Whole Grain Recipe Roundup
Whole grains have a very big place in a dog’s healthy diet.
In fact, they contain a host of important nutrients that dogs need to function and help fight off illnesses, such as kidney disease, diabetes, high cholesterol, and some cancers.
Know a whole grain when you see it. Here are a few common whole grains you’ve probably seen or tasted before:
You’ve probably also heard about “superfoods”—a few grains of which qualify, including sorghum and barley. As individual ingredients, these grains offer plenty of health benefits.
Barley, flax, and oats offer many nutritive benefits including fiber, omega fatty acids, vitamins (B1, B3), and minerals (chromium, copper, mangesium, selenium, etc.). Barley’s insoluble fiber serves as a prebiotic, which provides growth medium for beneficial bacteria (probiotics). Flax is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid having anti-inflammatory benefits, and lignans, which are an antioxidant. Oats contain antioxidant compounds like avenanthramides, which reduce the risk of heart and blood vessel disease by preventing free radicals from damaging beneficial low density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol).
Grain-Heavy, Dog-Friendly Recipes
If you’re looking to add whole grains to your dog’s diet, we have a few ideas on how to easily incorporate them. The best way to start is by using a whole grain recipe, which The Honest Kitchen has a-plenty!
Apple Cinnamon Crispy Dog Treats: An apple a day keeps the veterinarian away! Okay, maybe we changed that up a bit, but it’s a great excuse to make these crispy treats. The sweet taste of cinnamon will have your dog begging for more.
Strawberry Sensation Dog Treats: Made with whole grain oats, these homemade dog treats incorporate the sweet burst of strawberry—and who doesn’t love strawberries?! They pack a tasty and healthy punch for humans and dogs alike.
Whole Grain Beef and Banana Bites: What’s better than beef? How about some beef with verve? Your pooch will love our Verve Beef and Banana Bites, made with The Honest Kitchen’s Whole Grain Beef Recipe, along with ground beef, cream cheese, and a banana.
Honest Kitchen Kale and Revel Dog Treats: Superfoods are super great…especially when your dog can eat them! Kale is a superfood for many reasons: it’s high in beta carotene, vitamin K, and vitamin C, carotenoid pigments, low in calories, and is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and beta carotene.
Cheesy Chicken Delight Dog Food: Not only does this Cheesy Chicken Delight Dog Food include plenty of this lean meat (along with The Honest Kitchen’s Whole Grain Chicken Recipe), we’ve also added cottage cheese. Another great source of protein, cottage cheese is a source of calcium and it aids in digestion.
Easy-Peasy Peanut Butter Dog Treats Recipe: If you don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen, but you want to bake your pooch up some yummy treats he’d learn a new trick for, this is the recipe for you.
Cheesy Bone Treats: Dogs go nuts for cheese. Perfect for training purposes, your dog will sit, stay, and nom for these Cheesy Bone Treats. Made with whole wheat flour and your choice of cheese, you’ll feel like a chef serving these treats to your pooch.
Simple Pumpkin Cookies: We’re all about keeping things simple in the kitchen. And simple can be extremely tasty, especially when you’re talking about these Simple Pumpkin Cookies. Made with whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree and a touch of cinnamon, your dog will drool as you let them cool.