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The Simple Food Project Dog Food Review

If you read my previous post on dog food and what I am looking for when I choose a food for my Siberian Huskies, I mentioned that I believe that the best way to feed your dog is a raw or homemade diet. Feeding raw or;l homemade, you can avoid all the additives and artificial ingredients that dry dog food contains.  However, many people do not have the time or feel comfortable making their own dog food. Some people may also not like the idea of handling or feeding their dog raw meat. When The Simple Food Project approached me and told me about how they are giving a solution to both of those issues, I knew it was something I had to try out with my huskies and share with my readers.

Echo is ready to dig in!

What I liked about The Simple Food Project: Helping owners find the best diet suitable for their dog is one of my passions. Just like in our own human food, the pet industry is filled with foods that are heavily processed and filled with artificial ingredients that are completely unnecessary and harmful for dogs. Eating simpler and healthier foods is not only good for you, but for your dog too. The Simple Food Project uses fresh whole food ingredients in their recipes. One of the first things I really liked about their dog food is that all of the ingredients are fresh foods you could find in a grocery store. All of their vitamins and minerals come from these natural sources and meet the AAFCO requirements for adult dog food. There is not a need to add in extra synthetic vitamins. I am a big believer in giving your dog variety in their diet. The Simple Food Project offers three different recipes that provide that variety. You can read about their recipes and why that variety is important on the Simple Food Project website: recipes and variety.

How did the huskies like The Simple Food Project? When it comes to dog food, one of the most important things after the nutrition and ingredients, is will your dog eat it happily. Siberian Huskies are one of the dog breeds known for being picky eaters. Their metabolisms are different from most other dogs due to their original purpose as long distance sled dogs. If they do not favor a food, they are perfectly fine not eating and they will continue to not eat to even dangerous lengths. When Gracie was a young dog, a vet told me that she would not starve herself and if I do not add anything or change her food, she would eventually eat her food. Dogs naturally do not starve themselves. However, Gracie disagreed. I told the vet that she would go days without eating and the vet told me to not switch out her dry food, again saying she will eat when she gets hungry enough. Long story short, this did not work and Gracie went way too many days without eating on the vet’s advice and I ended up switching her to a new food that she liked better.  Now that I know more about dogs and nutrition, I know that the real cause of Gracie’s issues was that I was feeding her too much and she would overeat and then fast herself. If your dog is not eating, do not try to starve them. They may naturally fast themselves if they have an upset stomach or, like Gracie, ate too much. Anything more than a day is too long though. Food, just like with humans, is a dog’s source of energy and nutrients. They need a balanced diet. Fresh foods, like in The Simple Food Project, are much more appealing to dogs’ taste buds. Also, switching up what your dog is eating will help keep them interested in their next meal. I give my dogs different food for breakfast and dinner. My huskies loved eating the food from The Simple Food Project. I tried all three recipes with them. I tried The Simple Food Project dog food both by itself as a complete meal and mixed with dry dog food. I understand that not everyone can afford freeze dried raw food for their dogs, especially large and giant breed dog owners or people with multiple dogs. Mixing it in with your usual dry dog food can also give your dog the benefits of whole foods. If you are going to add something to your dog’s food, like fresh foods or freeze dried dog food, be sure to lessen the amount of dry food you are giving accordingly. I did a 50/50 mix, meaning I gave them half of the amount of dry food they would normally eat and half of The Simple Food Project food.

A Girl and Her Husky’s overall thoughts on The Simple Food Project:

Overall, I really loved The Simple Food Project. If I could afford to feed it all the time to my dogs, I would. While it is cheaper than most of the other freeze dried and whole food dog foods on the market, it still is pricey to feed three Siberian Huskies! However, I can afford to add a little bit in with my dry dog food and still get the benefits of having some whole foods in my dogs diet. This food meets all of my big requirements that I look for in dog food (you can check those out here.) I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to feed their dog a better whole food diet, especially if you do not have the time or desire to make it yourself. The Simple Food Project gave me a coupon code to share with my readers as well. Enter the code AGIRL at checkout for 10% off of their 1.5, 3, and 6 pound boxes of food.

Have you considered supplementing your dog’s diet with fresh foods? If so, what do you add?

Thanks for reading,

Katie, Gracie, Echo, and Yoshi

Disclosure: A Girl and Her Husky received dog food from The Simple Food Project in return for an honest review. All opinions in this post are my own. All images are property of A Girl and Her Husky – please do not use without permission.

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26 thoughts on “The Simple Food Project Dog Food Review

  1. Hmm I didn’t realize that Huskies were picky eaters? Sounds like felines! I’m glad that your dogs like the Simple food project brand. Like you said, cost can be pricey but at least adding a little bit will help improve their overall be health. We do the best we can . Thanks for sharing.

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  2. The Simple Food Project sounds like a great product. My husband makes Buffy’s food about once a month and we freeze it. She gets it mixed with some kibble and some leftovers. Making a big batch and freezing it has worked well.

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  3. I love to watch the increase in the variety of whole food products.I remember the days when there was kibble, home-made raw, and one freeze-dried formula out there and that was it.

