Grain-Free Holiday Dog Treat Recipes

Dogs are omnivores, and they benefit from vegetables just as much as the rest of us. And what better time of year to incorporate colorful fruits and veggies into their diets? Beets, spinach, and other nutritional powerhouses take center stage in these gluten-free and grain-free holiday dog treat recipes. You’ll also find healthy supporting ingredients like coconut oil, which can help your dog maintain a shiny coat and dewy skin through the dry winter months.

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Dying to bake doggy treats, but don’t have a buddy to share them with? Try one of these grain-free recipes and bring the treats along on your first Meet & Greet as a Rover pet-sitter. You’ll score a new friend who will be happy to taste-test all your canine concoctions.

Be sure to use doggy-safe peanut butter, free of any added sweeteners. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, so read labels carefully!

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5 Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I have Celiac Disease, and I eat gluten-free. 

These days, it’s much easier to eat gluten-free than it ever used to be, thanks to ready-made meals and snacks. You can find a lovely section of gluten-free items in almost any grocery store, and the convenience is certainly welcome!

There’s just one problem I continually find with gluten-free foods: sugar. The sugar content in gluten-free foods is typically higher than in normal foods.

As we all know, sugar has become the new fat, meaning that more research into nutrition has made us realize that ingesting too much sugar is just as bad, if not worse, than consuming fatty food. Sugar in its natural form, found in fruits and in starchy vegetables, is fine and an important nutrient in brain development. What is problematic is our sugar-filled highly processed diet. Look at the labels! Everything we consume has ingredients that end in “-ose” or contain corn syrup. We are ingesting far too much sugar in one day, most of it the product of chemical combinations that are not very healthy for our body.

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The problem with consuming so much sugar is that it raises our level of insulin in the blood, which will have long-term damaging effects such as diabetes, slowed metabolisms, hyperactivity, and over eating. Let us not forget the epidemic of obesity in our society, a phenomenon that people could turn around if they reduced their daily intake of sugar.

A couple years ago, I eliminated all high fructose corn syrup from our home. As I come across more and more items that are “bad”, I continue my journey of elimination – searching for better alternatives and altering our eating habits, bit by bit by bit. Because doing it all at once can be overwhelming!

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Introducing: Little Jacs, from Bil-Jac!

**PLEASE NOTE: While Bil-Jac DID provide me with this product to review at no cost, I was not in any way paid for my review. The following opinion is hereby my own.**

Hi, everyone! Taffy the White Doggie here!

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Mommy decided to let me take over the blog for today, since she’s been pretty busy. Actually, we’ve ALL been pretty busy around the house lately. The reason? I have two new baby sisters!

Well, they’re getting kinda big now. But not too big. Seems like they’re growing fast, though. I’m starting to wonder if I’m gonna get chased here pretty soon. Yeah, probably. But for now, I’ve been trying to help where I can. 

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Van’s Back to School Giveaway – with Joy Bauer!

Please Note: This giveaway was facilitated by Van’s Foods. I was not compensated for this post but did receive free product samples and all opinions are my own.

Well, are you back to school yet? About half of us around here went back to school earlier this week, and the rest will hit the books bright and early Monday morning! Woot woot! And along those lines, I am SO excited to partner with Van’s to celebrate modern moms and help make their lives a little easier, just in time for back-to-school!

And what is one of the most important keys to a successful back to school routine? Breakfast!

But breakfast doesn’t have to be stressful. Quick, wholesome options like Van’s waffles offer protein and whole grains that are so delicious moms feel great about serving them and kids love eating them!

For instance, check out this recipe for Banana & Honey Minis!

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Van’s conducted a survey of 1,000 moms and asked them to describe their mornings.

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On the Road in July

Can you even believe that it’s August 1? That means 4 months until December!!! (I’m sorry, I couldn’t resist!)

Moving on, moving on… let’s not think about Christmas just yet! How about a peek at the top posts here on the blog in the month of July?

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1. Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Graeter’s! – The giveaway is over, and heck, the month is over, too, but there’s NEVER a bad time for ice cream! Especially Graeter’s! 

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