Simply Nourish Information
Simply Nourish is an elusive brand, and there is minimal information available online regarding the brand. However, from our research, we were able to find out that they were founded in 1972 and are owned by American Nutrition.
However, in 2020, it was reported that C.J. Foods was to acquire American Nutrition and its brands. This merger has led to the creation of a new brand name – Alphia.
While it is hard to find information on what other pet food brands these companies produce food for, we also found information that Alphia is the manufacturer of Dr Tim’s pet food.
Older research suggested that Simply Nourish products are produced at three facilities in the United States and that none of their production took place outside of the United States.
These production facilities where Simply Nourish pet food was made were located in Woodland WA, Ogden UT, and Hazelton, PA.
However, following the merger, it isn’t clear if these are the same locations where their food is produced as Alphia also has facilities in other locations such as Pawnee City NE, and Baxter Springs KS.
At this time, Simply Nourish’s products are only available to purchase from PetSmart and Chewy (which, if you didn’t know, is also owned by PetSmart).
However, we will note that only a limited selection of Simply Nourish recipes are available on Chewy, and this selection doesn’t include any of their wet/canned dog food.
The brand has occasionally been available for purchase on other websites such as Amazon, but we believe this to be from unauthorized resellers, and we would encourage caution when purchasing despite the convenience.
Simply Nourish Product Range
Simply Nourish has a large range of dog food recipes split among a number of sub-ranges. Some examples of these sub-ranges include Source, Limited Ingredient, Natural Solutions.
The product range as a whole includes a mix of the two most popular forms of dog food which are dry dog food and wet/canned dog food.
Within this range of dry food recipes, there is some significant variety beyond standard adult dog food. There are niche recipes for puppies, large breed dogs, small breed dogs, and recipes for those with allergies or sensitivities.
Simply Nourish also has a strong balance of grain-free and grain-inclusive dog food formulas to appeal to both sides of the spectrum.
Simply Nourish’s cat food range is smaller in size than its dog food range but is nonetheless quite similar.
Firstly, Simply Nourish’s cat food range also includes a mix of both dry cat food and wet/canned cat food which is important given how popular wet cat food can be.
In addition, Simply Nourish does produce some niche recipes within their cat food range but not as many as can be found in the dog food range.
To date, we could find niche recipes such as those for adult cats, kittens, senior cats, and indoor cats as well as some specific health issues such as hairballs.
Simply Nourish Nutrition
The nutrition offered by Simply Nourish dog food recipes varies significantly from formula to formula.
Some of their recipes provide significantly above-average nutrition compared to similar brands that are high in protein and fat, while others are loaded up with high proportions of carbohydrates and could be looked at as below average.
In our opinion, the “Source” range is the best offered by Simply Nourish and has the most consistent nutrition, including higher levels of animal-based protein and fat.
Below is an example of the nutrition offered by a Source dry dog food recipe.
As you can see, the protein and fat proportion sum to 65% of the total nutritional value, which is impressive and far above most other dog food recipes.
If you would like to learn more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you read our Dog Food Guide.
The nutrition offered by Simply Nourish cat food is similar to its dog food range in that it is varied between formulas.
There are some cat food recipes that offer excellent nutrition that is far above their competitors, but there are other recipes that have far too much carbohydrate content for a cat.
Nutrition is especially important for Cats as they are obligate carnivores, which means that they require a diet high in animal and fish content.
Despite what many believe, Cats do not need to consume a large portion of plant-based ingredients, and doing so can actually cause health issues.
If you are interested in learning more about feline nutrition, including what it means to be an obligate carnivore, check out our Cat Food Guide.
Simply Nourish Ingredients
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Simply Nourish has a moderate range of meat and fish ingredients in its recipes, and all of the above are considered high-quality additions. This range includes industry favorites such as Chicken, Turkey, and Salmon.
These ingredients are so popular among pet food manufacturers because they are easy to source, affordable, and highly nutritious.
However, Simply Nourish does include some less common ingredients such as Rabbit and Lamb. Ingredients like these are often found in more premium recipes or formulas for pets with severe allergies or sensitivities.
You can learn more about Rabbit’s use in dog food in our article Best Dog Foods With Rabbit.
You can read more about the use of Lamb in dog food in our article Best Dog Food With Lamb.
