A perfect mix of vegetables and Fruit that I enjoy mixed with my protein. I always mix it up each week to ensure that there is enough variety in my diet. I usually try to combine different veggies and fruits that are in season and ripe. We also usually use at least three vegetables and fruits in the melee. You can use frozen or canned vegetables, just make sure that they do not contain added salt.
Vegetables are best served cooked and puree to break down the cell walls so that your dog can digest them properly and benefit from the nutritional value. Legumes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and squashes must be fully cooked in order to be digestible.
This is a mixture to add to our recipes or to your dog’s commercial diet with proper protein. It is not intended as a stand alone meal. Dogs like and need protein
It’s all about your dog’s taste buds, but here is one of my favorite mixes.
- (250 ml) 1 cup peeled carrots
- (250 ml) 1 cup green peas
- 1 banana
- In a large pot place carrots and pea in water to cover, cook until tender
- Add banana to pot mix
- Add pot mixture to a blender, and puree for about 30 seconds
Either use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. If frozen, thaw before using.
Please make sure that the veggies and fruits are safe. See: Food I can’t tolerate
Other fruit and veggie combinations to try:
A. 1 large pear, (250 ml) 1 cup fresh spinach, (125 ml) 1/2 cup grated carrot
B. 1-2 apples, (250 ml) l cup fresh lettuce, 1 cup green beans
C. 2 ripe bananas, 2 peaches, (250 ml) 1 cup pumpkin puree. (use plain pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
Note: Talk to your pet’s veterinarian before making serious changes to your animal’s diet.
Not representative of the meal you’ll be making for your dog
Who doesn’t like burgers? This is a great burger for dogs due to its healthy makeover by adding the veggies right in the mix. Dogs don’t know that their burger is loaded with healthy veggies.
4 cups of minced chicken (about a pound, 500 g)
1 cup of veggie and fruit melee (on this recipe I used apple, carrot, courget, lettuce)
1 cup of brown rice.
- Cook rice according to package
- Pre-heat oven to 180 C (350 F)
- In a large mixing bowl, thoroughly combine Veggie & fruit melee, rice and minced chicken
- Roll into small ball, make patty size about 1/2 cup size. (for a dog around 11 kg, 22 lb.)
- place on cookie sheet and press into patties.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until firm
- Patties will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator, 3 months in a freezer
- You can make this as a chicken loaf that you can slice a piece for your dog.
- You can also substitute with ground beef
- In summer, they are fantastic on the BBQ (cook each side for about 5 minutes or until firm.)
Salmon is a fantastic choice for dogs; it is a great way to get omega-3 fatty acids that help create a wonderful, healthy and shiny coat. It is also a quick and easy meal to make. Mixed with a flavorful peach melee, rice and dill will make any dog smile.
Preparation Time 15 minutes
- 2 lb. (900 g) Salmon
- 1 cup (250 ml) brown rice
- 1 cup (250 ml) fruit and veggie melee (we used peach, lettuce and peas)
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) natural yogurt
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) fresh dill
notes: You can use canned salmon if you desire, the bones in the canned fish are pressure-cooked to softness, so they are fine for dogs.
- Poach the salmon for about 15 minutes, until it flakes easily with a fork. Let cool. If there are any bones make sure you remove them.
- Cook rice according to package instructions
- Mix together the salmon, fruit and veggie melee, fresh dill and rice.
- Spread the yogurt on top of the Salmon mixture and serve
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Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Trina is an entrepreneur who has a business degree from the University of Washington. She’s also a former New York City real estate agent who has worked internationally in fashion, started and sold a bath and body company, and has had great success in many other business ventures. Although she has travelled all over the world as a makeup artist for fashion, she’s always had a deep love for animals and a knack for working with dogs. As a child, she learned to train, care, and travel with animals, and as an adult, she has studied dog nutrition and dog training extensively. Trina shares her love of animals with her mother and aunt, who is a dog breeder.
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