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Ten of the Healthiest Human Foods for Dogs

Dogs love veggies too! Callie loves bananas and blueberries and recently I wondered what other ‘human’ foods I could give her, so I did some research and wanted to share the list. ūüôā

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1. Cantaloupe 

Believe it or not, the same fruit salad staple that humans have come to know and love is just as good for dogs. They’re full of vitamins that will help with your canine’s eyesight, as well as lots of vitamin A and lots of beta carotene, which helps reduce the risk of cancer and prevents cell damage. It’s also a good source of vitamins B-6 and C, fiber, folate, niacin and potassium.

2. Green Beans
Getting your dog to eat his green beans will probably be easier than getting your kids to do the same. Green beans are good for your pooch because of their 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 and thiamin, as well as beta carotene. Essentially, they’re the superpower of vegetables for your pooch.

3. Spinach
Although it’s high in iron (with almost twice as much of it as most other sources), spinach is a particularly good option for your dog since it helps fend off inflammatory and cardiovascular issues, along with cancer.

4. Apples
Besides the fact that it’s super fun to watch a dog eat an apple, the powerful antioxidants and loads of vitamin C will do wonders for your dog’s diet, as well.

5. Pumpkin
Feed your dog pumpkin to load him up on fiber, vitamin A and anti-oxidants to help alleviate diarrhea and constipation and to promote his overall cardiovascular health.

6. Sweet Potatoes
A great source of vitamins E, A, B-6 and C, as well as calcium, iron, folate, potassium, copper, thiamine and iron, sweet potatoes are a wonderful (and super tasty!) addition to any pooch’s dinner bowl.

7. Blueberries
Blueberries, with their high levels of resveratrol and their anti-cancer and heart disease fighting qualities, make a great option for your dog’s diet. As an added bonus, the tannins found in blueberries also help prevent urinary tract infections.

8. Watermelon
Give your pooch a piece of this delicious summer treat and you’ll be loading him with up with tons of healthy vitamin A, B-6 and C, as well as thiamin.

9. Asparagus
When cut into bite size pieces, Asparagus makes a healthy veggie option for your dog because of its vitamin K, A, B1, B2, C and E, along with the folate, iron, copper, fiber, manganese and potassium that’s found in them. Yum!

10. Brussels Sprouts
Maybe if your kid sees your dog eating her brussels sprouts, she’ll hop on board and eat them, too? And your dog should be eating brussels sprouts for their vitamins K and G, manganese, folate, fiber, potassium and vitamins A, B1 and B6.

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If You Want Your Kids to Eat Healthier, Get This Book

According to the Centers for Disease Control, childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity is constantly in the news,¬†most recently with First Lady Michelle Obama calling on a food marketing summit to ask companies to stop advertising unhealthy food to kids.¬†Okay, but what we can do starting at home? I had the opportunity to review Green Smoothie Magic by best selling food author Victoria Boutenko¬†and I’m in love. It’s a¬†wonderful kids book that serves as a response to the crisis of childhood¬†obesity¬†with a story that makes children excited about nutrition and healthy foods.

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This beautiful illustrated kids book follows young Nic as he discovers the importance of healthy eating with a plant-rich diet. Nic is a¬†inquisitive¬†kid who learns from his father that since humans can’t grow with sunlight alone and we don’t make our own magical green juice, we need to eat plants to grow big and strong.

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Wanting to grow big and strong, Nic is determined to eat more vegetables but he is disheartened by the bitter taste of lettuce. What to do? His mother buys a blender and whips up some raw-food green smoothie magic. While Nic is hesitant at first, his curiosity wins out and he is soon asking for seconds. What I love is how making the smoothie involved the entire family and showed the importance of getting kids involved in the making of their food.

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The story ends with Nic’s own smoothie recipe. Combining sweet fruits with green vegetables, this kids’ food recipe promises to be a favorite with children and picky eaters everywhere.

If you have a kid or if know of a family who would benefit from this book, you can buy it here (early holiday gift, maybe?).