Other Notable Ingredients
Simply Nourish uses multiple grain ingredients in its recipes, such as Brown Rice and Oatmeal. Grain ingredients can be extremely controversial additions to pet food recipes, with many pet owners refusing to feed their pets food that contains grains.
On the flip side, there is also a large number of pet owners who are strong supporters of grains, especially those that feed their pets food from brands like Purina and Royal Canin.
The grain ingredients that Simply Nourish are considered by some to be some of the better available as they can provide additional nutrition beyond their carbohydrate content and are ‘less’ processed.
Peas are the most common legume ingredient found in dog food, and they feature in many Simply Nourish recipes. They are so abundant in pet food recipes as they are easy to source, affordable, and offer appealing nutrition.
Legumes like Peas can provide a mix of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber.
However, there are concerning links developing between the heavy use of legumes in dog food recipes and an increased rate of Canine Heart Disease in certain dogs.
If you are interested in reading more about this link, read our article on the subject here.
Sweet Potatoes are a starch ingredient that is commonly found in pet food and they are very similar to traditional White Potatoes.
They are an extremely dense source of carbohydrates, which means their portion size needs to be controlled. If they are not, they can cause poor overall nutrition in a dog food recipe.
However, they offer slightly better nutrition than White Potatoes, including select beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Tomato Pomace is a common addition to dog food recipes and is used to add soluble fiber. Soluble Fiber can be important to some dogs in order for them to maintain regular digestion and stools.
However, outside of its fiber content, Tomato Pomace provides very little nutrition to dogs or cats including no protein, fat or carbohydrates.
You can learn more about Tomato Pomace in our article Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.
Canola Oil is a vegetable oil that is commonly used in processed human foods; however, it is sometimes found in pet food, such as those by Simply Nourish.
While its purpose varies, Canola Oil is sometimes added to increase the proportion of fat in a recipe while keeping costs low.
It can also be used as a binding agent in some recipes to help hold the food together and give it a consistent texture.
Learn more about Canola Oil in our article Canola Oil In Dog Food.
Chicken Fat is another regular addition to dog food recipes from low-cost brands to premium brands. It is added to enhance the flavor of recipes as well as increase the proportion of animal fat present.
Chicken Fat is chosen over alternatives, such as Beef Fat, as it is affordable to purchase and easy to source at scale.
Read more about Chicken Fat in our article Chicken Fat In Dog Food.
Simply Nourish Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on what type of animal testing, if any, that Simply Nourish participates in.
This is largely due to the fact that Simply Nourish is an elusive brand with very limited information available online. Unlike most pet food brands, they do not have a dedicated website.
Simply Nourish likely shares its testing and trial procedures with the other brands produced by Alphia.
Many smaller or private label brands like Simply Nourish avoid disclosing information on their testing and trials as they fear customer backlash.
We strongly believe that laboratory and invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which should be eliminated.
Simply Nourish Recalls
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Simply Nourish has undergone a recent recall and is, therefore, no longer a recall-free pet food brand.
In August 2021, The Wet Noses Natural Dog Treat Company of Monroe, Washington, which produces some of Simply Nourish’s pet food, issued a recall due to elevated levels of Vitamin D.
This recall was issued following a regular nutrition test of Simply Nourish food and not because of any reported illnesses or deaths.
You can read more detailed information about this recall on the FDA’s website here.
Elevated levels of Vitamin D is a common cause for recalls in the pet food industry and has been seen in several other well-known brands.
Sustained digestion of food with elevated levels of Vitamin D can cause symptoms such as vomiting, loss of appetite, increased thirst or urination, drooling, and weight loss.
This recall from Simply Nourish affected the below recipes and batches.
- Simply Nourish Frozen Chicken & Veggies 2lb, UPC – 73725792262, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Chicken & Veggies 4.5lb, UPC – 73725792264, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Beef & Barley 2lb, UPC – 73725792266, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Beef & Barley 4.5lb, UPC – 73725792267, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Turkey & Sweet Potato 2lb, UPC – 73725792260, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Turkey & Sweet Potato 4.5lb, UPC – 73725792263, Best By Range – 11/10/2022-1/12/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Pork & Veggies 2lb, UPC – 73725792079 8/26/2022, Best By Range -1/13/2023
- Simply Nourish Frozen Pork & Veggies 4.5lb, UPC – 73725792078 8/26/2022, Best By Range -1/13/2023
Prior to this recall, Simply Nourish was an established brand that has been in operation for decades, with an impressive recall-free record. This pointed towards high standards in relation to safety and quality control.
