One of Bubba’s favourite pastimes in our house is to stand next to my husband Chris while he makes his breakfast. This is because Chris’ breakfast is almost always the same thing --- cereal or porridge with some sort of fresh fruit on top. Bubs LOVES fresh fruit and as he has become older and we indulge his ‘bad’ (read: begging) habits more and more, we are always happy to feed him little morsels that he thinks are dessert but we know are packed with nutrients that may help to improve his health. Whether fresh berries, apples or bananas we absolutely love to ‘bonus’ his meals with little nibbles of powerhouse foods.
Chris does not like the ends of bananas, so who benefits? Bubs.
Instead of throwing our strawberry tops down the sink or in the trash, who is only to happy to eat them greens and all? Bubs.
How do I lure Bubs home from the grocery store when all he wants to do is stand outside the door and hope that someday he will break free and have a go up and down all the aisles? I pop open my container of blueberries and feed him five or six as bribery on the way home.
He is game for any of these fruits and provided you feed them in small amounts, stomachs do not get upset, sugars stay low and calories are not significant. In fact fresh fruit as well as fresh vegetables are a fantastic low calorie option for dogs. They are natural, whole foods and great to add to any dog food or to feed as a doggie treat.
In addition to his primary food, I try to supplement his diet with ‘the rainbow’ most days meaning that in small quantities and usually next to meals I am preparing for myself I try to give him fruits and vegetables that span the spectrum of the rainbow so as to give him a variety (as we do ourselves) of antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. A little snack of banana, melon, blueberry or strawberries in the morning will kick his day off with at least one or two rainbow colors. Leaving me to fill in only a few more of the remaining colors throughout the day.
Dogs Naturally magazine has published an article about fruits and vegetables that are safe and nutritious for your dog in bonus sized amounts and we were happy to see all of our favourites on the list: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/10-reasons-to-feed-vegetables-for-dogs/.
Please see the recipe at right for a nutritious, clean-eating approved breakfast recipe for yourself that you can share with your pup as you construct it!