Iams SO GOOD! Food you can feel good about feeding your dog and a healthy recipe from Chef Art Smith!

If you’re like me and your dog is not just a “dog” but a member of your family unit- okay she’s not quite a kid- but you swear sometimes when she looks at you, it’s like she can read your mind–and I swear to this- my dog and I sing together- and like me you want to lavish your pooch with toys and treats and healthy foods well then you are reading the PERFECT POST!  I’m all about spoiling my Shih Tzus Mellie and Lazer- who are both my ever faithful companions- nuzzling at my toes as I sit here and type this; they are my little buddies and the best part-is they never says NO … to anything!

Chef Art Smith, Lazer and Me learning all about Iams So GOOD!
So when Iams invited me to meet with Chef Art Smith and learn about Iams SO GOOD! made with wholesome ingredients and nothing else and they encouraged me to bring my Shih Tzu Lazer to join the fun- I HAD to go! And since, one of the best ways to develop a bond between a child and their pet is simply by feeding them,  and my goal in life is to foster strong bonds between all my kids-I’m always on the hunt for healthy foods for my furkids that will teach my human kids the IMPORTANCE of  feeding their fur siblings.
Introducing Iams SO GOOD!
And with Iams So good an all-natural dog food they will not only learn how to keep their fur brother and sister healthy, but they will also develop a sense of responsibility and routine with them.
So the real question is WHAT SETS Iams So Good apart  from all the other dog foods out there? The surprising truth is that some leading dog food brands add ingredients that don’t necessarily contribute to a dog’s health and well being. IAMS  newest line of dog food – So Good! –is made with 100% wholesome ingredients and no added sugars, dyes or artificial preservatives.
And During our Iams So Good doggie playdate Chef Art Smith shared some sobering statistics with us!
Some leading dog food brands, like Pedigree, Beneful, Dog Chow and Kibbles ‘n Bits, may add things like Red Dye #40 or corn syrup. And so Iams is asking dog owners, “What’s Really in Your Bowl? to give them the facts about what ingredients are in some of the other leading brands so they can decide if they want added sugar, dyes or artificial preservatives in their dog’s bowl ( AND BOY I AM SO GLAD they are doing this!!)

Hanging with Pawl Griffin!
One of the ways we show our dogs our love for them is so poignantly captured in this Iams So Good commercial below!

Dog owners can show their love by feeding So Good! to their best friend – a tasty food that includes protein-packed chicken, veggies, fruit and crunchy kibbles.

IAMS So Good! 6_3lb Chicken

This newest food from IAMS can be found in the pet food aisles at mass retailers, grocery and pet specialty stores for a suggested price of $9.99 for a 6.3 lb. bag; $14.49 for a 13.5 lb. bag; and $22.49 for a 27 lb. bag.

Specific product details include:
• Irresistible Chicken Flavor – bowl licked clean, satisfaction guaranteed*
• Veggies & Fruit – natural fiber for a healthy tummy
• Protein-Packed Chicken – to help with a strong, healthy body
• Crunchy Kibbles – to keep dogs’ smiles bright

And since Chef Art Smith is excited about Iams So Good dog food blend and is a staunch believer in feeding our dogs as healthfully as we feed ourselves–  he GRACIOUSLY provided his DELISH recipe for Chef Art Smith’s Chicken and Apples with Blue Cheese-Yogurt Dressing!

Art Smith and his precious furkid
For the dressing:
1/4 cup nonfat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Freshly ground black pepper
For the chicken:
2 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
2 cups buttermilk
1 Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 celery stalk, peeled sliced thin on the bias
Juice of 1 lemon
Method – To prepare the dressing: In a medium mixing bowl, combine the Greek yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice. Stir with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are incorporated. Fold in the blue cheese and chives and season with freshly ground black pepper. Refrigerate the dressing until ready to use. (This dressing can be made 3 days in advance.)
To prepare the chicken: Place the chicken breasts and buttermilk in a medium sauté pan and bring to a simmer. The buttermilk will appear to curdle or break—this is okay, as the milk will be discarded once the chicken is cooked, simmer the chicken in the milk for 20 minutes or until the chicken is just cooked through. Remove from heat and lift the chicken from the buttermilk. Refrigerate the chicken for 30 minutes. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Add the apple, dried apricots, red onion, celery, and lemon juice to the bowl and mix together until combined. Fold in the dressing until fully incorporated and season with salt if desired.
Assembly – Divide the chicken salad among 4 plates.

And in order to help consumers find out what’s really in the food they’re currently feeding their dogs, IAMS created www.WhatsReallyInYourBowl.com. Visit the interactive site to compare new IAMS So Good! against Pedigree, Beneful, Dog Chow and Kibbles ‘n Bits. To learn more, pet owners can also visit IAMS.com/SoGood.

This post is part of a sponsored conversation with She Speaks but as is always the case all opinions are my own!

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