Regardless of Simply Nourish’s current record, we always suggest that pet owners remain vigilant of any future recalls of Simply Nourish or any other pet food brand.
Best of Simply Nourish
Grain-Free High Protein Source Salmon Recipe Adult Review
The Source range from Simply Nourish is the obvious choice when it comes to picking a favorite. This is due to the excellent nutrition the recipes within this range offer, with the above Salmon recipe providing 34% protein.
This nutritional profile is in line with brands that are considered premium and much more costly than Simply Nourish.
This protein proportion is thanks to a generous portion of Salmon, Salmon Meal, and Chicken Meal. These three ingredients are high-quality sources of protein and fat that can be relied upon.
In addition, Salmon is one of the best sources of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids. These fatty acids are believed by many to provide several health benefits to dogs, such as an improvement in the condition of their skin and coat.
The recipe then uses a mix of Peas and Potatoes to provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
An interesting point to make about these ingredients is that Simply Nourish uses dried versions that already have had their moisture removed. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, many other brands do the opposite and use whole vegetables.
Source Beef & Lamb Stew Adult Review
Simply Nourish’s Source wet dog food recipes are also worth mentioning. Many dogs really enjoy wet/canned dog food as an occasional treat or as a topper for their dry dog food.
Simply Nourish’s wet dog food recipes share the trait of including a large portion of meat and fish ingredients.
This results in an impressive proportion of protein and fat that can fuel a dog’s growth and maintenance.
As the recipe above’s name gives away, the primary meat ingredients present are Beef and Lamb. These red meat ingredients are dense sources of nutrition and are appealing to many dogs thanks to their rich taste.
This canned recipe includes a small portion of plant-based ingredients, which are Sweet Potatoes, Peas, and Tapioca. These starches and legumes provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.
Grain-Free High Protein Source Rabbit & Chicken Adult Cat Review
Many cat owners stick to industry favorites for their dry cat food recipes. These often include ingredients like Salmon, Tuna, or Chicken.
The above recipe from Simply Nourish bucks this trend and utilizes a unique ingredient in Rabbit. Many cat owners have never eaten Rabbit, so it seems strange to be feeding it to your pet, but it is not.
Rabbit has a unique game-like taste and can provide nutrition that is high in animal-based protein.
Rabbit is the primary ingredient, but there are also smaller portions of Chicken and Turkey, which are used to boost the overall proportion of protein and fat to impressive levels.
As with most Simply Nourish grain-free recipes, this one utilizes a mix of Potatoes and Peas as its plant-based ingredients.
These provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and fiber, which is smaller than most of Simply Nourish’s competitors.
Source Trout Recipe Adult Cat Review
All cat owners know that their cats go crazy over good wet/canned food and the above Source recipe from Simply Nourish is likely to have that same effect.
The primary ingredient is Trout, which is a less common fish ingredient to be found in cat food, and others like Tuna, Salmon, or Whitefish are usually favored.
This Trout is combined with Chicken, Whitefish, and Chicken Liver to provide a very satisfactory proportion of protein and fat.
The Chicken Liver is likely to seriously enhance the flavor of the recipe and boost the levels of beneficial vitamins and minerals.
There is a very small portion of Potatoes and Carrots present. These ingredients do provide some carbohydrates and fiber, but the proportion is so small it is not worthy of concern.
Simply Nourish Featured Articles
Best Cheap Dog Food – Simply Nourish is an extremely affordable dog food brand considering the nutrition it can provide.
In addition, while its ingredients aren’t perfect, they tend to be high-quality and in satisfactory proportions. These factors earn Simply Nourish a place in our article on affordable dog food.
Here we discuss some of the best low-cost brands as well as the consequences of low-cost dog food and the corners that many manufacturers cut in order to reduce cost.
