For The Healthy Dog: Homemade Dehydrated Green Bean Treats!

Radiofence.com Pet Products Blog - Homemade Dehydrated Dog Treats Are you tired of hearing about New Years Resolutions yet? Well, Jem and Zoey barked to me what theirs is: eat healthier treats! While all of their favorite homemade treat recipes that we make together are certainly healthy, there is always room for improvement, right? 

Green beans are high in fiber which adds “bulk” to your dog’s stomach making her feel fuller so she consumes less food while still feeling satisfied. This makes green beans an ideal treat for dogs of all shapes and sizes! Many dog owners are disappointed when the vet tells them to lay off the treats because treat time is a crucial bonding moment for all dogs! Green bean treats are the solution to this dilemma because most dogs love them and they’re low in calories.

Whether your dog needs to lose some weight, has health issues, or just wants to stay fit and healthy, green beans are an excellent snack for pups! 

Step 1: Wash and Break Off The Ends of Green Beans

IMG_8784Can you find a treat any fresher or healthier than that?!

Zoey knows its treat time!

Zoey knows its treat time!

Break off the weird ends of the green beans just like you would for any “human” recipe.

"Mom, let's talk about just how long these things are going to take..."

“Mom, let’s talk about just how long these things are going to take…”

 

Step 2: Dehydrate

Whether or not you have a dehydrator machine, dehydrating is simple and easy. I just use my oven! 

Do we really have to wait for them to dehydrate?!

Do we really have to wait for them to dehydrate?!

Bake at 250 degrees for 2 hours. My dogs were too impatient to wait any longer than 2 hours for these to be done, but you can certainly dehydrate them for much longer if you have the time. Two hours was enough to dry them out so they had a little bit of crunch without withering away to nothing.

Step 3: Chow Down!

Don't they look delicious? ;)

Don’t they look delicious? ;)

Wasn’t that easy?! Now you have a wonderfully healthy treat with barely any work required. Love it!

Now for the true test... will the dogs love them?

Now for the true test… will the dogs love them?

Hmmm.. what's this new texture?

Hmmm.. what’s this new texture?

YUMMM! Can I have another?!

YUMMM! Can I have another?!

Zoey approves!

Zoey approves!

And she's not sharing! :)

And she’s not sharing! :)

Now for the lazy hound’s approval… Jem has me right where she wants me. She knows that if she vegges out on the couch I’ll think she looks so precious and deliver her treat to her. Not a muscle was moved in the eating of this treat!

Sniff test...

Sniff test…

Tooth test...

Tooth test…

Tongue test... Jem approves!

Tongue test… Jem approves!

What's the best part? They're mess-free so my couch potato pup can veg out on the cloth couch!

What’s the best part? They’re mess-free so my couch potato pup can veg out on the cloth couch!

Better use my back k-9's for this one!

Better use my back k-9’s for this one!

Remember from last week’s post about helping your dog adjust to moving? Well, Jem loved the part about letting your dog help with all of the projects around the house… notice the paint in her ear from when she “helped” last night? I think the color looks great on her!

Zoey wasn't going to stand for Jem getting treats without her...

Zoey wasn’t going to stand for Jem getting treats without her…

Can we share it like they do on Lady And The Tramp? :)

Can we share it like they do on Lady And The Tramp? :)

I have to say I was nervous about making these… normally my homemade treats have yummy ingredients like peanut butter, banana, or pumpkin. So I was sceptical that they would go nuts over a plain old green bean. Thankfully I was wrong, and they absolutely loved them! I hope your dogs love these as much as Jem and Zoey do. 

 

Health Benefits Of Green Beans For Dogs

Green beans have vitamins A, K, C, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants.

Vitamin A

  • Fat-soluble vitamin that improves eye health and helps maintain optimal heart health

Vitamin K

  • Fat-soluble vitamin that helps with natural healing from injury or surgery and aids the body’s ability to absorb calcium for strong bones

Vitamin C

  • Water-soluble vitamin that enhances a dog’s immunity and regulates blood pressure 

Antioxidants

  • Prevention of cancer 

Magnesium

  • Mineral that is essential for absorbing nutrients 

How Do Green Beans Help Dogs Lose Weight Or Stay Trim?

This wonderful veggie has a high content of dietary fiber. Fiber is used in every commercial dietary product sold for dogs, so green beans are a natural and effective source of that fiber. If you give your dog too many green beans, you will notice this fiber going to work in your dog’s tummy because she’ll need to go potty more often. This is completely normal, but if you want to avoid it just start out slowly! 

 Store your dehydrated green beans in the refrigerator to keep them as fresh as possible. 

Homemade Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

homemade chicken jerky dog treatsSome people think that making your own dog treats is labor intensive and time-consuming. But what if I told you that it’s as easy as chop and bake? Anyone can dice up some chicken and place it in the oven, right? It’s so easy! And with only 1 ingredient, no preservatives, no added-anything, and no mystery meats… your dog will thrive on these tasty treats! And dehydrated treats are the least labor-intensive creation imaginable. You barely have to lift a finger! And with claims that even jerky treats made in the USA aren’t safe, it’s so important that we can rest-assured that we are feeding our dogs non-toxic treats.

