This 4th of July, why not treat your beloved canine companion to a refreshing and patriotic dog popsicle? As the summer sun shines brightly, these icy delights will not only help your pup beat the heat but also add a dash of festive flair to the holiday celebrations.
Packed with wholesome ingredients and bursting with flavors, these homemade frozen treats are sure to make tails wag and bring a smile to every pup's face. So, get ready to unleash the patriotic spirit and let's dive into this easy and delicious recipe that will make your furry friend the star of the Independence Day festivities!
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Spirulina for Dogs
For the blue color of this frozen dog treat we used spirulina in place of berries. Blue spirulina for dogs is a healthy and natural ingredient.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in various nutrients, including protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is often considered a superfood due to its potential health benefits.
Spirulina can be a beneficial supplement for dogs, as it may support immune system function, improve energy levels, promote healthy skin and coat, and aid in overall wellness.
We use just 3 ingredients to make these holiday pupsicles, with a vegetable for the stick.
- Strawberries - we use fresh strawberries but frozen could be substituted.
- Greek Yogurt - use low fat and sugar free. For a dairy free substitute, plain coconut yogurt is a good choice.
- Blue Spirulina - this is mixed with yogurt for the blue layer. We purchase ours from Amazon but health food stores may stock it.
- Red pepper - for a safe and healthy popsicle stick we use slices of red bell pepper. It avoids the risk of dogs crunching into the traditional wooden stick as well as being a healthy treat. Try sticks of cucumber, carrot or zucchini too.
Remember to go slowly when introducing new foods. And we recommend checking with your veterinarian first if your dog has any digestive issues or other health concerns.
How to Make Red White Blue Popsicle for Dogs
The trick for the 3 different colors is freezing one at a time in the popsicle mold.
Mix spirulina with yogurt
Add strawberry layer with strips of red bell pepper.
Freeze each layer.
These fun red white blue popsicles can also be made in smaller silicone shapes too. Pour and freeze the difference layers, then you are ready to give out a refreshing treat.
Dog Frozen Treat Molds
Silicone frozen treat molds with paw and bone shapes.
Dog popsicles, like regular popsicles, need to be stored in a freezer to keep them frozen and prevent spoilage. Place the red white blue popsicle in an airtight container or freezer bag to protect them from freezer burn and absorbing odors from other foods.
They should last up to 2 months in the freezer.
Replace the blue spirulina with blended blueberries or blackberries.
The strawberries could be replaced with raspberries.
More Frozen Dog Treats
Keep your dog cool in summer with these other frozen treat recipes:
Red White Blue Popsicle for Dogs
- ½ cup chopped strawberries
- 1 cup Greek yoghurt
- 1 teaspoon blue spirulina
- ½ red bell pepper for popsicle sticke
- Using a hand blender, blend the strawberries with a teaspoon of water until smooth.
- Slice the red bell pepper into sticks that will fit your popsicle container.
- Spoon the strawberry mixture into the bottom of the popsicle container and place the red pepper sticks in the middle. (They can be wiggled and moved at the next freezing stage if you can't get them to stand up straight)
- Place the container into the freezer and freeze until firm for at least 30 minutes.
- Mix the blue spirulina with ⅓ cup of the yogurt and place in the fridge until needed.
- Remove the popsicle container from the freezer and spoon the remaining yogurt into the container, ensuring that the red pepper stick is upright. Press down gently to ensure even distribution.
- Return to the freezer and freeze for a further 30 minutes.
- Remove the container from the freezer and spoon the blue spirulina mixture on top of the white yogurt layer. Press down evenly and return to the freezer.
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes until the whole popsicle is firm.
- To serve, gently run the popsicle container under warm water to remove the popsicle.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator.