Healthy Greens for Dogs to Eat
I love preparing healthy, raw dog food for Dexter. In the early years, I home cooked his food in a big slow cooker. A turkey roaster, to be exact. Over the years, I have slowly transitioned Dexter to a fully balanced raw diet for dogs. Mostly, DIY raw.
Once again, I’m in a transitional period when creating Dexter’s balanced raw diet. I previously mixed what I referred to as “meal sets,” which included raw meat and bones, organs, healthy vegetables for dogs, and nutritional fruits. Then, I would portion three days of food into a glass container and store in one of his two freezers. At the time of feeding, I would add various fats and herbs to complete his meal. Voila!
What I am doing now, is preparing just the meat, bone, and organ blends and freezing. Then, I am making various vegetable blends, fruit blends, and veg and fruit blends. I take these nutritional blends and freeze into 1-cup portions. I choose which blend to thaw for Dexter’s upcoming meals.
Why the change? I love rotation! I feel rotating anything I can helps to ensure a better-balanced dog food over time. By prepping Dexter’s raw meat blends and his vegetable-and-fruit blends separately, I’m able to provide him with even more variety in nutrition and vitamins than before. I currently have five different meat blends and seven different vegetable and/or fruit blends in Dexter’s freezers.
For those of you who know me, you know I love to provide Dexter with rubber chews filled with healthy foods then frozen. Now, those foods are these blends! Every calorie counts, and every calorie has a nutritional benefit and need behind them. Today, I wanted to share Dexter’s Super Green Mix. Again, this is rotated into his raw-food diet along with other blends, herbs, and oils. I hope your dog enjoys this pureed vegetable blend for dogs as much as Dexter.
Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts for Dogs
Brussels sprouts are rich with dietary fiber and vitamins such as vitamin K and vitamin C. Antioxidants, you bet! These little balls of goodness pack a lot of punch. Cruciferous vegetables such as Brussel sprouts tend to be rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
Can Dogs Eat Green Peppers?
Yes! Green peppers are another vegetable….fruit, actually, that dogs can eat in moderation. Bell peppers are also rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Lutein, which may improve eye health, is high in green peppers. If your dog suffers from allergies, red peppers may be something to add to your dog’s food rotation as it is a source of quercetin.
English Cucumber for Dogs
Another healthy…..fruit for dogs, is the English cucumber. This fruit is low in calories, high in water and soluble fiber, making it a great choice for dogs. Yes, wash and puree this with the skins on. English cucumbers are rich in beneficial antioxidants.
Healthy Broccoli for Dogs
This healthy veg for dogs is in the cruciferous family, like Brussels sprouts. Broccoli is high in vitamin C, and is a good source of beta-carotene, potassium, zinc, and B vitamins.
Can Dogs Have Bok Choy?
Yes! Bok choy, or white cabbage also belongs in the cruciferous family of vegetables. Cruciferous vegetables are said to have anti-cancerous properties. This dog-safe vegetable contains folate, vitamin C, E, selenium, iron, zinc, calcium, and beta-carotene. Bok choy is an excellent choice to help fight inflammation.
Is Kale Healthy for Dogs
You bet! Kale is considered one of the most nutritional foods on the planet! This leafy green for dogs is chock full of vitamin A, K, C and beta-carotene. Kale is low in calories and fat, making this an ideal vegetable for dogs. Kale contains antioxidants such as quercetin, making it helpful for allergies and heart-healthy.
|Prep Time||30 Minutes|
- 16 ounce Organic Brussels Sprouts
- 1 whole Organic Green Peppers remove seeds
- 1 whole Organic English Cucumber
- 1 bunch Organic Broccoli
- 1 bunch Organic Bok Choy
- 8 stems and leaves Organic Kale
- Puree above ingredients and portion out into smaller portions, then freeze.
- Thaw and mix in with your dog's fresh food diet or as a food topper.
As always, please introduce foods to your dog slowly. Dexter's vegetable and/or fruit blends make up approximately 10% or less of Dexter's daily caloric intake.
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