Anti-inflammatory foods are great for us humans, but guess who else they’re great for? Man’s Best Friend! That’s right, our canine companions can also benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties of Fiji Joe Turmeric! Chronic inflammation is the root of almost all diseases, and dogs can get it too. In both humans and dogs, cancers, arthritis, and gastrointestinal disease are related to inflammation. Feeding your furry friend whole foods in addition to anti-inflammatory foods keeps your pooch healthy. And that’s where these simple yet yummy and healthy dog biscuits come in.
Let’s take a look at some of the main ingredients…
Fiji Joe Turmeric – Turmeric is a yellow Indian spice that’s been used for its flavor and medicinal purposes for many generations. You can thank the magical bioactive compound called curcumin for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Fiji Joe Turmeric is 100% natural and pawesome for dogs!
Oats – Oats are a nutrient-rich grain and are naturally gluten-free. Oats offer great heart and digestive system benefits as well as hormonal health promotion.
Ground Linseeds – While developing this recipe, I chose these ground, nutty-flavored seeds for me because it has tonnes of health benefits for our furry friends like being packed with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, the good kind of fats. According to the PetMD veterinary experts: “Flaxseeds, sometimes called linseeds, pack a whole lot of fiber and protein into a small serving. Fiber is important to a dog’s digestive health, while protein provides energy and keeps the immune system strong… (Linseeds) also contain lignans, which can improve cardiovascular health and may help fight cancer. Anti-inflammatory properties of flaxseed can help ease symptoms of arthritis, lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat in dogs.” (https://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/healthy-foods-checklist-flaxseed-dogs). Because they’re using up a lot of energy doing zoomies and going for walks, it is so important to keep your dog’s energy levels up: protein does just this. Linseeds pack a whole lot of protein per serving as well as fiber to promote the gastrointestinal health of your pet! Linseeds contain lignans, which could improve the health of your dog’s heart and may help fight cancer.
Egg – An egg increases the protein, healthy fats, vitamin D levels in this recipe and provides many other beneficial nutrients your dog needs.
Black pepper – Adding black pepper to a recipe containing Fiji Joe Turmeric actually helps with the absorption of curcumin into your body. Curcumin is the chemical property in Fiji Joe Turmeric that is responsible for anti-inflammatory relief and piperine in pepper helps with the absorption of curcumin! (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3535097/)
Bonus: The ingredients for this recipe give your pupper a shiny coat and healthy skin too!
These biscuits in this recipe can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week on the counter/in the pantry, two weeks in the refrigerator, or three months, frozen.
Prior to recreating this recipe, do seek advice from your veterinarian to make sure the ingredients in this recipe are suitable for your dog’s diet.
Yield: Makes about 18 – 24 dog biscuits
Category: Canine snack/treat
Preparation time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 30 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes
2.5 cups instant quick oats
½ teaspoon Fiji Joe Turmeric
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
Pinch black pepper
¾ cup water
1 large egg
🌡️ Preheat the oven to 350ºF and line a baking rack with parchment paper. Set this aside.
Combine all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix thoroughly.
🚰 Add water, a little at a time over 3 additions then add the egg.
🥣 Mix ingredients together until thoroughly combined with your hands, you could also use a wooden spoon to do this. Then knead the ‘dough’. This dough will feel wet and sticky, don’t worry, you’re doing it right. Let the dough rest in a warm place for 15 minutes. This allows the dough to soften while absorbing wet ingredients.
🍪 Sandwich the dough in between two pieces of parchment paper and roll out until it is about a quarter of an inch thick. Stamp the dough out with cookie cutters and place biscuits onto the baking sheet.
🍞 Bake at 350ºF for about 30 minutes, or until cooked through.
🍪 Transfer each biscuit to a cooling rack to completely cool before transferring them into an airtight container for your pooch’s next treat!