It’s Hard to ‘Beet’ Chard!
Swiss chard is one of my favourite veggies. I grow a lot of it. It’s versatile, there’s no waste and both the leaves and the stems are healthy and tasty!
So what about Swiss chard and dogs you ask? Well that’s the best bit. Dogs enjoy it too. And in moderation, it’s good for them. What’s not to like, eh?
Just lightly cook to remove the slightly bitter taste of older leaves and this member of the beetroot family is ready to go!
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I don’t know why we don’t see more of Swiss chard in the supermarkets. It’s such a super versatile vegetable!
As far as dogs and Swiss chard are concerned, this cultivated descendant of the sea beet has a lot going for it. It’s a good source of vitamins A, C, E and K. Unlike we mere mortals, dogs can actually make their own vitamin C, but every little helps. (Now where have I heard that said before)?
Chard is also high in fibre, iron, magnesium, manganese and protein, perfect for anyone wishing to feed their dog a vegan or vegetarian non-meat diet. It’s also low in calories, ideal then if you dog is in desperate need of shedding a little lumber. And it can help your dog with its vision, blood, liver, colon and immune system.
As you may have gathered, I use Swiss chard a lot in my own and my dogs’ food. I used it in this pork dog food recipe for example.
I recommend you try Swiss chard in your dog’s homemade dog food!
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