Free Article and Recipe – What Are Warming Foods? 12 Days of Dog Food Day 6

Dear friends of dogs,

I hope you are enjoying this holiday series….

free article 12 Days of Dog Food: A delicious gift each day free article

Please enjoy this free article and recipe, and use these goodies as the groundwork to improve your dog’s diet in 2022, or before.

Contact me to start giving your dog the gift of better food. He or she has been good all year … maybe a little naughty too … but like I always say, Best Friends… Best Food!

So here we go…

free article 12 Days of Dog Food: Day 6 

Today’s gift is: Free Article and Recipe – What are Warming Foods?

When you think of the idea of “warming foods,” you may consider soup, stew, or other foods that are warm or hot in temperature. But in Traditional Chinese Medicine, warming foods – those with Yang energetics – are foods that add heat to the body. Depending on your dog’s situation, this may be good or bad.

Before reading about the benefits of warming foods, it is worthy to note that a lot of dogs eating commercial pet food already have too much warmth, aka inflammation.

In what situations might your dog benefit from warming foods?

Dogs who need warmth (in TCM, this is known as being Yang deficient) can benefit from having warming foods in their diets. Dogs can become Yang deficient for many reasons. Some of these reasons include poor diet, old age, inactivity, general weakness, or excessive exposure to cold weather.

If a dog is Yang deficient and in need of warming foods, this may display itself through cystitis, kidney disease, incontinence, autoimmune disease, acid reflux, digestive upset, lack of energy and more. It is important to note that these symptoms and conditions can occur for many other reasons as well, so it is crucial to work with a vet to determine the exact cause first.

What are some examples of warming foods?

There are many foods that hold warming energetics. Warming foods should also be served warm, cooked and broken down as much as possible. Warming foods include lamb, chicken, venison, kidneys, quinoa, wheat germ, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, parsley, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, parsnips, raspberries and more.

Warming recipe for dogs

Calorie content: about 815

1 pound / 16 ounces boneless chicken meat, can be a mix of white and dark
6 ounces kidneys, hearts, gizzards and livers – if all of these are not available – if not, use 6 of any combination of these
4 ounces sweet potatoes
4 ounces broccoli
4 ounces kale (will cook down to about 2 ounces)
1 teaspoon ginger
1 cup filtered water

Place all ingredients in a baking dish, and cook at 350 until chicken is cooked through. Depending on what kind of chicken you are using (whole pieces, ground etc) cooking time may be 30-60 minutes. Please email me if you’re not sure!

Although ‘warming’ foods in this context focus on energetics, serving them at a warm temperature increases their energetics, therefore enhancing their benefits.  

Sarah Whitman, MS