After a hot and humid walk this morning I wanted to reward Toby with a treat that would occupy him too. What about his heavy-duty Kong stuffed with peanut butter?
His weight is stable at 60 pounds now. At his checkup Toby's vet give him a thumbs-up on his weight...but really she'd prefer him to get a little closer to 55 pounds.
Peanut butter is one of Toby's favorite foods, but it is a high-fat, high calorie treat. Toby's favorites also include almost all tropical fruits, which I just happened to have on hand after visiting the commissary a few days ago. So out came the blender and in went 3 of Toby's favorite fruits:
Bananas are a rich source of potassium, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, manganese, and fiber. Potassium has a crucial role in nerve and muscle function. It can help protect bones and the cardiovascular system. Bananas have been called one of the "world's healthiest foods".
Mangos are high in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and fiber. There are only 1.3 grams of fat in a whole mango.
Avocados are rich in 3 kinds of "good fats": phytosterols and polyhydrated fatty alcohols (PFA's), both of which are anti-inflammatory; and oleic acid, which helps with absorption of antioxidants. They are a great source of fiber, Vitamin K, folate, Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, and potassium.
When I blended these ingredients (1/2 avocado, 1/2 mango, 1 banana) the result seemed a bit soft to put into a Kong toy. I stirred in 1 tablespoon of ground flax meal. Though still a bit loose, the result held together well enough to insert into the Kong. Of course the stuffed Kong could be frozen before serving it.
Tropical Fruit Kong Filling
1/2 fresh mango
1 T. ground flax meal
Serving size: 3 tablespoons
Number of servings: 3
Calories per serving: 102
Honestly, when I tasted it I thought it would make a pretty yummy dip or spread for the humans!