Kale: Food for super hero dogs!
Updated: May 6
Want your dog to be a super hero? Feed him kale to help him get there!
Find out why kale is so good for dogs and discover a treat recipe for kale pops!
6 Reasons Why to Feed your Dog Kale:
1. Vitamins K, A and C -can aid in higher energy levels, blood and muscle health, a better immune system and comes with the potential to fight cancer as well as other inflammatory diseases.
2. High in calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron which support healthy bones, and a healthy heart.
3. It’s a low-calorie treat that tastes good.
4. It helps with digestion.
5. It is a great source of two main antioxidants (lutein and zeaxanthin) which can protect against cancer.
6. It's vitamin-packed so it can support vision and colon health and liver detoxification - in addition to fighting off infections.
How to prepare Kale for your dog:
Buy organic when you can!
Thoroughly wash the kale before feeding to your pup in order to remove as many pesticides as possible from the leaves.
Try a puree. Because your dog’s digestive system is different than yours, chopping or pureeing this leafy green will make it easier to eat and digest.
You can feed your pup cooked, steamed or raw - whichever way your pup prefers for it to be prepared.
A balanced diet is key! Always serve kale or other leafy greens with a source of protein like chicken or beef.
Avoid any additives. Adding in spices, oils and other herbs can be toxic to your dog. Make sure to serve plain or with other vegetables if they aren’t fond of the taste.
Serve moderately. In order to avoid any negative side effects - introduce any new food slowly. When served and prepared correctly, kale can be a wonderful addition to your dog’s diet.
Dog Treat Recipe for Kale Pops:
1 cup of Kale
2 tsp of Coconut Oil
1/4 cup of Ginger Flavored Water
How to prepare:
-Combine and mix ingredients in a blender or food processor.(fill it up only halfway.)
-Freeze for about 2 hours in regular or paw print ice cube trays. (Paw print ice cube trays create a cute treat and feeds 25 animals when purchased from https://store.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/products.)
How to serve:
Give the ice pops to your dog as a treat or add them to your dog's water bowl.
So the next time you make kale to help boost your own immune system, share the goodness with your furry pal!
*Before introducing any new food or supplement into your dog’s diet, it’s always best practice to consult your vet. However, in the end, the decision is yours. Make sure to do your own research, and gather many sources of information before making the decision.
Source for Kale Pops recipe: https://www.sugarthegoldenretriever.com/2014/03/green-kale-ice-pops/