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Dogs Love Sprouts!

by Rita Galchus better know as "Sprout Lady Rita"


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 sprouts.



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 Nutritional Information

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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


Fenugreek: Vitamin A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium


Flax: High in dietary fiber, rich in micronutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids


Hulled Sunflower: 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 Can Eat

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 Protein


Green Peas: Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins A and C, and Protein



(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, diced

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.


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