I am a Portlander, and I love food. Big shock right? In a city full of foodies, where a New Seasons or Whole Foods adorns every corner, we place a high value on quality meals. We have outstanding restaurants serving cuisine from all over the world. I get a lot of enjoyment out of trying a new dish, with new flavors and textures. We place such emphasis on our own diets while simultaneously feeding our dogs the same meal, twice a day, every day, with no second thought to it. Not only is it the same meal on repeat, but most of us feed our dog hard crunchy brown boring kibble. The only thing I want to eat that looks like that is coco puffs!
While many foods are not safe or healthy for your pup (like coco puffs), there are many that are actually beneficial for them. You can feed your dog something he will enjoy, while increasing their nutritional variety and overall health!
While we applaud those that have quit the kibble all together, preferring to cook all of their dog’s food, we have taken a less time consuming approach to spice up dinner time.
Here are 10 healthy foods you can add to spice up fido’s kibble.
- Cooked chicken. If your dog could read he would be drooling right now. Plain chicken is a great source of protein that can be mixed in with your dog’s kibble to totally transform a meal.
- Green Beans. Rusty’s favorite treat, they are low in calories and very filling. We buy beans that have no added salt and store them in the fridge. Its super fast and easy to scoop a 1/2 cup of beans on top of his kibble.
- Pumpkin. Canned pumpkin with no added ingredients, adds fiber, beta-carotene, and helps keep Rusty… regular. Also a great ingredient if your dog likes to eat his leftovers (if you know what I mean).
- Oatmeal. Soluble fiber can aid in healthy digestion. Cook the oatmeal and let it cool before serving. Do not add sugar or any artificial ingredients.
- Carrots. Another low calorie, high fiber treat, they are also good for his teeth.
- Coconut Oil. When consumed regularly, a teaspoon drizzled on top of your dog’s meal will help eliminate odors, freshen breath, sooth joints, strengthen his immune system, and even increase nutrient absorption. It can cause loose stool, in that case add a few scoops of pumpkin to the next meal.
- Peanut Butter. Healthy fats, protein, Vitamin B and E, peanut butter is a favorite of many dogs. We scoop some into Rusty’s Kong and he is happy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted, and no sugar added peanut butter.
- Eggs. Scrambled eggs are a super easy way to transform a meal. High in protein and deliciousness, your dog is sure to love them atop his kibble for a power breakfast.
- Cantaloupe. Packed with vitamins C and B-6, along with fiber, folate, niacin and potassium. Its a great source of beta-carotene, which may be good for your dog’s vision. I like to use a small melon baller and mix it in with his kibble.
- Yogurt. This game changer is packed with probiotics, vitamins, protein, calcium, riboflavin, zinc and potassium. Be sure to pick a quality, full fat yogurt with no sugar, artificial flavors or preservatives added. You can mix it up to coat the kibble.
Mix and match ingredients with the kibble to create new flavor combinations. Watch calorie count and weigh your dog often to make sure he maintains a healthy weight. Remember to test any new food in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian.
There are many more foods that are great for your dog, these are just Rusty’s top ten. Please do your research before adding any other foods to fido’s bowl.
Does your dog love a healthy ingredient that didn’t make our list? Please share it with us below!
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Never feed your dog toxic foods such as garlic, onions, raisins, chocolate, artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, and certain nuts.
Don’t let your dog exercise or play aggressively right after they eat, this can cause a deadly condition known as bloat. It’s best to wait an hour after they are done playing to feed them, and then wait another hour before they should be really active again.