Health Benefits of Butternut Squash
Healthy Homemade Dog Treat Recipes for Your Dogs: Dehydrated Butternut Squash
It can be tough to find the best healthy dog treats for your favorite canine. Even searching the internet looking for healthy homemade dog treat recipes can be tricky. Sometimes you may find a recipe for ‘healthy dog treats’ and it’s filled with things like flour, sugar, or dairy. For me, this does not constitute a healthy dog treat. It may be cute, but I’m likely to keep searching.
Today it’s going to be all about the power food butternut squash, and nothing else. Like our friend the pumpkin, butternut squash is actually a fruit, not a vegetable. Fruits are the part of flowering plants that contain the seeds. The other parts such as stems, leaves and roots are considered vegetables. I know, the grocery store says otherwise, but it really doesn’t matter; both fruits and vegetables are good for us. 😉
Now what makes a butternut squash so healthy for us and our dogs and cats? A butternut squash may not look like much from the outside, but once you cut into this power fruit, you will see the bright orange meat signaling that it is high in antioxidant beta carotene, which may assist in preventing cancer and heart disease. Butternut squash is also packed with phytonutrients. Phytochemicals, or “Phyto,” are plant-based nutrients that have been shown to provide health benefits, particularly with our cell function, organs, immune system, and detoxification.
Butternut squash is low in fat and has a nice amount of dietary fiber and folate content, making this another heart-healthy treat for dogs, cats, and you! This fruit is filled with potassium, which is good for bone health, and vitamin B6, an essential vitamin for the nervous and immune system. Toss in a healthy dose of vitamin C, and you can see why butternut squash is another great super food.
So let’s get to it. Let’s use this super food to make a healthy dog treat.
Do you make homemade dog or cat treats for your pets? Tell me in the comments.
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