The gourmet edit
Foodie fur babies
As the proud mum to two fur babies, I can attest to their importance in our lives, and it seems I’m not alone, with pets living in 62 per cent of homes nationwide. This month, bestselling 4 Ingredients author Kim McCosker is releasing Pet Cookbook (RRP $29.99), containing recipes for dogs, cats, birds, chickens and even guinea pigs! All recipes are human grade and allergy aware, and the book also contains information on what foods are toxic to pets, especially dogs and cats.
Makes 15 cat or dog treats
• 2 cups natural yoghurt
• 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
• 2 small ripe bananas, peeled and roughly chopped
Blend all ingredients together into a puree. Pour into ice cube trays or icy pole moulds and freeze until firm. Can be kept in freezer for up to two weeks.
If you are going to feed your dog yoghurt, make sure he or she is not lactose intolerant and when choosing, pick one that has live active bacteria and no added sugars or artificial sweeteners (aspartame and sucralose can pose mild side effects to your dog, such as an upset tummy, while xylitol has toxic consequences if consumed by a dog). Active bacteria may act as probiotics and, just as they are in humans, probiotics are good for the gut flora of our dogs.