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Blueberries are a favourite at our house, for both people and pups alike. Aside from the fact that they taste like sunshine, they have only 80 calories in a whole cup and they are chock full of nutritiousness and antioxidants. For kibble fed dogs especially, it is important that their diet include some antioxidants because in your body right now, there are something called free radicals lurking about.
How do I explain free radicals?
Free radicals are these lonely electrons wandering around looking for another electron to love. Except they’re kind of super awkward and dorky, so they have to kidnap one from another cell. You can’t have free radicals in your body just going around kidnapping folks, it’s rude (and unhealthy!).
Antioxidants are like a singles dance for the body.
No really, antioxidants are like a bunch of single folks who think free radicals are super attractive. Antioxidants will give up a molecule to a free radical, which means the free radical doesn’t have to steal one from another cell in your body.
Is this making any sense?
Blueberries contain some powerful antioxidants, helping the free radicals find their true love (and protecting your body from the damaging affects of free radicals.) We love! blueberries at our house and they make a GREAT snack. Oneof our favourite ways to enjoy blueberries is to pop a baggie of berries into the freezer and snack on them frozen, like Kolchak is doing in the (
really bad) photos
Blueberry Chicken Bites
No really, blueberries and chicken go together nicely!
2 cups fresh blueberries (or defrosted frozen berries)
2 large chicken breast
Preheat Oven to 350F
In a blender, puree berries, adding a little water to smooth it out, if necessary.
Slice chicken breasts into 1/4″ a 2″ thin chunks and lay them out flat on a cookie sheet. Place a scoop of berry puree on top of each. Place in oven and bake for 60 – 90 minutes on the middle rack. Reduce heat to 150F and leave in oven for several hours until all moisture has been cooked out. Store in an airtight container, in a dry area for up to 20 days.
And hey! Before you go:
Last week someone asked if they could share a Tasty Tuesday post on their blog as well. That got me thinking – what if Tasty Tuesday was a blog hop? Would anyone be interested in participating? We’re looking for dog blogger who would be interested in a blog hop where we could share treat recipes and ideas, pictures of your dog enjoying a treat, treat reviews or even to publicize your dog treat & food giveaways. If you would be interested in a Tasty Tuesday blog hop, please comment below! If you know a blogger who might be interested, please share this post with them, so we can get their feedback! Thanks!!