Step 1: Prepare Your Checklist of Ingredients

DSC06781Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken

That’s it! Just 1 ingredient. You can buy whatever is on sale, but I used the chicken breasts that our family eats. These will be ready in no time, so preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Step 2: Slice The Chicken

DSC06783A lot of people slice the chicken into thin, 1/8-3/8″ jerky slices. The thinner they are, the less time they will need to cook in the oven. However, I found it was much easier to just cube the chicken into thin, square-shaped pieces. I began by cutting the chicken into long jerky strips, but it was kind of difficult, and the cubes ended up cooking better in the oven. 

DSC06788Step 3: Place & Bake

DSC06789Place the chicken pieces on baking sheets. You can use non-stick spray if you wish. 

DSC06792Place in the oven and bake for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. The amount of time will vary depending on the thickness and size of the treats you cut.

Jem’s trusty nose tells her there’s something in the oven…

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Step 4: Eat Up!

DSC06793Make sure your jerky treats are a golden color with some crisp to them. If they’re still soft and very white, you should cook them for longer. Your treats may take more or less time than mine did depending on the size you cut them. 

Zoey smells something coming out of the oven…

DSC06800And Jem is quick to investigate…DSC06816“Are all of these for me?!” 

DSC06850Jem can’t believe her eyes!

DSC06844OH my gosh they really ARE for me…

DSC06841And soon enough Jem couldn’t get enough…

DSC06843But Zoey’s height doesn’t keep her from taking a whiff…

DSC06857And she loves what she tastes!

DSC06861These jerky treats were so easy to make and healthy for the dogs. Based on their reactions, these seemed to be their favorite dog treats that I’ve ever made! I had to put them away in the refrigerator and spray Febreeze to get Jem to stop sniffing around the kitchen for more! 

Other favorite homemade treat recipes:

 

Yummy Homemade Banana Dog Treats

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comWhat’s better than homemade dog treats? When they’re only 1 ingredient! These banana dog treats are super easy to make and much cheaper than store-bought treats. You can’t go wrong! And your doggy is going to love them.

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

All you need for this recipe is bananas! I chose to use 5 bananas because I have 3 hungry doggies to treat this week. 

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI chose bananas that still had some green color. This made them stay in tact better when I cut them rather than soft, ripe bananas. 

Step 2: Peel and Cut The Bananas

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homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI sliced my bananas into bite-sized pieces since my dogs are small. When I give them treats, I like them to be bite-size rewards after a walk, trick, or good behavior. Over-treating can lead to obesity and other health problems. 

banana dog treats from radiofence.comYou can also slice the bananas long-ways into three pieces for a chewy treat for bigger dogs. This shape is also great if you want your dog to have a treat that will last longer.  Don’t worry if you can’t cut them perfectly, as you can see mine broke!

Step 3: Place & Bake

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comPlace the bananas on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any in stock! I heard that squeezing lemon on the treats will keep them from browning, but I don’t know if it made much of a difference. I’d say that this step of adding lemon isn’t necessary. 

homemade banana dog treats from RadioFence.comBake in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour & 30 minutes. They will come out of the oven still a little bit soft. Let them sit and cool for about 30 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet. You can cook them for longer if your dogs prefer a crispier treat. 

Step 4: Go Bananas!

Yep, that’s right. My pups went absolutely bananas over these treats! It was so much fun to watch them freaking out over the taste. 

Zoey and Laci were the first ones out of the gate…

zoey and laci homemade dehydrated banana dog treats from radiofence.comI wasn’t sure which one of them would get the first bite…

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comBut before they could get a taste…

radiofence.com banana dog treats INCOMING! Jem swooped in for the prize! And with one sniff of the banana…

banana dog treats from radiofence.comShe was hooked!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsZoey had to see what all the fuss was about…

radiofence.com banana dog treatsAnd she was in love!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsIt was Laci’s turn to fight for a taste…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsShe wasn’t about to let Jem steal her bite…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsOut of the way, Jem… this bite is mine!

laci radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsSuccess! Laci got her bite, and she went crazy for it…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsThe girls loved their treats so much that they wished their Uncle Buddy there to try them. But since they didn’t have a big dog to share the big pieces with, they would just have to split it in three…

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Health Benefits Of Bananas For Dogs 

Bananas are beneficial to dogs when given in moderation, so a treat is the perfect solution. They’re one of the most nutritious fruits you can feed your dog. They have high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium that your dog may not be getting from her dog food.

Large/Medium sized dogs can eat up to half of a banana a few times per week. Smaller breeds should have smaller slices. It is recommended to feed your dog bananas in moderation since they can cause constipation in humans and dogs when consumed heavily. If your dog struggles with constipation on a regular basis, it may be wise to avoid banana treats. 

Dogs that suffer with colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, benefit greatly from eating bananas because the enzymes soothe irritations in the intestines. Always consult your veterinarian to make sure any nutritional additives to your dogs diet coincide with her treatment regimen. 

 

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