Yes, your dog can eat carrots! Carrots are affordable and useful additions to your dog’s diet. They’re low in calories, crispy, and sweet, and most dogs really like them.
Carrots are packed with nutrients
They’re loaded with beta-carotenes, antioxidants, fiber, vitamins C and K (required for blood clotting), and potassium. They are an excellent source of magnesium, manganese, most of the B vitamins, and phosphorus, which are needed for energy production, among other things. Carrots are also a good source of lutein, which is important for eye health.
Precautions: Carrots are high in fiber. So introduce them slowly. Organic carrots are also best; Although they are not on the Environment Working Group’s “dirty dozen” list, they can be high in pesticide residues as root vegetables. (For more information on pesticide levels, see the 2020 EEC Buying Guide.)
How to add carrots to your dog
To reward good behavior, you can feed your dog raw carrots that are cut into sticks or thinly sliced. Grate raw carrots for a meal boost and add them as a topper or lightly steam them in chicken broth for twice the deliciousness.
No peeling required
Be sure to wash the carrots before using them. When you buy organic, you don’t have to peel them. The skin is as healthy as the rest of the vegetables. Carrot greens are loaded with nutrients, but you need to finely chop them to mask their earthy taste, which not all dogs like.
Quick tips: Use a small piece of carrot to cork a filled kong. You can also add grated carrots to any of your favorite dog recipes.
Easy carrot recipe
Preheat the oven to 350 ° and line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat.
- 8 ounces. Carrots, washed and unpeeled
- 2 TBSP. peanut butter
- 6 ounces. (1½ cups) whole grain or oat flour (or a mixture of flours) *
- Optional: 1 tsp. Honey or maple syrup
* It is best to use kitchen scales for dry measurements. Depending on the type of flour used, 6 ounces. may or may not equal 1½ dry measuring cups.
1: Roughly chop the carrots, then steam very soft. Let cool slightly and puree or puree in a food processor. Reserve the steaming water.
2: Add the peanut butter and optional honey / maple syrup, pulse or mix again.
3: Add a little bit of flour, pulse or mix until all of the flour is absorbed. You can add some of the reserved steam water if the dough is too dry or add more flour if it is too wet.
4: Put the dough on a disc, cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for at least an hour.
5: Remove the chilled dough, divide it into three equal sections, and shape each section into a log (like playing with clay). Get your hands wet to keep the dough from sticking. For larger cookies, make 2 “dough logs; about 1” is best for smaller ones.
6: To make it easier to cut, chill the logs in the freezer for 30 minutes. The bigger size takes longer. (No need to cover with plastic.)
7: Thinly cut the chilled stems into individual biscuits about ¼ “thick.
Bake 8:30 to 45 minutes.
Place on the grid until cool. Treats can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days and also frozen.
Yield: About 100 little goodies
Number of calories: Estimated 7.7 Kcal / treatment