or if it’s your first time, welcome to Makeup In Montana!

Taking a detour from our regularly scheduled programming to share a fun St. Patty’s Day recipe for your pups! This is an all natural, organic recipe, so it’s perfect for every doggy (unless they have specific dietary restrictions). Only takes a few ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, so let’s get started! I originally found this recipe on wholefoodsmarket.com, but did add a few extras.

For ingredients, you’ll need 1 cup of oat flour. I didn’t have any so I put oats in a food processor until they were very finely milled. Along with that, you’ll need 1 banana, 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (I prefer Adam’s Natural crunchy variety, since it doesn’t have any gross chemicals that could hurt your furry friend. 2/3 cup of rolled oats, 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup of dried parsley, and I decided to up the green-ness of these by pureeing about 5 TBSP of spinach. added a little water to aid in the puree. (Full recipe will be at end of post.)

First things first, peel your banana, throw it into your mixing bowl, and mash it with a fork or potato masher. Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.

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Once it’s thoroughly mashed, add your oats, oat flour, and parsley and give it a mix.

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Lastly, throw in your spinach (I ended up using about 3 or 4 tablespoons), the beaten egg, and peanut butter. Mix together until it’s a cookie dough consistency.

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If the dough ends up a little sticky, just add a little more oat flour. A little sticky is totally okay though.

Once the dough is to your liking, use a tablespoon measure and ball up the dough, place on your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

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You can leave them in this form of you so desire, but we just smushed these with the heels of our palms.

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Once you’re done, put these in the oven for 20 minutes starting, then rotate them and put them in for another 10, and rotate again for another 10. Once they’re done baking, leave them to cool.

When they’re done they’ll be slightly browned and crunchy, but not super crunchy. Mature dogs or dogs with dental issues could still eat these! Just do a little less time in the oven for a softer treat.

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These are sure to be a crowd pleaser, and a fun way to incorporate a little ‘green’, without any unnecessary food dyes for St. Patty’s day into your dog’s diet!

Store them in an airtight container or freeze them for later. Just be sure to defrost them before feeding them to your dog.

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As you can see, Saoirse is very enthusiastic about these, and they love them!

And that’s it for this recipe! Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your furry friends!

-Samantha

 

 

RECIPE:  

-1 Banana, peeled

-1 cup oat flour 

-2/3 cup rolled oats 

-1/2 cup dried parsley 

-3 tbsp peanut butter 

-1 beaten egg 

-Few tbsp of frozen spinach, pureed. Use your discretion. 

 

Preheat oven to 300. Put banana in large mixing bowl and mash. Once thoroughly mashed, add oat flour, oats, parsley, peanut butter, egg and spinach and mix into a cookie dough consistency. 

Roll 1 tbsp of dough in your hand and put on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use heel of your hand to press down. Don’t get them too thin or they’ll burn easily. Bake until golden brown on the bottom and firm. Approximately 40-45 minutes total. Rotate every 10 minutes. Let cool completely once done.