Many SuperFoods that are great for people are also excellent dietary boosters for your canine friends. SuperFoods are a great way to boost your dog’s intake of nutrients as a meal-topper or used in occasional treats. When it comes to superfoods for your dog, here are our top 3 to look at because they are safe to eat, and nutrient-dense.
1. Bone Broth
Bone Broth is a nutrient-dense treat that’s high in protein and contains anti-inflammatory amino acids, vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Bone Broth is loaded with glycosaminoglycans that can help dogs’ joints and slow or halt the progression of degenerative joint diseases like hip dysplasia and arthritis.
Reasons to add Bone broth to your dog‘s diet:
- Joint health - Bone Broth is a great source of glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid that help support joint’s elasticity, strength and flexibility.
- Bone Broth is an excellent food source of collagen - Collagen repairs connective tissue, facilitating smoother movement and leading to less irritation and joint pain.
- Digestive health - Bone Broth is a rich source of gelatin, which helps promote digestive health and prevent leaky gut.
2. Fermented & Organic Turmeric
A well-known spice, turmeric has more than 6000 published studies validating its use in human health. The good news is that turmeric is safe for dogs too! Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a well-studied antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is often given to dogs with common joint conditions that are caused by inflammation. This includes arthritis in dogs that causes stiffness, discomfort and even pain. In fact, Fermented Turmeric is an excellent complementary supplement to conventional anti-inflammatory arthritis treatments.
Additional benefits of adding Fermented & Organic Turmeric to your dog‘s diet:
- The curcumin in Fermented Turmeric can help your dog’s digestion by stimulating the production of more bile in the liver. This aids in the digestion of fats, which are a major part of a healthy dog's diet, so your dog may feel more comfortable after eating.
- The curcumin in turmeric is known to be both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; therefore it can be a good alternative to NSAIDs for the treatment of arthritic conditions. It is important to choose a turmeric formulation for your dog that is highly bioavailable. Fermented Turmeric is 50% more potent than Turmeric powder and is easily absorbed by people and pups.
3. Organic Spirulina
Spirulina is a highly nutritious blue-green algae containing over 100 nutrients and the concentration of beta-carotene, Vitamin B12 and iron are higher in spirulina than any other known food, plant, grain or herb. Spirulina is full of health-promoting phytonutrients such as phycocyanin, sulfolipids, and polysaccharides.
Additional benefits of adding Organic Spirulina to your dog’s diet:
- The naturally occurring essential fatty acids (EFA’s) in spirulina support your dog’s skin and coat health.
- The antioxidant-rich nutrients promote a healthy immune system.
- Allergies – dogs get allergies too! If your pup has seasonal sensitivities, spirulina may offer some relief. This is because spirulina has a mild antihistamine action paired with anti-inflammatory properties. This superfood is known for promoting cell generation, which is an important part of the immune system. A strong immune system helps your dog fight off seasonal allergy symptoms!
A healthy dog is a happy dog. While superfoods can't make your dog live forever, they can help your dog experience an enhanced quality of life. So add more superfoods to your puppy’s day!
Mona’s Pet Pancakes
- 1 Shredded Carrot
- 2 Shredded Cauliflower Florets
- 2 Large Organic Eggs
- 1 1/2 Cups Plain Yogurt (Greek is Best)
- 1 Cup Meat (Cooked) of any kind… I used Ground Beef
- 2 Scoops Prairie Naturals Bone Broth Powder
- 4 TSP Prairie Naturals Fermented & Organic Tumeric Powder
- 1 Cup Anitas Oat Flour
- 1 TSP Baking Powder
- 1/2 TSP Baking Soda
- 1 TBSP Coconut Oil A Pinch of Himilayan Pink Sea Salt
- Pulse all ingredients in a food processor and cook.
* My batter was a bit too liquid so I added a handful of instant oats and some extra oat flour.
** A food processor is not necessary. It just makes prettier, less lumpy pancakes.
Notes: You can put in any dog friendly veggies or fruits, such as broccoli, zucchini, sweet potato, squash, apples, banana, blueberry, etc. Also the baking soda and powder aren't necessary, it just makes them fluffier, instead of a super flat pancake.
Lucy’s Superfood (Dog) Biscuits
- 1 TSP Prairie Naturals Fermented & Organic Turmeric Powder
- 2 ½ Cups Sprouted Whole Wheat Flour or Oat Flour
- 1 TSP Baking Powder
- 1 Cup Organic No Sugar Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup Warm Water
- 1 Scoop Prairie Naturals Chicken or Beef Bone Broth Protein Powder
- 2 TBS Organic Honey
- 1 Large Egg
- In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder and egg.
- Mix together until blended.
- Mix warm water and Bone Broth until it dissolves.
- Add to a large bowl the flour mixture, peanut butter, water/Bone Broth mixture and honey.
- Stir until dough is stiff. You may need to use your hands!
- Roll out dough on floured surface.
- Cut dough with cookie cutters of your choice.
- Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 350°F oven.
- Cool on wire rack.
Note: Store in an air tight container to freeze.
By Prairie Naturals: https://www.prairienaturals.ca/superfoods-for-superdogs/