Everyone knows that certain foods are more nutritious than others. Your choices range from processed junk food to comfort food to whole, minimally processed ingredients. There are even superfoods. Superfoods earned their label because they are nutritionally dense and full of antioxidants, healthy fats and/or fibre. No doubt about it, superfoods are super good for you and your family.
The same goes for your furry family members. That’s right, your dog can reap the benefits of superfoods in the same way you can. Superfoods may not turn your best friend into an actual superhero, but they will sure give them a super-charged boost of nutrition.
The great thing about most superfoods is that you don’t have to go to some boutique market, as most are regular items available at your local supermarket.
So, which products will give your dog the benefits of superfoods? Here are some fruits and vegetables safe for dogs. We’ve also added a grain and a protein to create a complete and balanced diet.
Whole nest-laid eggs
Eggs are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids dogs need. They contain amino acids such as lysine, vitamins A, B12, D, E, K, thiamine, and a variety of healthy fats. Eggs contain all the building blocks of a healthy diet.
Be sure to cook the eggs before you feed them to your dog. Raw eggs contain bacteria that are killed by the cooking process. Raw eggs also contain avidin, which can inhibit the absorption of some nutrients. So cooked eggs yes, raw eggs no.
Your dog will likely gobble down eggs like they haven’t eaten in days but be sure not to overdo it. While the fat in eggs is good for your dog, it definitely adds to the daily calorie count of your little buddy.
Peas are a great superfood for your dog because they are a grain-free option that is a great source of energy and fiber. Peas are a nutritious plant that is rich in protein, with beta-carotene, dietary fibre, manganese, and amino acids that are essential to your dog’s health.
Chickpeas and lentils are also great options for your dog as they are very similar in nutrition to peas.
Raw, pure pumpkin is great for overall digestive health due to high levels of prebiotic fibers and antioxidants. Just remember that not all pumpkin is created equal. Only choose canned pumpkin without any added sugar, sweetener, or flavors. So don’t select pumpkin pie filling. Reach for canned pumpkin that contains pure pumpkin as the only ingredient.
Blueberries are not only tiny little bombs of deliciousness, they are also very dense in nutrients. A small but potent superfood for your dog, blueberries are an antioxidant-rich superfood, and a great source of fibre and manganese.
Strawberries are another high flavor, high nutrient berry option for your dog.
Though not as famous as some of the other foods on this list, flaxseed is a powerful superfood. High in omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, flaxseed can help keep your dog’s coat the luster and shine usually reserved for the promises of shampoo commercials.
Pomegranates may be a bit of a chore to clean and enjoy, but they sure are worth the effort. This fruit is super high in antioxidants. In fact, they are three times higher in these vital elements than red wine or green tea. Since you’re not giving your dogs red wine (seriously, do not), let them reap the rewards of a delicious pomegranate.
Pomegranates are also high in fiber, folate and vitamins C and K. nutrients that will help your dog stay healthy and happy.
Wet Food Recipes For Dogs
Perfect as a treat, a topper, or a complete and balanced meal, our NOW FRESH Wet Food recipes make a delicious addition to your dog’s mealtime, with fresh meats & fish and tasty bone broth for a meaty flavor that dogs just love.
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Cranberries are another tiny food with big superfood benefits. Whole cranberries are bursting with antioxidants and antibacterial properties that can support urinary tract health. Cranberries can also support kidney function and are a high source of vitamin C.
Supercharge Your Dog’s Diet
There are so many fun, delicious and healthy superfoods that your dog will love. They are easy to find, easy to serve and great for your best friend’s health and wellbeing.
You can also try out the NOW FRESH kibble recipe for adult dogs. Our formula contains minimally processed, fresh meat from turkey, salmon, and duck, plus over 20 of these delicious, nutrient-rich superfoods.
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