Artisinal Food for Fido plus $300 GIVEAWAY! #InspiredByCrafted

This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™, but My Pit Bull Friend only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


Don't you just LOVE Giveaways? Well we have an amazing one for the special dog or cat in your life that you won't want to pass up so Keep Reading!

For the last couple of months, Bentley has been reaping the benefits of a new and improved lifestyle #InspiredbyCrafted. Ever since she started her new diet of Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ dog food, things have been on the up and up in all departments of life, and mine too. Not only is she eating healthier food and staying active but I too have been inspired to eat healthier and be more active with her; I've even gotten my family members involved in this new healthier lifestyle. We've been going on more walks and outings to the dog park as well as monitoring her daily activity with a special app on my phone.

Being consciously aware of what I feed Bentley has made me do a double take on the things I eat as well. When I learned of all the healthy ingredients in Hill's Ideal Balance Crafted dog food, I knew that it was time to ditch her old dog food that contained corn and stick with this more balanced option that features Ancient Grains and thoughtfully sourced Proteins.

The things that I love about the Hill’s® Ideal Balance™ Crafted™ dog food are that it is:

  • Made in small batches

  • Made in the USA

  • Contains Natural ingredients

  • Contains No wheat, corn or soy

  • Contains No artificial colors, flavors or preservative

  • Available in Grain free varieties


The small batches means that Ideal Balance Crafted dog food is made just the way you would- one very special batch at a time. As a matter of fact if you didn't catch one of my last blog posts, I showed a recipe I tried out that was actually inspired by some of the very same ingredients as is featured in Ideal Balance Crafted dog food, like the Ancient Grain Quinoa.


You can check it out recipe here: Ancient Grains for Your Dog and You #InspiredByCrafted




    Now here's the best part, YOU have a chance to win a $300 gift card to PetSmart to purchase your very own Ideal Balance CRAFTED products for your dog or cat!



    This Giveaway is hosted by the BlogPaws Professional Blogger Network and sponsored by Hill's Ideal Balance CRAFTED. There is no purchase necessary in order to be eligible to win and is void where prohibited. This Giveaway is open to anyone that resides in the United States and is over the age of 18. Employees of Pet360, Inc., Hill's Pet Nutrition, PetSmart and their immediate families are ineligible. This Giveaway will be open from 6/9/2015 to 6/30/2015 at 11:59pm ET.

    Winner will be notified on or about Wednesday 7/1/2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to the email before forfeiting their prize.

    The $300 gift card to PetSmart will be mailed to the winner approximately 4-6 weeks from acceptance.









    Good Luck!

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    Ancient Grains for Your Dog and You #InspiredByCrafted

    This post is sponsored by Hill’s. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Hill’s® Ideal Balance® CRAFTED, but My Pit Bull Friend only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is not responsible for the content of this article.


    Ancient Grains have been on the rise as of recent and it's no surprise why. They are packed full of nutritional value and can be used as an alternative to gluten in human and dog food.

    Quinoa has been touted as a superfood in the food world because of its many health benefits. One cup of cooked Quinoa contains about 17-27 grams of fiber which is much higher than other grains. It is also very high in protein and can lower blood sugar and triglyceride levels.

    Since I want the best for my family, I'm always on the hunt for healthy food and snacks and that goes for my pets too. When I discovered that the Hill’s® Ideal Balance® CRAFTED line has Ancient Grains in their dog food I was ecstatic because it's nice to see dog food with the same ingredients you would see in high end human food.

    Hill’s® uses quality ingredients like thoughtfully sourced proteins and vegetables and in distinctive flavors like quinoa to create unique flavorful recipes. Their dog food is made in small batches made just the way you would make it if you did it yourself.

    I became inspired by this Artisan Crafted dog food that I watch Bentley enjoy daily and decided to make a healthy meal for my family with some of the same ingredients and came up with a nice little recipe for Stir Fry Quinoa.


    Quinoa Stir Fry with Grilled Peppers and Chicken



    1 Tbsp + 1 tsp vegetable oil
    1 medium green bell pepper, chopped                                                                                                                                                        1 medium yellow bell pepper, chopped
    1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
    1/8 tsp mild red pepper flakes
    1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
    4 oz cooked chicken breast, sliced
    2 scallions, chopped
    2 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
    Juice of 1/2 lime  
                                                                                                                                                                                                  1 large egg, beaten



    Cook the quinoa in a rice cooker, or on the stovetop according to package directions. Set aside.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened slightly. Add the garlic, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Stir in the red pepper flakes plus the black pepper.

    Remove vegetables from the wok and set aside. Return the pan to heat, and add 1 teaspoon of oil. Add the quinoa and egg, and stir-fry to cook the egg, 30 seconds. Return the vegetables to the pan along with the chicken, scallions, soy sauce and lime juice. Stir to combine, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.

    Serve hot, or at room temperature.



    When it comes to my family, health is number one so I will continue to be #InspiredbyCrafted when it comes to making responsible choices for mealtime. The fact that I was able to prepare a meal inspired by Hill's dog food truly shows that they take the time to create some wonderful food that you won't feel bad about giving to your pet because it's made of the same foods that you can eat. Now that's what I call a win win situation!



    Have you been #InspiredbyCrafted yet?






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