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  4. Icy used to freak me out when she just woudn’t eat sometimes, but I realized she just didn’t feel she needed it! I always joke that she thinks she’s a Vogue model LOL! She never goes an entire day without eating unless something is wrong like a tummy upset though. I like adding wet or home cooked food to my dogs dry food too, and they seem to love it. This looks like a well balanced, convenient pet food, thanks for sharing.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  5. As a pet nutrition geek, I love it when people learn more and make informed decisions for their pet and lifestyle. When it comes to pet nutrition, one size does NOT fit all- and I’m THRILLED you’re finding what works best for you and your dogs!

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  6. This sounds like a wonderful product – I clicked right through to see if there was a cat version. Sadly no. My cats love Stella and Chewys but it’s not super affordable feeding a large feline family. I save it for “road food” for my show cats and do DIY raw at home.

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful food idea. I perfectly understand Gracie – my boy Wolfie is the same way. He, still at 10, will go for a day or two without eating and he is a slender Husky! Now his sister Chloe on the other hand, will eat until she explodes, so she has to be watched. Now if I could just merge their two appetites…this sounds like a wonderful idea. Thank you for the great review. I do add homemade food, organic fruits and veggies to my Huskies’ dry as well. 🙂

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  8. I think followed this. I give my dog food the Vet prescribed. I’m not sure I’d make my own. My dog was getting urinary tract infections and when we switched him to the prescription food, that hasn’t happened. I do have to watch fat content of everything I give him though.

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  9. It looks like something my dogs would like! They eat a combination of kibble as well as a commercially prepared fresh (cooked) food as circumstances allow. My dogs are also happy to eat raw or cooked vegetables as treats.

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  10. It is great that today we have options and not only the awful kibbles, but I still prefer cooking for Layla as for her it is better as in the past raw foods put her at the vet from being so ill. Plus as you say a lot of them are really costly

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  11. I’m glad there are now options for many pet parents to find the best choice for their dogs. I don’t home cook or feed raw, but do offer fresh foods to Bravo’s kibble (that includes dehydrated raw from time to time). He’s only 6 months and growing like a weed, so it’s important to me that he eats well with optimal nutrition.

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  12. Looks like an interesting food option! I feed my boys raw so don’t need to buy commercial dog food, but I get that some people don’t want to or can’t feed raw so I’m glad there are healthy options out here. I have a dog like your Gracie. He’s an Alaskan Klee Kai, and he refuses to eat if he’s not interested in the food. I know people say to just wait it out and they’ll eat eventually but my boy is so thin that I worry when he goes too long without eating. Luckily he looooves his raw food!

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  13. I am one who is totally uncomfortable making my dog’s food. I have enough trouble making my own! And I’ll admit, time is an issue, too. I’ll have to check this Simple Food Project thing out!

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  14. This sounds like an excellent idea for raw food feeding. I tried raw feeding for my cats but the supplements I had to buy to add and t the cost of the ingredients was a barrier for me. The final stray was when the cats sniffed my labor of love, looked up at me with a “you’ve got to be kidding me” expression, swished their tails and marched out of the kitchen.
    Anita, the Purrsonal Assistant to The Tribe of Five

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  15. We feed our dogs raw prepared mince, its frozen, so you don’t have to worry about handling it or getting the right composition. I’ve never tried freeze dried raw dog food, its interesting and might be something to think about when we go away and its harder to take lots of frozen food with us.

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  16. Thanks for such an informative post!! I agree there is way too much crap in pet food for my liking, and the Simple Food Project sounds great. It’s true quality can often come with a price, so even adding some to a dog’s existing diet will be beneficial. Jack eats a very good quality canned food, and I add raw to it so he gets the benefits. I never expected him to like it because he’s very fussy, but he loves it!!

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  17. I am kind of scared to feed my pets raw food because I have no idea what I’m doing when it comes to raw lol 😀 But this sounds like a great option, I’ll have to check if they make cat food too.

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    1. Yes, premade raw definitely helps if you feel unsure about it. They do not currently have a cat food, but maybe they’ll come out with on eventually! I do like Northwest Naturals as another option for premade raw. They have frozen and freeze dried options for cats.

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  18. I like the idea of this and with so many foods packed with fillers it sounds like doggy heaven!. I can understand why you would find it tough to feed all three dogs a premium diet. We are the same with our cats so I TOTALLY see your point. I would LOVE something like this for my cats * sigh * Can you ask them?

    NO WAIT I have way more than a handful!!!!!!!

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  19. Very interesting! I have been reading more and more about the freeze dried raw diets, and admit I’m intrigued by them. I still worry about food pathogens…but considering that lettuce is one of the worst offenders for human-based outbreaks this year, maybe I should be more concerned about the cabbage I give my dogs! I love the tip about not overfeeding and allowing your dog to fast if needed. I think we can all learn a lot from paying closer attention to what our dogs tell us. As for a picky dog not starving itself….yeah, seen plenty of dogs completely refuse to eat a food they hated in my years in Vet med. I call BS on that vet’s advice to you!

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