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So the Mama is kind of on vacation this week. Like all irresponsible humans with no obligation to get out of bed at a reasonable hour or to stay aware of the current date, yesterday the Mama didn’t realize that it was Tuesday until mid afternoon.That’s right. Mama forgot that it was Tasty TuesdaySend her hate mail. I mean really, that kind of screw up will not be tolerated here at Kolchak’s Kitchen, Mama. Get it together why don’t you.
So by the time, she got her head on straight and realized she had totally neglected her duty and let Tasty Tuesday pass without so much as a snackeroo, she was in a panic to find something to post. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Seems that the Daddy didn’t do the grocery shopping while the Mama was busy this weekend. Thanks a heap Daddy.
Here fishy fishy fishy
The Nana is a bit of an odd duck. She likes a little something called orange and sardine salad, so we almost always have a can of sardines in the house.
The Mama will often give us a sardine right out of the can as a treat. They are so fishy and delicious. There are few things in the world that I won’t do for a sardine. This is like puggle crack.
Sardines are legit healthy too.
Sardines might smell JUST AWFUL! but they are filled with all sorts of great nutritious stuff. They are a great source of vitamin B12, which supports cardiovascular health. Since you get the whole fishy, soft bones included, sardines are a great source of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D. Due to the vitamin D and high levels of selenium, dietary intake of sardines has been associated with a reduced cancer risk. Sardines are also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the inflammation in your body and can help everything from allergies and itchies to inflammation pain and cholesterol. High in protein, sardines are a great snack to help fuel your active pup.
Which can to choose?
There are a TON of brands and types of sardines on the market. We like to choose a brand that practices “dolphin-friendly” fishing. Let’s face it, dolphins are CUTE. We like to choose a sardine labelled as low or reduced sodium and packed in olive oil, not soy oil. Soybean is really hard for a lot of pups to digest. If you are bit Roly Poly (like Koly), we’d suggest choosing a sardine packed in water.
So what’s the catch?
BOL, I made a funny. Get it? “the catch” ’cause we’re talking about fishing? No? Too corny? Moving right along….
Sardines carry a pretty weighty calorie punch. a 3.2 ounce can has around 120 calories. That is 1/5 of the calories I should eat for the whole day! The good news is that the ones packed in water are lower calorie and that I can easily have a sardine or two throughout the week with no problem.
Sardines contain a little something called purine, which is broken down into uric acid. Uric acid can contribute to the formation of kidney stones, so if this is a problem for you, I would probably avoid sardines altogether.
They aren’t very practical though.
Ugh, can you imagine the Mama carrying around a pocketful of soggy sardines?! She would attract all the cats in town. Not exactly something she wants, considering I am deathly afraid of those feline devils. Enter the solution: dried sardines.
Is it just me – or are they staring at me??
Lots of high end pet stores are now carrying dried sardines which are a much more practical choice for training and carrying around with you. Since most of the oil has been dried out of them, they are also a good lower calorie choice.
Can I have my fishy now Mom?
What do you think? Would you try sardines as a treat at your house?
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