Saturday, July 22, 2006

Hot Weather Food

It's been hot here, today in the 90's, which is really unusual for our area. I'm trying an idea of Juliette de Bairacli Levy's with Vida's breakfasts:

  • 1/2 cup (measured dry) flaked grains (barley and quinoa today)
  • 1/2 cup raw milk
    • Soak grains in milk overnight in fridge
  • Squeeze of raw honey
  • Dab of Coconut Oil
  • Squirt of Aloe Juice
  • Squirt of Ol-Immune (due to last week's odd illness)
  • 1/2 tsp Wholistic Pet supplement

The idea is to lighten the digestive load during hot weather by reducing meat. She actually feeds a similar meal regularly, and mentions that native saluki's where fed this type of gruel almost exclusively during the summer (which of course is waaaay more hot than here).

Keep in mind that this isn't the same as feeding kibble, which is of course full of grain. The meal is made of the most digestible form of grain: flaked raw grains that are soaked. Levy describes soaking in veggie broth as well as in raw milk. She's a fan of raw milk and honey together as a restorative. She also recommends that grains be fed seperately from meat.

Of course Vida scarfed it down. I don't usually measure stuff, but wanted to do it a couple of times to get an idea of the finished amount, as I usually make too much food from scratch. As most people do, they judge by what looks like enough, which for a person is more than for all but the largest dogs.

I should've gotten some fish at work today for her dinners this weekend. It's nice and cooling, from a chinese medicine point of view. Tonight she had a very funky dinner though, a left over sample of a raw food that will rename nameless because it's yucky.

Could make great icy dog treats with raw milk, bananas, tahini, and honey, blendered and frozen in ice cube trays. Much better than the commercial products (Frosty Paws contains animal sterol or fat can't remember which, BHA, and BHT - I stopped reading after that). Maybe tomorrow!
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