Cook & feed your dog Green Beans
Green Beans for Dogs
High in fibre and low in calories, nutritious green beans are packed with vitamins and minerals our dogs can benefit from – particularly if your best friend is one of those who could do with shedding the odd pound or two.
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Green Beans are dog-friendly!
About Green Beans:
Green beans have many common names – French beans, string beans and snap beans to name a few. They are all cultivars of the common bean and they are all the unripe young fruit and protective pods of those common bean cultivars, harvested and eaten complete with their pods before the seeds inside have fully matured and ripened.
From a dog’s perspective, along with a great many other ingredients, they all share just one common name.
As food, green beans have a great deal going for them. Tasty and nutritious, they’re high in fibre and low in calories.
So if you want to help your dog lose weight, they’re ideal. Simply reduce the amount of your dog’s normal food and make up the difference with green beans. Your dog will feel fuller for longer because of the high fibre content but will lose weight because the beans are lower in calories than his or normal food. It’s a win, win situation. Your dog will not go hungry but a healthy weight means a healthier lifestyle and, importantly, a longer life!
Benefits of Green Beans:
Green beans are a good source of vitamins A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 and B9 together with vitamins C and K. They’re also a good source of iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and zinc. And not forgetting omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, folic acid and beta-carotene.
Green beans are good for digestive health, help build muscle and improve bone strength, help maintain good skin condition and a healthy coat and help strengthen the immune system.
Many vets highly recommend green beans for dogs!
Preparing & Cooking:
Chop small enough to ensure they’re not a choking hazard, then steam or boil fresh or frozen green beans and add to other recipe ingredients.
Steam a bowl of green beans and drizzle with melted coconut oil, or feed your dog the occasional uncooked green bean as a healthy treat.
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Because they are low in calories and high in fibre, green beans are great for a dog needing to lose weight. Your dog will feel full more quickly and so those extra grams or kilos can gradually be reduced.
Don’t feed your dog canned green beans which are likely to contain added salt or sugar.
Follow recipe guidelines to ensure moderation and to avoid digestive issues.
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