Nature’s Recipe

Last updated date: December 7, 2018

DWYM Score
7.4

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Overall Take

Nature's Recipe is a great value for its price point and offers a variety of products for different dietary needs. In our analysis of 129 expert reviews, the Nature's Recipe Nature's Recipe placed 11th when we looked at the top 18 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note May 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Dry Dog Food for a detailed review of all the top dry dog food.

Expert Summarized Score
6.4
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.5
1,188 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Plus: - Most mineral listings read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption).
- Petsumer Report
Salmon is the first ingredient and cheap grain free alternative.
- Pet Foodio
I switched my dog to Nature’s Choice and have seen a huge improvement in him. He’s much more active, he’s now at a healthy weight and not all skin and bones. His fur us more shiny and he doesn’t stink like he used to.
- Dog Food Guru
November 20, 2014 | Full review
Customer reviews of Nature’s Recipe dog food formulas are mixed to positive. Many dog owners report that they’re able to feed Nature’s Recipe to their dogs with good results.
- PetFoodTalk.com
November 5, 2010 | Full review
Nature’s Recipe has a wide range of products featuring chicken, salmon, turkey, beef, venison, and lamb. They also have vegetarian and grain-free dog foods. They produce foods for puppies, seniors, adult dogs, large breed puppies, and for many dogs with special needs such as skin conditions, digestion problems, small breeds, and weight control. Their food comes in both canned and dry kibble forms. Their products are widely available at most larger pet food stores and online.
- Dog Food Insider
January 20, 2016 | Full review
Overall, this is a decent brand that you can feed your dog, and they’ll live a relatively healthy life. It's not the best dog food around, but it is a great dog food. Other Natures Recipe reviews agree.
- Here Pup
What experts didn't like
Minus: - This food does not appear to contain probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). - Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium. - Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity); a controversial synthetic Vitamin K. - Contains copper sulfate, supplement recently linked to liver disease. - Supplements can be sourced from China; risk of poor quality control.
- Petsumer Report
Too many controversial ingredients used.
- Pet Foodio
For some reason our dog found this food undigestable, began to vomit her dinner every morning. One could still see the chunks of the food.
- Dog Food Advisor
Nature’s Choice is much more expensive than what I was paying for Pedigree
- Dog Food Guru
November 20, 2014 | Full review
However, some dogs seem to have gastrointestinal symptoms such as runny diarrhea and smelly gas when fed Nature’s Recipe dog food formulas.
- PetFoodTalk.com
November 5, 2010 | Full review
Consider Nature’s Recipe for your next affordable dog food brand option.
- Here Pup

From The Manufacturer

Nature's Recipe Grain Free Easy to Digest Chicken, Sweet Potato & Pumpkin Recipe is a flavorful premium dog food with real chicken as the #1 ingredient. Tasty sweet potato and pumpkin are highly digestible, grain-free sources of carbohydrates for sustained energy. With a taste that dogs love plus the nutrition they need, this grain-free dog food for easy digestion will help your best friend thrive!

Overall Product Rankings

1. Wellness Core
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Orijen Tundra
Overall Score: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Taste of the Wild Grain Free
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 8
4. CANIDAE All Life Stages
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 8
5. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 7
6. American Journey
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
7. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 8
8. Fromm Classic
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Horizon Dog Food
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 5
10. Natural Balance Dog Food
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 7
11. Nature’s Recipe
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 8
12. Iams ProActive Health
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 6
13. Royal Canin
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7
14. Diamond Naturals Dry Food for Adult Dog
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 8
15. Purina ONE SmartBlend Natural Formula
Overall Score: 5.6
Expert Reviews: 6
16. Hill’s Science Diet Adult Sensitive
Overall Score: 5.5
Expert Reviews: 4
17. Pedigree Adult Complete
Overall Score: 5.3
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Dry Dog Food

Dogs are like members of our families, so of course, we want to keep them as healthy and happy as possible. The foundation for that is proper nutrition. A consistent, high-quality diet is the key to keeping your dog looking and feeling great. Feeding your dog the best dog food will keep them functioning at their best and can ward off chronic diseases, leading to a longer life. Dry dog food is very common and convenient, as it does not require refrigeration.

There’s a ton of different types of dry dog food out there, so the choices can be overwhelming.  You should look for dog food that is labeled as “complete and balanced,” which means the food contains the minimum amount of all the nutrients necessary for dogs. This standard is regulated by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. Keep in mind that buzzwords like “premium” and “immune supporting” are not regulated and should not carry much weight in your choice.

Just as with human food, you want to make sure your dog is eating a diet with real, whole foods and one that is free from artificial preservatives and additives. Make sure your dog’s food contains a high-quality animal protein source, like lamb, chicken or turkey. Leading brands, such as Orijen Tundra, contain multiple protein sources, including chicken, turkey, flounder and egg.

Many veterinarians recommend avoiding dog food that contains grains like corn, wheat and soy, as dogs do not need these starches. Although many healthy dog foods contain carbohydrates in the form of fruit and vegetables, brands like Taste of the Wild tout their grain-free recipe.

Other healthy ingredients include probiotics, which benefit the intestinal and immune systems, and minerals. Minerals should be chelated or proteinated for maximum absorption.

Some dogs need special diets, and diets should be adjusted for puppies and senior dogs. The right dog food for your pet will meet all of their needs and come at an affordable price.

DYWM Fun Fact

Dogs have been humans’ companions for more than 30,000 years. In the beginning, man’s best friend’s diet did not get the consideration it does today. Dogs generally ate the scraps that were left over from their humans. Around 1860, businessman James Spratt introduced the first commercially prepared dog food. Official nutritional requirements for dogs and cats were established in the mid-1980s. Dry dog food, or “kibble” as we know it today, became popular in the 1950s.

As of 2017, commercial pet food was a $26 billion industry. These days, a lot of pet parents are turning to online retailers like Amazon and Chewy to get their dog food delivered straight to their door.

The Dry Dog Food Buying Guide

  • Make sure to feed your dog the proper amount. Overfeeding your dog ups their risk of obesity and associated health problems. There are some formulas to determine how much you should be feeding your dog depending on their size and breed, and your veterinarian can also provide you with guidance.
  • Puppies need small, frequent meals, while adult dogs can eat just one to two meals per day. Some dogs are grazers, meaning that they will eat small amounts throughout the day, but many more will eat all the food that is given to them at a time, which is why it’s important not to overfeed them.
  • Price is an important factor in dog food, as it’s one of the major ongoing expenses associated with being a pet owner. A higher price tag does not necessarily translate to a superior product. A moderately priced brand such as Nature’s Recipe scores high marks for its quality.
  • To keep your dog’s food fresh, make sure it is sealed. Some brands come with resealable tops, or you can put it in an airtight container, preferably made of glass or stainless steel. Make sure you keep your dog food in a cool, dry place. Moisture and heat can compromise the food’s safety and quality.
  • Just like human food, dog food has an expiration date. Dry dog food is generally good for one year. Never give your dog food that smells or looks spoiled.
  • It’s important that the food you choose is a good fit for your dog. If your dog rejects a food or it makes them sick, it may not be the optimal choice for them. Consult with your veterinarian to find the type of food that’s best for your pet.
  • Make sure you wash the bowls your dog eats and drinks from regularly, ideally every day. Once a week, they should be sanitized with a bleach solution. Stainless steel bowls are the easiest to keep clean.