Kale and Apple Dog Treat Recipe
Wouldn’t it be great if you dog loved leafy greens as much as he loves treats? Yeah, it’s a pipe dream, but what if you could combine the two to trick your dog into eating a salad staple? We went ahead and did that with our Kale and Apple Dog Treat Recipe. Using kale as our focus ingredient, this leafy green is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, and vitamin C, as well as carotenoid pigments. On top of that, kale is low in calories, and is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and beta carotene.
Kale and Apple Dog Treat Recipe
Makes about 25 treats
1 cup kale, chopped
1 apple, grated
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup ground flax seed
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup vegetable broth
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Bring small pot of water to boil on stove. Add chopped kale to water and let boil for 2 minutes. Remove from stove and drain.
- In a large bowl, add flour, flax seed, egg and cinnamon. Mix well.
- Add grated apple and kale into the mix. If needed, add vegetable broth until the dough is stiff.
- On a floured countertop, roll out to ½ to ¼ inch thickness. Cut using cookie cutters and place on cookie sheets.
- Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let cool for 1 hour.
- Store in air tight container or bag and keep in fridge or freezer until needed.
Nutritional Benefits of Kale
As we previously mentioned, kale is packed with nutritional value including beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. For this reason, many refer to the leafy green as a ‘nutritional power-house’. All these vitamins and nutrients make kale a good choice for improving your dog’s immune system, fighting inflammation, strengthening the heart, supporting bone health, and losing or maintaining weight. With all these aspects of the body in check, your dog will start to experience higher energy levels, the result of better health.
However, as with everything, you should only feed kale in moderation. Too much of a good thing is a very real concern! If your dog is consuming too much kale and, as a result, eating fewer protein-rich foods, it can lead to nutritional deficiencies. Instead, it should be incorporated as one piece of a larger overall nutritional plan.
When cooking with kale, there are a few details to consider. The most important being that every dog is different. To determine the best way to prepare kale for your dog, you will need to watch how your dog responds to this new addition to their diet. Kale can be served cooked, steamed, pureed, or chopped. Try experimenting with adding kale to your dog’s food and cooking into treats like the recipe above to see what your dog prefers. However, when preparing your dog’s food, avoid any herbs, spices, or oils that can be toxic or unsettling for your dog’s digestive system.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
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