ROMAINE CALM! ADDING GREENS TO YOUR PET'S DIET CAN BE EASY

03/05/18

 

If you are looking for a fun new way to give your pet’s diet a boost, adding in vegetables and fruits can be a tasty and healthy way to do that! Leafy greens are considered superfoods. They are loaded with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. Our yummy frosty green treat is a great way to introduce a different variety of veggies & fruits to your pet who might not be interested in chomping down on some raw kale or parsley!

We’ve made this frozen treat using coconut oil, plain Greek yogurt and low sodium chicken broth as the base. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, is great for skin & coat and aids in digestion. For cats, substituting the chicken broth with tuna or fish oil might be a little more enticing and a great way to get those omega’s. It’s also important to use an appropriate size mold or ice cube tray for your pet.

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ¼ cup spinach (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. of parsley (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp. of fresh mint (chopped)
  • ½ pear (chopped)

Instructions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the coconut oil, yogurt and broth.
  2. Add in your choice of green ingredients (stick to only 3-4) and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer mixture to ice cube trays or desired molds and allow to freeze completely.
  4. Store in freezer in an airtight container and give as a daily treat or add to meal.

For this recipe we used spinach, parsley, mint & pear, but feel free to mix it up, play around and get creative with your greens! We’ve made a list of some healthy greens and why you should be adding them into your pet’s diet!

Spinach - For pets or for people, spinach is a super food containing loads of vitamins and minerals. It helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

Apple - Apples are high in fiber and low in fat. They are loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants and a great addition for pets needing to shed a few pounds.

Pear – Pears are a great source for fiber, folic acid, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, copper, pectin and contain a ton of vitamins!

Asparagus - Asparagus is high in fiber, has a lot of vitamins, and is an excellent source of potassium and iron. Asparagus should be given in bite size pieces and should be softened through cooking to help aid in digestion.

Broccoli - Cut into small pieces, broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C and a great addition to your pet’s diet, but too much can sometimes cause a stomach irritation. The stems make good treats for dogs and some cats are tempted to chew of the florets.

Celery - Celery is low in calories and has a high-water content. It is packed full of nutrients and antioxidants.

Cucumber – Cucumbers are a low calorie crunchy snack for the overweight pet. Having a high-water content, they can provide pets with extra hydration.

Green beans -  Green beans are good for your pet due to their omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. Enjoyed cooked or raw, your dog or cat can enjoy this superpower veggie as a snack or added into their food dish.

Peas - Green peas are an excellent source of essential vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber given as a snack or a compliment to your dogs or cat’s diets.  Your pet can enjoy them frozen, thawed, steamed, or mashed!

Parsley - Parsley is a fresh-tasking herb loaded with vitamin A, aiding in the development of your pet’s vision and immune health.

Peppermint - Not eating more than a few mint leaves in or as a treat, this herb with freshen breath and help aid in digestion and reduce gas.

Rosemary - This herb is high in iron, calcium, and Vitamin B6. Rosemary has also been shown to act as an antioxidant.