Dogs Love Sprouts

By Rita Galchus (Sprout Lady Rita)

Sprouts can offer extra fiber to your dog’s diet and help keep certain types of chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes at bay. Eating a diet with sprouts can also help to alleviate allergies. They have the enzymes needed for strong metabolic functions. Dog immune systems are strengthened by eating fresh sprouts.

Canines can often be seen outside chewing on grass. They like the sweetness the grass offers. Sprouts that are sweet and mild like alfalfa, clover, and fenugreek, may also be welcomed by your pet. If you have ever purchased pet grass from the local market, you know how expensive those small pots of greenery can be. Those grasses are usually hard wheat, the same seeds we use to grow wheat grass for juicing. Sometimes there is a mix of hard wheat, rye, and oats. You only need a few pennies’ worth of seed to grow that grass, something that is easily accomplished at home.

There are dog breeders and owners who make their own dog food to ensure the quality of the animals they are raising. Bean and legume sprouts can be found in those recipes. You can mix some in with your dog’s food, store-bought or homemade, to give them a taste of fresh vegetables.

You may need to experiment with different seeds and combinations to find what will work for your own dog’s needs and tastes. Not every dog likes every seed or sprout. You are the one who knows your canine best. Adding fresh sprouts to their daily diets will make them happier and healthier pets. Do not forget to think of your other pets, too. All furry pets and those with feathers as well as reptiles, can all enjoy the benefits of eating fresh home-grown sprouts.

Discuss the option of adding sprouts to your dog’s diet with your veterinarian before changing their diet. It is important to get a wide variety of food to gather enough nutrients for a healthy animal and sprouts can play an important role in a daily feeding routine.

FRIEND’S MIX of SPROUTS

Seed Nutritional Information
Alfalfa Vit. C, B6, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Small amount of Protein, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron.

High concentration of antioxidants and in phytoestrogens

Red Clover Vit. A, B, C, E, and K, rich source of minerals and trace elements
Fenugreek Vit. A, B, C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium
Flax High in dietary fiber, rich in micronutrients and Omega 3 fatty acids
Hulled Sunflower Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Buckwheat Groats (no shells) Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Hard Wheat – as a short sprout Protein, Vit. C and B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, and Amino Acids
Hard Wheat – as a grass Chlorophyll, Vit A, B, C, & E, minerals
Rye – as a short sprout Dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium
Rye – as a grass Chlorophyll, Vit A, B, C, & E, minerals

Beans and Legumes Canines Can Eat

Adzuki Beans Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, and Potassium, and Protein
Mung Beans Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Protein
Garbanzo Beans Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Protein
Lentils Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron,

Potassium, Vitamin C, and Protein

Green Peas Good source of dietary fiber, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamins A and C, and Protein

HOMEMADE DOG FOOD WITH SPROUTS RECIPE

(Check with your vet before changing your dog’s diet)

2 pounds ground pork

2 pounds ground beef

(you can also use ground turkey or chicken – especially if your dog has a sensitive stomach)

1 large sweet potato, diced

1 apple, cored, diced

2 carrots, sliced

1 cup leafy sprouts (for example: alfalfa, clover, fenugreek, broccoli, kale, cabbage, sunflowers)

1 cup sprouted beans (for example: adzuki, mung, garbanzo, green peas, lentils)

1 cup rice

Cook rice according to package directions.

While rice is cooking, brown the meat in a large pot.

While the meat and rice are cooking, boil or bake the sweet potato and carrots.

When the meat is browned, add to it the cooked rice and the boiled or baked sweet potato and carrots,

Add Apple, leafy sprouts, and bean sprouts. Mix well.

Freeze in ½ cup serving portions or the size that works best for your dog.

Thaw or microwave before serving.

You can mix a lesser amount into your dog’s regular food.

About the Author:

Rita Galchus, popularly known as “Sprout Lady Rita”, is the owner of The Sprout House.

She started sprouting in April 1986 after attending a free class about sprouting with her husband

While they were dating. That class started her love of sprouting. She purchased the business

In October 2000 and has been Sprout Lady Rita ever since. Rita holds a bachelor’s degree

In business management and holistic nutrition and her master’s degree in Literature and Creative Writing.

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