August 5, 2020
A classic at-home summer fun activity? Grilling! Veggie-style, of course.
If you love grilling, and want to include your pup in the fun, here are some of the best dog-friendly foods to add to your at-home grilling menu.
Including veggies and fruits to your dog’s diet can provide great health benefits. Vegetables for dogs are a wonderful complement to a healthy diet. Veterinarian Dr. Jane Morse says, "The active components of a plant can provide powerful micronutrients and colorful vegetables have a high concentration of phytonutrients rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and help eye and brain function.”
We put together some of our favorites. You can grill these separately or stack onto a stick kebab-style and see which is your dog’s favorite!
5 vegan dog-friendly foods you can grill up with your pup this summer
#1 Bell Peppers
Due to the Vitamin A found in bell peppers, they are super for strengthening eye health and promoting overall eye health. This vitamin can also improve your dog’s coat, skin, and bone health. Vitamin B complex (B2, B3 & B6) is integral in the prevention of anemia and the metabolism of amino acids.
Bell peppers also have high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, & fiber.
Additionally, ripe bell peppers (red, yellow and orange) carry extra good stuff like antioxidants and other healthy compounds such as Capsanthin, which may help protect against cancer; Luteolin, beneficial for body functions; Quercetin, which helps in fighting with chronic diseases; and Lutein, also highly beneficial for eye health.
Eggplant provides fiber, vitamins and minerals in very few calories and has even been shown to protect the heart. This study found that eggplants may improve heart function and reduce LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Eating eggplant will give you and your pup a dose of manganese, folate, potassium, and Vitamins A & C.
#3 Green Beans
Tasty and easy to grill, green beans are great for your dog because they provide omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamins A, C, and K. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fiber, folic acid, iron, niacin, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, and beta carotene. Basically, they’re really good for your dog!
Most dogs love green beans. Just grill until they are soft enough for you, and they will be great for your dog.
Asparagus is great to add on the grill and will provide vitamins K, A, B1, B2, C and E, as well as folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium. More importantly, asparagus is known to carry selenium, a very important mineral that protects against cognitive decline.
We know dogs love raw carrots! Try grilling them for something different. Eating carrots is beneficial for your dog’s eyesight due to the high beta carotene content. Carrots are full of Vitamin A, Vitamin K and fiber. They're also full of antioxidants that boost the immune system.
Does your pup have a fave veggie? Let us know on Instagram @vdogfood.
We're big veggie lovers here at v-dog! Since 2005, we've been making animal products without animal products. Learn more about vegan dog nutrition here and read stories from thriving v-dogs on our Testimonials page!
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