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
Break off the weird ends of the green beans just like you would for any “human” recipe.
Step 2: Dehydrate
Whether or not you have a dehydrator machine, dehydrating is simple and easy. I just use my oven!
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!
Wasn’t that easy?! Now you have a wonderfully healthy treat with barely any work required. Love it!
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!
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!
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.
- Fat-soluble vitamin that improves eye health and helps maintain optimal heart health
- Fat-soluble vitamin that helps with natural healing from injury or surgery and aids the body’s ability to absorb calcium for strong bones
- Water-soluble vitamin that enhances a dog’s immunity and regulates blood pressure
- Prevention of cancer
- 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.