Food Charts

Have a look at the foundational knowledge behind our meal formulations. From food pyramids to food energetics, The Simple Food Project was founded on a firm understanding of the canine’s biological dietary needs, and how certain foods can affect the body.

Food Pyramid for Dogs

Dog Food Pyramid: primarily meat (organ & skeletal), some veggies, some fruits, little to no grains

Food Energetics

Yin is qualities of inward, quiet, nighttime, maternal, cool and fluids. Yin tonics are foods which tonify the coolness and fluids of the body. Signs of Yang excess include seeking cool places, panting, thirst, red eyes, panting at night, dry skin, dry cough and restlessness.

We make it simple: The Simple Food Project’s Duck & Trout Recipe is a ready-to-serve cooling formula!

MeatsFishVeggiesFruitGrainsMisc.
DuckClamBambooAppleBarleyDuck Egg
RabbitCodBroccoliBananaBuckwheatFlax Seed Oil
 CrabCauliflowerCranberryJob’s TearsMarjoram
 ScallopCeleryKiwiMilletPeppermint
 WhitefishChlorellaLemonMung BeanSalt
  CucumberMangoWheatSesame Oil
  EggplantOrangeWild RiceTofu
  KelpPear Yogurt
  LettuceStrawberry  
  MushroomTangerine  
  SeaweedWatermelon  
  Spirulina   
  Tomato   
  Yellow Soy Bean   

Generally neutral foods will tonify Qi and blood and harmonize Yin and Yang. They can be used in combination with other types of foods to add vareity and choice or to decrease the harshness of a very cold or very hot diet.

We make it simple: The Simple Food Project’s Beef & Salmon Recipe is a ready-to-serve neutral formula!

MeatsFishVeggiesFruitGrainsMisc.
BeefCarpAduki BeanPapayaBrown RiceCheese
Beef LiverCatfishBlack Soy BeanPineappleLentilsChicken Egg
GooseHerringBeet RootPomegranateRyeCow’s Milk
PorkMackerelBroad BeanRaspberriesWhite RiceFlax Seed
Pork LiverSalmonCabbage  Peanut
Pork KidneysSardineCarrots  Peanut Oil
Pork FeetSturgeonGreen Beans  Sesame Seed
QuailTunaKidney Beans   
Tripe Peas   
Bison Pumpkin   
  Potato   
  Red Bean   
  Shiitake Mushroom   
  String Beans   
  Yam   
Qi tonic foods are foods that warm the body allowing the body to develop and maintain warmth. Qi deficiency is seen as general weakness, fatigue, exercise intolerance, poor appetite, chronic diarrhea, loss of body weight, muscle atrophy, shortness of breath, asthma and/or urinary or fecal incontinence.

We make it simple: The Simple Food Project’s Chicken & Turkey Recipe is a ready-to-serve warming formula!



Meats Fish Veggies Fruit Grains Nuts/Seeds Misc.
Chicken Anchovy Black Bean Cassio Fruit Oats Chesnut Basil
Chicken Liver Lobster Squash Cherry Sorghum Coconut Bay Leaf
Ham Mussel Sweet Potato Date Sweet Rice Pine Nut Brown Sugar
Pheasant Prawn Peach Walnut Cinnamon
Turkey Shrimp Longan Clove
Dill Seed
Ginger
Fennel Seed
Goat’s Milk
Molasses
Nutmeg
Rosemary
Sage
Thyme
Turmeric
Vinegar
Yang is the opposite of yin. Yang qualities include outward, active, male, daytime, heat and inflammation. Yang tonic foods are the hottest or most heat generating foods. Yang deficiency animals are heat seeking, i.e. lie in front of fires or under bedcovers, have coldness to ears, nose, back and limbs.



Meats Fish Veggies
Lamb Trout Cayenne Pepper
Mutton
Sheep Kidney
Venison

Signs of Yin deficiency include seeking cool places, panting, thirst, red eyes, panting at night, dry skin, dry cough, and restlessness.


MeatsFishVeggiesFruitGrainsMisc.
BeefClamAsparagusAppleBarleyCheese
DuckCodBeetBananaMilletChicken Egg
PorkCrabBlack BeanBlackberryQuinoaCow Milk
Pork FeetOysterChlorellaLemonRiceDuck Egg
Pork KidneySardineKidney BeanMangoWheatGoat Milk
RabbitWhitefishMung BeanMangoWheat GermHoney
  PeasMulberry Tofu
  SpirulinaPear Yogurt
  String BeansPineapple  
  TomatoRaspberries  
   Watermelon  

Signs of blood deficiency include History of blood loss/anemia, pale white gums, dry flakey dandruff coat, dry cracked paw pads, lack of stamina.


MeatsFishVeggiesFruitGrainsMisc.
BeefOysterAduki BeansFigBarleyBlack Sesame Seed
Bone MarrowSardineAlfalfa SproutDateCornChicken Egg
Heart ArtichokeLonganOatsDuck Egg
Liver Beet Root RiceParsley
Pork Carrot Sweet RiceMolasses
Pork Skin Dark Leafy Veggies Wheat BranSoy Milk
  Kelp   
  Kidney Bean   
  Spinach   
  Watercress   

Signs of phlegm include Stinky greasy dog coat, “Dog smell”, goopy eyes, ear discharges, hot spots, gooey cough.


FishVeggiesFruitNuts/SeedsMisc.
ClamKelpAppleAlmondBasil
CrabOliveGrapefruit PeelWalnutCaraway
LobsterPepperLemon Peel Cardamon
PrawnRadishOrange Peel Fennel Seed
ShrimpSeaweedPear Pepper
 Shiitake Mushroom  Peppermint
 Water Chesnut  Rosemary
    Thyme

Signs of dampness include stiffness (worse in damp weather), obesity, weepy lesions without heat, and loose stool. Some examples of foods that form dampness are sugar, yeast, wheat, saturated fats, roasted peanuts, dairy products, bread, pork, bananas, and concentrated juices.


FishVeggiesFruitGrainsMisc.
AnchovyAduki BeansCranberryBarleyGreen Tea
MackerelAlfalfa SproutLemonBuckwheatHorseradish
SardineAsparagusPapayaCornJasmine Tea
 Celery Job’s TearsMarjoram
 Kidney Bean LentilsParsley
 Lettuce RyePepper
 Mushroom   
 Pumpkin   
 Radish   
 Seaweed   
 Turnip   

Vitamin Sources for dogs

LiverCarrotBroccoliMilk
Sweet PotatoButterKalePeas
SpinachCollard GreensCheddar CheeseMango
Cantaloupe/MelonEggApricotPapaya
Animal Livers
Citrus Fruits
Rose Hips
Seeds/Seed OilsNut/Nut OilsGreen, Leafy Veggies
TomatoesPumpkinSweet Potato
RockfishMangoAsparagus
BroccoliPapayaOlives

Foods that are toxic to animals and should never be fed:


AlcoholGrape/RaisinPersimmon
Apricot PitMacadamia NutPlum
Avocado PeelMustard LeafScallion
Cherry PitMustard SeedRaw Yeast/Dough
ChocolateOnion