Simply Nourish Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Adult
Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Small Breed Adult
Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Large Breed Adult
Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Puppy
Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe Senior
Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb & Pea Recipe Adult
Limited Ingredient Diet Duck & Green Pea Recipe Adult
Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey & Pea Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Salmon Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Beef Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Hunter’s Harvest Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Beef & Bison Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Game Bird Feast Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Large Breed Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Puppy
Grain-Free High Protein Source Fisherman’s Finest Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Small Breed Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Senior
Grain-Free High Protein Source Duck Recipe Adult
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken & Turkey Recipe Adult
Grain-Free Chicken With Peas & Potatoes Recipe Adult
Grain-Free Chicken With Peas & Potatoes Recipe Small Breed Adult
Grain-Free Chicken With Peas & Potatoes Recipe Puppy
Grain-Free Chicken With Peas & Potatoes Recipe Large Breed Adult
Healthy Weight Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult
Healthy Weight Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe Adult
Healthy Weight Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe Small Breed Adult
Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe Adult
Fish & Brown Rice Recipe Adult
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Adult
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Small Breed Adult
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Small Breed Puppy
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Small Breed Senior
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Puppy
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Adult
Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Large Breed Senior
Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe Small Breed Adult
Natural Solutions Hip & Joint Adult
Natural Solutions Skin & Coat Adult
Natural Solutions Adult Gut Health
Wet/Canned Dog Food
Grain-Free Chicken & Beef Stew Adult
Grain-Free Chicken & Vegetable Stew Small Breed Adult
Chicken & Rice Stew Adult
Turkey Recipe Adult
Chicken Recipe Senior
Chicken & Rice Stew Puppy
Chicken Recipe Puppy
Chicken & Pasta Stew Small Breed Adult
Chicken Recipe Small Breed Adult
Chicken & Rice Stew Small Breed Puppy
Source Beef & Lamb Stew Adult
Source Pork & Beef Adult
Source Beef Stew Small Breed Adult
Limited Turkey & Sweet Potato Recipe Adult
Grain Free Venison & Sweet Potato Recipe
Dry Cat Food
Grain-Free High Protein Source Fish & Chicken Recipe Adult Indoor Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken & Turkey Recipe Kitten
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken & Turkey Recipe Adult Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Rabbit & Chicken Adult Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Salmon Adult Indoor Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Chicken Recipe Adult Indoor Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Fisherman’s Feast Adult Cat
Grain-Free High Protein Source Poultry Platter Adult Cat
Grain-Free Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Grain-Free Chicken & Pea Recipe Adult Cat
Grain-Free Chicken & Pea Recipe Kitten
Grain-Free Salmon & Pea Recipe Adult Cat
Indoor Turkey & Oatmeal Recipe Adult Cat
Indoor Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe Adult Cat
Indoor Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe Hairball Adult Cat
Indoor Salmon & Oatmeal Recipe Adult Cat
Chicken & Rice Recipe Kitten
Chicken & Rice Recipe Senior Cat
Healthy Weight Turkey & Rice Recipe Adult Cat
Wet/Canned Cat Food
Source Chicken & Turkey Stew Adult Cat
Source Chicken Recipe Kitten
Source Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Source Duck Recipe Adult Cat
Source Trout Recipe Adult Cat
Source Venison Recipe Adult Cat
Source Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Grain-Free Chicken & Salmon Stew Adult Cat
Grain-Free Tuna & Chicken Stew Adult Cat
Grain-Free Chicken Stew Kitten
Grain-Free Seafood Stew Adult Cat
Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Ocean Whitefish & Potato Recipe Adult Cat
Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Duck & Pea Recipe Adult Cat
Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Salmon Recipe Adult Cat
Indoor Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Salmon Recipe Adult Cat
Chicken Recipe Kitten
Turkey & Pumpkin Recipe Adult Cat
Tuna & Shrimp Stew Adult Cat
Chicken Recipe Senior Cat
Chicken Recipe Kitten
Essentials Indoor Tuna Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Indoor Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Tuna Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Tender Chicken Recipe Kitten
Essentials Chicken Recipe Kitten
Essentials Salmon Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Salmon Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Chicken Recipe Adult Cat
Essentials Tuna Recipe Adult Cat
In our simply nourish wet dog food, why is there a heaping tablespoon of peas in the can of food? Peas of any kind are a no no for dogs. Peas cause heart failure in dogs. Peas are one of the foods dogs are not suppose to eat. Our dogs love the can food and I pick out the peas before feeding them.