If You Really Love Your Dogs, Make Them These Watermelon Treats

Everyone love to splurge on frozen treats like ice cream to cool off on a warmer day. But what about our furry four-footed friends? Do they have to make do with their usual bowl of crunchy kibble? I think not.

It turns out that you can make safe, healthy watermelon, coconut water and honey treats for your pups at home. They won’t take very long to create, and we guarantee they will smell a lot better than usual dog food!

But first, an introduction: Meet Shelby, Memphis and Oakley, the Siberian Huskies of YouTube channel Gone to the Snow Dogs, along with their humans, who created this recipe.

This recipe is super-easy and involves supplies you probably already have in your home. You only need a blender, ice cube tray and a handful of ingredients.

Here’s exactly what you’ll need.

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Ingredients

  • Seedless watermelon
  • Coconut water or coconut milk
  • Honey
  • Ice cube tray

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First, gather all your ingredients together and then take out a blender. The doggies can watch, but participation in the blending part is a “no.”

Directions

  • After cutting the seedless watermelon in half, throw it into a blender. Puree the watermelon until it becomes more of a liquid consistency.
  • Add in a bit of honey and a cup of coconut water or coconut milk.
  • Blend everything together for a few seconds.

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  • Pour mixture into ice cube tray. Allow to freeze.
  • Once the treats are totally frozen, distribute them to your furry friends!

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Unless your dogs eat their treats in one gulp, we recommend sharing these treats outdoors, so you don’t end up with a sticky floor or carpet.

Oh, and since these ingredients are super healthy, they’re great for both pets and their owners.

That’s right, you might be making ’em for your dogs, but humans can enjoy them, too!

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Check out step-by-step instructions to whip these up in the video below:

And if your dog’s not a watermelon fan? No problem!

The YouTube channel offers plenty of other ideas for treats that you can make for your dog.

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Maybe Neapolitan ice cream will be the ticket!

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You can check out how to make those snacks in the video below:

Have a great summer!

[h/t: Better Homes And Gardens]

8 Summer Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Summer is officially here and in addition to some fun in the sun, you’ll want some pool/beachside snacks to munch on throughout the day. These light snacks are perfect for the summer months because not only are they delicious, they’re also good for you.

Each of these seasonal bites are easy to make and could play a part in weight loss. (Hello, beach bod!)

1. Watermelon

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Watermelon is probably one of the most popular summer fruits because of its watery but sweet flavors. According to this study by Purdue University, the red and green fruit contains citrulline, an amino acid that can improve your cardiovascular health and blood pressure.

Serving suggestion: Eat them in slices or make these watermelon ice cubes to give your drink a healthy, sweet taste.

2. Avocado

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Everybody loves avocados—and for good reason! This healthy fruit (yes, avocado is a fruit) contains a high level of vitamins and antioxidants that can help reduce hunger and improve nutrient absorption.

Serving suggestion: Slice some avocado on top of your salad, make some guacamole or utilize one of these 11 delicious avocado recipes. You won’t regret it.

3. Blueberries

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Blueberries are sweet and flavorful, and they are easy to toss in a Ziploc bag and eat on the go. They’re a perfect snack to munch on when you’re in a hurry or when you’re poolside. One cup of the berries is under 100 calories and they contain anthocyanins, which can help lower your blood pressure.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add them to a fruit salad or get creative with these frozen yogurt blueberry kebabs.

4. Pineapple

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This tropical fruit is a perennial favorite, and it’s no surprise. Pineapples contain a high amount of Vitamin C and manganese, a mineral that contributes to calcium absorption and fat metabolism.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add some to a smoothie or add some to your drink for extra flavor.

5. Bell Peppers

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Bell peppers are a key veggie to consider for weight loss, since they contain capsaicin, a known metabolism booster. Also, one cup of the peppers is only 45 calories!

Serving suggestion: Get creative with a stuffed peppers meal, add some to your salad or incorporate them into your next salsa.

6. Corn

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Corn is the perfect healthy addition to your grill-out because it’s a rich source for Vitamins A, B and E, as well as a provider of necessary minerals such as iron and zinc. (Just don’t slather on too much butter!)

Serving suggestion: Corn on the cob, corn bread or corn salsa.

7. Turkey Burgers

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Yes, you can eat a burger without the guilt! There are many ways to modify a burger to make it healthier: opt for turkey burgers instead of beef, use a tomato instead of ketchup, ditch the bun and wrap it in a lettuce leaf instead.

