Fresh with Your Pet

Almost two weeks ago, our family started a program called Fresh with Your Pet, a promotional partnership between Freshpet and HelloFresh. We’re half-way through the month-long regimen and I have to say we’re pretty happy!

The folks at Freshpet describe their food this way: “real, all natural pet food made from scratch with the freshest ingredients… Our meals are crafted using real meat and veggies you can see. We never have any preservatives – that’s why you’ll find us in the fridge on the pet food aisle.”

HelloFresh is a meal delivery service that sources ingredients from independent producers and delivers top quality products nationwide. Their chefs work with dietitians to create more than a dozen healthy new recipes each week.

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“We’re in it together!”

This project came at very opportune time. Both humans and the canine in our household recently started watching what they ate in an effort to lose a few pounds. The humans are using a calorie-counting app and the dog is on a program recommended by our vet. The healthy ingredients in both the Freshpet and HelloFresh meals are making watching our caloric intake easy, while enjoying tasty food to boot!

Getting Started!

Before starting Bodhi on the Freshpet diet, I consulted with Dr. Christina Moore, Urban Dog’s resident expert on dog health. She checked out the ingredients of the food and gave it a “thumbs up!” (You can read more about Dr. Moore’s thoughts about dog nutrition here.) She also said it’s important to be careful when changing a dog’s food regimen so as not to cause gastrointestinal distress. When Dr. Moore changes her dogs’ diets she starts with a ratio of 25% new food to 75% old food on day one. She slowly increases the amount of new food to 100% by day five. The folks at Freshpet agree: “Most pets can switch right over with no problem, but some may have sensitive stomachs. Freshpet always advises a gentle transition over the course of a week or so, to help make sure the change doesn’t upset anyone’s tummy.” Bodhi’s transition took him six days; he had no apparent stomach problems during any part of the process.

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Day Four: Mixing Freshpet Tender Chicken Recipe with Kibble

We started with Freshpet’s Tender Chicken Recipe rolls. They look like a giant sausages. You chop off slices and then cut them into cubes for serving. It’s made with chicken, peas, carrots, and brown rice. After the first week, we started to mix things up and served Bodhi their Fresh From the Kitchen Home Cooked Chicken Recipe. This food comes in a bag and consists of loose pieces of chicken meat, carrots, spinach, and cranberries. Bodhi loved the food immediately! While I was preparing his dish he sat nearby… waiting (somewhat) patiently… drooling.

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Bodhi: “Can I eat now?”

After a week it was pretty clear to us that Bodhi was really enjoying this food. And we also noticed something that is a really big deal for us! As a puppy, Bodhi suffered a very serious congenital disease. One of its lingering effects is that he strains a lot when he goes to the bathroom and his poop is usually pretty soft. Almost immediately after switching to Freshpet, we found that he strains less and his stool is firm. I’m certainly not a doctor or a scientist, but like all dog owners, I pay a lot of attention to my dog’s poop! While I can’t say for sure the Freshpet food is the reason for this improvement in Bodhi’s bathroom habits, the “evidence” certainly seems to suggest it!

And regarding Bodhi’s weight loss? He continues to shed pounds; he has two more pounds to go to reach our vet’s target.

We also got some samples of their Dog Joy Turkey Bacon treats. Needless to say, Bodhi loved these too. Just look at how he eyes the rasher!

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“Give me that Dog Joy Turkey Bacon from Freshpet!”

To compare your current dog food to Freshpet, click here.

To read more about Freshpet, click here.

I have to say I really like food. I enjoy eating out. I enjoy cooking at home.

But when it comes to cooking at home, it is very easy to fall into a rut. Seriously, I think we’ve been eating tacos on Tuesdays for a couple of years now! (Our tacos are VERY good I’ll have you know!) And when you are trying to watch what you eat, the ruts are easier to fall into and even less interesting. How much yogurt can one eat?

So getting enrolled in HelloFresh’s home deliver service has been a godsend!

Our first delivery came with Creamy Dill Chicken with roasted potatoes and green bean; Sesame Beef Tacos with quick pickled veggies and spicy crema; and Sweet Apple Pork Tenderloin with cauliflower mash and snap peas. All three were super easy to make. Our first night we prepared the chicken. I’m pretty neutral about dill. Sometimes recipes can have too much and overpower the other flavors, but this dish had just the right amount! The tacos were great too. We liked the mix of Asian and Mexican flavor profiles. (We will have to challenge HelloFresh to a Taco Taste Off!)

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Pork Tenderloin Ingredients

We saved the Pork Tenderloin dish for Sunday dinner. HelloFresh provided a recipe card and seven, pre-measured ingredients: pork, apples, potatoes, cauliflower, thyme, sugar snap peas, and chicken stock concentrate. The great thing about a meal delivery service is getting just enough for the recipe. You don’t have to buy more than you need. If I were doing this recipe from scratch, I’d probably have to buy more concentrate than I’d have any use for in the near future. We were responsible for four staples: salt, pepper, oil, and butter.

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“Can I help?”

The recipe had six easy-to-follow steps. (You can see Bodhi was involved throughout the entire process!)

And the end result was pretty amazing.

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“The Pork Tenderloin looks tasty!”

At 600 calories per serving, this filling and tasty meal fit in perfectly with our calorie-watching plan. (I checked our calorie counting app and a similar meal at a restaurant was several hundred calories more!)

Our second delivery had Chicken Parm Salad with baby spinach and a creamy lemon dressing; Figgy Balsamic Pork with roasted green beans and rosemary potatoes; and Beef Rice Noodle Bowls with carrots, cucumber, and peanut sauce. They were just as satisfying as the first week’s meals.

We’re looking forward to the next two weeks.

For more on HelloFresh, click here.

We’ll let you know how the whole month goes in another post!

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9 comments

  1. LOVE seeing all of the Bodhi-Sean-your kitchen PHOTOS!!! All look fantastic 😀 😀 And the food looks delicious and made me check if it’s time for lunch yet – it is NOT – ha!

  2. In the last 18 months or so we were part of the sadness and sense of helplessness surrounding the loss of our Chessie, CLETUS (age 7) and 2 dogs of close friends, all to cancer. All of us fed our beloved pets what we thought to be the healthiest menus. While neither medical care or our instincts can specifically find the causes(s), perhaps diet was a variable. So I am happy to try a new program when the puppy comes. Doing it for him and for us, Dick and Diane.

    Thanks Sean.

    Dick Hahner
    Pensacola

  3. I love Bodi…whenever I see his pictures I wonder what he would say if he could talk! He’s so expressive. Oh, I like your pictures to Sean 😀 The food looks delicious….yum.

  4. Oh, Lord….Bodhi and those eyes!
    This was a great article, and made me think about doing this, too, as there are certain females of human and canine origin in this house who could use some caloric restrictions, and some males who could use better nutrition. One thing I need to check is that my dogs have had digestive issues with chicken and beef, but can eat lamb without problems, so I’d have to check on the type of meats FreshPet uses. Thanks for a great idea!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this article and I can say first hand that you, Bodhi and Clark all look great….like you lost weight and appear healthy.

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