5 Super Foods to Share with Pets

August 13, 2014 | By | Reply More

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You may try to eat your share of berries, legumes, fatty acids and greens to support a healthy diet, but how about your pet?  Have you considered sharing these with your canine companion?

I think you know by now that my guys are huge fans of carrots.  Truly, they are addicts.  But, other superfoods that they eat regularly are blueberries, kale and fish oil.

Dog Treat of Choice- Carrots

Dog Treat of Choice- Carrots

So, what is a super food?  “Super foods” are nutritionally dense foods that are low in calories, prevent disease and provide health benefits.  Now, these super nutrients are making their way into pet foods and can be added to your pet’s diet anytime.

Here are our favorite five:

  1. Blueberries– Fresh or frozen this antioxidant rich food can be used as a training treat.  Great source of fiber, manganese and vitamins C and E.  Introduce slowly into your pet’s diet to avoid digestive upset.
  2. Ch-Ch-CH- Chia– Is a great source of plant based Omega 3 and antioxidants.  They also provide fiber, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.  The chia seed can support hip and joint function, heart health, sugar levels and much more!  Did you know that the chia seed has 8x more Omega-3 fatty acids than wild salmon?  Amazing stuff.
  3. Kale– this dark green vegetable is loaded with vitamins (K, A and C), iron, and antioxidants. Kale is a wonderful detoxifier and also has anti-inflammatory properties.  Try chopping and adding a tablespoon or two to your pet’s food- depending on their size and weight of course.
  4. Kefir– Kefir is a fermented milk beverage that contains beneficial probiotics that support the immune system. Keep in mind however, that regular, pasteurized cow’s milk can be irritating to pets’ GI tracts due to their lack of ability to process lactose.  Kefir is different however and is 99% lactose free!
  5. Sardines– Fish are a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to your pet’s well-being. Try sardines packed in water. These little guys will help your pet’s skin and coat, digestion and even support healthy joint function.

Of course, always ask your vet prior to introducing new foods into your pets diet if your pet has any digestive or other health concerns.

Your pet thanks you!

 

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Jenn Fadal is a national Pet Wellness & Lifestyle Expert. In addition to being the founder of her own holistic pet boutique, Wag, this Tampa native can be seen frequently on Media General’s Daytime Television across the country, as well as on FOX, NBC and ABC. She is also a writer and subject matter expert for various publications.

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