Serving suggestion: A modified burger as we mentioned above or add some oven-roasted turkey breast to a salad.

8. Bananas

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We know bananas are high in potassium, but they’re also a low-energy density food, which can contribute to weight loss. Honestly, the health benefits of the fruit are endless.

Serving suggestion: Eat them by themselves, add them to a smoothie or incorporate them into a fruit salad.

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These 6 Watermelon-Cutting Tricks Will Make It The Best Summer Yet

Now that it’s officially summer, there’s only one fruit that you’ll need to have at all of those barbecues. That’s right—watermelon.

Is there anything more delicious than a cold bowl of fresh watermelon on a hot summer day?

Not only are watermelons completely delicious, they’re also one of the hardest fruits to serve.

Come on, you know the thought of cutting that thing open is daunting! They’re so round, so slippery and so unwieldy.

But don’t fret because these genius ways of cutting and serving watermelon will help you step your summertime game up. Thought those grilling skills were impressive? Just wait until your guests see this.

From watermelon jello to watermelon margaritas, you’ll be the queen (or king) of your next barbecue. You can thank us later.

1. Watermelon Sticks

This makes enjoying a watermelon slice so much easier. You can have this in one hand and your hot dog in the other, and it just doesn’t get better than that!

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2. The Perfect Slice

If you want to know how to make the most perfect slices, well, your wish is my command. Because there’s no way it’s truly summer without a watermelon slice in your hand and juice dripping down your elbow, now is it? Follow this tutorial.

The trick to getting the perfect slice? A towel to soak up all the juices and cutting off the rounded edges to create a flat cutting surface. Why didn’t we think of that sooner?

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3. Watermelon Glasses

Want a more adult way to enjoy your fruit? Make it into a glass for a margarita, then, why don’t you? Follow this recipe from Shari’s Berries.

These adult beverages use adorable mini watermelons—your friends are going to be so impressed!

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4. Skin A Watermelon

Just in case you’re hoping to do something super cool with your watermelon skin (like, you know, carry your beverage around in it), well, here’s how you can.

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5. Watermelon Drink Dispenser

How cute is your summertime set-up going to be when you turn your watermelon into a drink dispenser? Follow this tutorial.

Pro tip: Pick a seedless watermelon for a shorter prep time.

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6. Watermelon Jello

Watermelon jello is such a fun treat for the kids or the adults (if you add some alcohol). Plus, it’s easier to pull off than you might imagine. Follow this tutorial from the blog A Beautiful Mess.

Also, can we all agree that watermelon jello makes for some totally gorgeous eye candy.

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Bring on the summertime shindigs!

RELATED: This Is The Best Pasta Salad Recipe Ever (According To Pinterest)

[h/t: Refinery 29]

Try Skinning A Watermelon For An Awesome Party Trick

Peeling fruit is all kinds of useful for when you’re having a dinner party or just have picky eaters in your house. Some are easier to peel than others though. Ever get those deliciously juicy Florida oranges? Insanely hard to peel.

Well this sweet party trick is brought to you by former NASA Engineer Mark Rober from his YouTube channel. I had no idea this could be done, or why you’d want to, but it makes total sense when you watch it. Very cool.

This Is The Best Way To Cut A Watermelon So It’s Easy To Eat

Summer’s almost here, which means time to go watermelon-crazy. As delicious as the fruit can be, sometimes it can be a pain in the butt to cut and serve it.

Sure, you’ve been cutting the fruit into wedges, and it has been working all fine and dandy, but it turns out there is a much better way to slice one of these babies that doesn’t involve such a mess.

The trick is to slice your watermelon in half, and then cut it into a grid. This type of slicing gives you a bunch of even slices that don’t squirt juice everywhere, but still have some rind at the bottom, making them easy to handle and serve. Thanks to DaveHax for such a great tip.

[h/t: Health]

Here’s The Fastest And Easiest Way To Cut A Watermelon

While summer is quickly approaching its end, there’s still time for a few late summer and early fall picnics. And of course every picnic has to come with a standard fruit salad. One of the staples of fruit salad is watermelon, but it can be frustrating and tedious to cut.

Fortunately, we’ve found a way to make cutting a watermelon much easier. Watch this video to see how to quickly cut a watermelon into cubes within mere minutes.