DOG FOOD AND SPOUTS
Dogs Love Sprouts!
Rita Galchus better know as "Sprout
Sprouts can offer extra fiber to your dog’s diet and help keep certain types of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes at bay.
Eating a diet with sprouts can
also help to alleviate allergies. They have the enzymes needed for strong
metabolic functions. Dog immune systems are strengthened by eating fresh
Canines can often be seen
outside chewing on grass. They like the sweetness the grass offers. Sprouts
that are sweet and mild like alfalfa, clover, and fenugreek, may also be
welcomed by your pet. If you have ever purchased pet grass from the local
market, you know how expensive those small pots of greenery can be. Those
grasses are usually hard wheat, the same seeds we use to grow wheat grass
for juicing. Sometimes there is a mix of hard wheat, rye, and oats. You only
need a few pennies’ worth of seed to grow that grass, something that is
easily accomplished at home.
There are dog breeders and
owners who make their own dog food to ensure the quality of the animals they
are raising. Bean and legume sprouts can be found in those recipes. You can
mix some in with your dog’s food, store-bought or homemade, to give them a
taste of fresh vegetables.
You may need to experiment
with different seeds and combinations to find what will work for your own
dog’s needs and tastes. Not every dog likes every seed or sprout. You are
the one who knows your canine best. Adding fresh sprouts to their daily
diets will make them happier and healthier pets. Do not forget to think of
your other pets, too. All furry pets and those with feathers as well as
reptiles, can all enjoy the benefits of eating fresh home-grown sprouts.
Discuss the option of
adding sprouts to your dog’s diet with your veterinarian before changing
their diet. It is important to get a wide variety of food to gather enough
nutrients for a healthy animal and sprouts can play an important role in a
daily feeding routine.
Seeds Dogs Can Eat And Their
FRIEND’S MIX of SPROUTS from The Sprout House for your dog today!
Alfalfa: Vitamin C,
B6, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Small amount
of Protein, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron. High concentration of
antioxidants and in phytoestrogens
Red Clover: Vitamin
A, B, C, E, and K, rich source of minerals and trace elements
A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
Flax: High in
dietary fiber, rich in micronutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids
Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Buckwheat Groats (no shells): Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Hard Wheat –
as a short sprout: Protein, Vitamin C and B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, and Amino Acids
Hard Wheat – as a grass:
Chlorophyll, Vit A, B, C, & E, minerals
Rye – as a short sprout: Dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Rye – as a
grass: Chlorophyll, Vit A, B, C, & E, minerals
Beans and Legumes That Canines
Adzuki Beans: Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, and
Potassium, and Protein
Mung Beans: Good source of
dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Protein
Garbanzo Beans: Good source
of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Protein
Lentils: Good source of
dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and
Green Peas: Good source of
dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins A and C, and Protein
HOMEMADE DOG FOOD WITH
(Check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet)
2 pounds each ground pork and ground beef (you can
substitute ground turkey or chicken, especially
if your dog has a sensitive stomach)
1 large sweet potato,
1 apple, cored, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 cup leafy sprouts (for
example: alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, broccoli, kale, cabbage, sunflowers)
1 cup sprouted beans (for
example: adzuki, mung, garbanzo, green peas, lentils)
1 cup rice
Cook rice according to
package directions. While rice is cooking, brown the meat in a large
pot. While the meat and rice are cooking, boil or bake the sweet potato and
carrots. When the meat is browned, add to it the cooked rice and the boiled
or baked sweet potato and carrots, Add Apple, leafy sprouts, and bean
sprouts. Mix well. Freeze in ˝ cup serving portions or the size that works
best for your dog. Thaw or microwave before serving. You can also mix a lesser
amount into your dog’s regular dry food.
About the Author: Rita Galchus, popularly known as “Sprout Lady
Rita”, is the owner of The Sprout House. She started sprouting in April 1986
after attending a free class about sprouting with her future husband. That
class started her love of sprouting and she purchased the business in
October 2000 and has been Sprout Lady Rita ever since. Rita holds a
bachelor’s degree in business management and holistic nutrition and her
master’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing.
Order FRIEND’S MIX of SPROUTS from
The Sprout House for your dog today!
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