We have tried just about every Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw product on the market, so when a new variety became available I knew we had to give it a try! This month we are reviewing the new Instinct Raw Market Meal Blends in beef as part of the Chewy Influencer program.
If you’re familiar with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers, the chunks of protein will look exactly the same. The meal blends take that same freeze-dried raw meat and add freeze-dried fruits and vegetables to the mix to create a complete balanced diet.
Look at all those fruits and veggies! I was right away able to pick out blueberries, peas, butternut squash and pears. The full ingredients are:
Beef, Beef Liver, Beef Kidney, Apples, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Pumpkinseeds, Blueberries, Tricalcium Phosphate, Montmorillonite Clay, Salmon Oil, Potassium Chloride, Organic Carrots, Organic Pears, Organic Butternut Squash, Cod Liver Oil, Salt, Dried Kelp, Organic Cranberries, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Rosemary Extract.
I was really pleased with the addition two kinds of fish oils plus turmeric! Fish oils are great for skin and coat health and for joint support while turmeric is said to reduce inflammation (something I’m very interested in with two senior pups).
To feed as a meal, you just add warm water and let it sit for a few minutes to rehydrate. That said, you could definitely use these meal blends like you would the Raw Boost Mixers if you wanted an option that had more fruit/vegetable content. It would also make great little training treats if your dogs like fruits and vegetables (and Pug does).
The food won’t suck up all of the water, but both of my dogs happily lapped up the now purple beef flavored water.
My only issue with the Meal Blends was the suggested serving sizes on the bag were huge. Even going by the “weight loss” guide, it was twice as much as I would normally feed Pug! So, keep that in mind and use your best judgment. When I supplement with raw I try to replace at a 1:1 ratio to kibble.
Overall I think the Instinct Raw Market Meal Blends are a fabulous addition to the Instinct Raw lineup. I love when you can look at the food and see the whole ingredients your dog is getting. A lot of raw foods have fruits and vegetables blended in, but I really prefer the chunks.
Of course, if your dog is picky this could be a problem. For some reason Pug left all his peas behind in his bowl! He normally loves all vegetables and he did end up going back and finishing them off, but it was pretty funny to see a pile of peas shoved to the side of his otherwise empty dish.
So, if they aren’t keen on fruits and veggies, you may want to stick to a product that has the produce blended in and hidden.
It’s a versatile product as I’ve pointed out – it can be used as treats, complete meal or as a mixer or supplement to your dog’s regular diet. It’s also a convenient way to feed raw since it’s shelf stable and travel friendly. I personally try to incorporate at least 10% raw food into my dog’s diet and I encourage everyone to try to shoot for that amount. The Meal Blends are another great tool in the raw feeding arsenal.
Disclaimer: This bag of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Market Meal Blends was sent to me for free from Chewy.com in exchange for an honest review. As always, I never recommend any products I don’t truly love!