Cozy up together with your pup this Valentine’s Day and luxuriate in a dog-friendly charcuterie board!
With his unwavering loyalty and endless love, there’s no higher Valentine’s Day date than your canine. He’ll provide you with his undivided consideration, dole out loads of kisses, and it’s an absolute assure that he received’t ghost you! Whether you’re coupled up or single, lockdown 3.0 could also be stopping you from having a traditional date night time. But Valentine’s Day isn’t ruined! There’s no higher option to rejoice the day of affection than with meals and your pooch. This information will assist you to put a dog-friendly twist on a Valentine’s favourite – the charcuterie board!
First up, drinks
Water is at all times the perfect drink to your canine. In truth, he ought to drink roughly 29ml of water per pound of physique weight daily. That doesn’t imply he doesn’t deserve a deal with although! If you fancy getting artistic within the kitchen, strive whipping up a ‘pup-kin spiced latte’’ or a ‘very berry smoothie’ to quench your hound’s thirst.
Next up, meals
While you and your two-legged Valentine would share a charcuterie board filled with meats, cheese, crackers, fruit and quite a lot of condiments on the day of affection – a number of charcuterie staples, sadly, aren’t appropriate for canine. Instead, you’ll must improvise!
Cured meats like salami, serrano ham and chorizo are excessive in sodium and fats, which isn’t good to your pooch. Instead go for unseasoned cooked white meats, akin to rooster and turkey or floor beef – excellent options to the cured meats you’ll often see on a charcuterie board.
And don’t fear! You can nonetheless heap a pile of prosciutto on the board you make for your self.
The most necessary a part of a charcuterie board is the cheese. Dogs can eat cheese in small quantities, however avoid blue cheese as it may be detrimental to your pup’s well being.
If you don’t need your canine to overlook out on the tacky V-day celebrations, add slightly little bit of cottage cheese to your board. It’s significantly decrease in sodium and fats than most different cheeses, so it’s a great way to present your canine a well-rounded charcuterie expertise.
Many crackers are usually excessive in sodium even for us – in order that they’ll have an excessive amount of salt to your pup! Healthy low-calorie canine biscuits and treats are the perfect substitutions, or you possibly can take the time this Valentine’s to bake your pup some do-it-yourself cracker substitutes! These ‘spinach and bacon biscuits’ and ‘duck crumb cookies’ make the proper addition to your personalised charcuterie board.
Don’t have time to bake? No downside! Sub out the crackers for some wholesome dog-friendly veggies! Sliced cucumber, carrots, celery, purple bell peppers and mushrooms are all wholesome decisions that your pup can get pleasure from.
More than ever earlier than, your canine deserves to rejoice Valentine’s Day with you this 12 months! Not solely has he made the pandemic a lot extra bearable, he’s additionally added unconditional like to your total life. If that doesn’t make him worthy of a charcuterie board, what does?