I recently bought a terribly expensive Vitamix blender in a quest to sneak more vegetables into my diet.
The dogs have been watching me closely as I “destroy” food in it and it made me wonder if they could eat my green smoothie too.
I can get almost a days’ worth of veggies past my lips if they are blended with fruit so I don’t taste them so I thought a dog friendly smoothie may be a way to add more fruits and veggies to my dog’s diet too.
I looked up the ingredients of my favorite green smoothie to make sure that none of the ingredients were harmful to pets (and they weren’t).
I made it the other day and gave it a doggie taste test. Chester and Gretel approve.
It’s not something I would give them every day but it is a fun treat.
Dog Smoothie Recipe
Dog-friendly smoothie Ingredients:
- 6 large leaves of dino kale (also known as Tuscan kale, lacinato kale)
- 1/2 cup rainbow chard
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1 1/2 bananas
- 3/4 cup unsweetened apple juice
- 2 Tbs plain greek yogurt
- 1/2 inch peeled ginger (optional)
Note: one or more ingredients can be frozen to make the smoothie colder. I like mine really cold but only use one two two frozen ingredients when I am sharing the green smoothie with my dog so ensure it is not too cold for them.
Put everything into a blender and liquefy.
That’s it! Ok, not maybe completely it.
It’s possible that there is not enough liquid in the blender to fully puree the ingredients. Instead, they get bound up.
If this happens, add 1/4 cup of water at a time to try and get things moving again.
I found that adding ice cubes can also help.
This green smoothie recipe will make approximately 19 oz.
I give my dogs 2 – 3 oz each and drink the rest myself.
For another dog smoothie recipe, check out the Irresistible Green Smoothie Recipe for Dogs from IrresistiblePets.com.
I think I am going to try that one next.
Disclaimer: This is a smoothie recipe I created to share with my dogs. I am not a nutritionist nor a veterinarian. It may or may not work the same for your pet. Always check with your vet when adding anything new to their diet.
About the Author
Hi, I’m Jessica. I’ve been studying the Dachshund breed since 2007, owned 3 of my own, and shared in the lives of thousands of others through their owner’s stories. When I’m not sharing what I know on this blog, you can find me hiking, camping, and traveling with my adventurous wiener dogs.