Are you looking for an easy and healthy way to add some variety to your dog’s diet?
Look no further than green beans!
Not only are they safe for dogs to eat, but they also provide essential nutrients like fiber and vitamins.
They’re also an inexpensive way to take your dog’s food to the next level and cut some calories.
Let’s take a look at four easy ways to add green beans to your dog’s diet that are both nutritious and delicious.
Can Dogs Have Green Beans?
Green beans can be a great addition to a dog’s normal diet and they can make great treats.
Green beans are packed with fiber, low in calories and contain minerals and vitamins, such as Vitamin A, C, and K.
Most dogs will tolerate them in moderation but it’s always recommended to check with your vet before adding any new foods to your dog’s diet.
Green beans are often recommended by many veterinarians for weight loss in dogs and there’s even a green bean diet for dogs.
Replacing a small part of a dog’s regular food with frozen or cooked green beans is a great way to drop some calories and fat from your dog’s diet.
According to Dr. Jennifer Coates, a veterinary advisor for Chewy.com, “Green beans are a great way to add some extra fiber and bulk to a dog’s diet. They’re also a good source of vitamins and minerals, and they can help keep dogs feeling full and satisfied without adding a lot of extra calories.”
Preparing Green Beans For Your Dog
When preparing to add green beans to your dog’s food, avoid using any seasonings or fatty oils.
We’re trying to keep the green beans as natural as we can so they provide your dog with healthy benefits not fatting ones.
Easy Ways To Give Your Dog Green Beans
Green beans can be served to dogs in a few different ways including:
Fresh Green Beans
Fresh green beans have a crunch to them and many dogs will enjoy a few straight from the garden.
Just make sure that they are washed and chop them up for smaller dogs.
Frozen Green Beans
Most dogs will prefer their green beans frozen because they pack a nice big crunch!
Fresh green beans that you’ve blanched and frozen are a great snack or mix-in for your dog.
You can also buy frozen green beans from the grocery store but make sure there aren’t any other unnecessary ingredients in there like salt, garlic, onion or other seasonings.
I also use them in our frosty pumpkin dog treats!
You can also use frozen green beans in your dog’s food.
Throwing in the vegetables will sometimes slow down dogs that eat too fast.
Steamed Green Beans
Sherman and Leroy aren’t fans of steamed beans but many dogs are.
Simply steam, let cool and serve them up in your dog’s dish with their food or alone as a snack.
Dehydrated Green Beans
Dehydrated green beans are an excellent snack for dogs because they are nice and crunchy.
You can so them plain, coat them with some coconut oil or try this fun recipe from our friends at Kol’s Notes.
I’ll be making dehydrated green bean chips for the dogs this week and I’ll share how it goes later on!
Lastly, you can puree green blenders in a blender or food processor and give that as, pour the mashed green beans into a silicone mold and freeze them or add them to another one of your dog’s favorite frozen treats.
Dogs can also have canned beans, just make sure that they are low in sodium or salt-free, but I figured many people have a plethora of green beans like me right about now and they are looking for some fun ways to use them.
And once again, we always recommended checking with your veterinarian before adding a new food to your dog’s diet, especially if you are looking at a weight loss program.
It’s said that green beans should not account for more than 10% of your dog’s diet and if fed in large amounts they can cause nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Sunday 26th of August 2018
Dex is a bonafide weirdo an anti veg-ite. I sneak rehydrated veggies into his food and he eats them. I wish he would be like, you know, 'normal,' and eat green beans as a power snack. But noooooo he will not. Great tips here.
All Things Collie
Monday 20th of August 2018
We add them to our collies diets when we notice a little weight gain. They never seem to mind them. (Unlike when I sneak in fresh blueberries. Those tend to remain in their bowls after they eat their kibble.)
Tails Around the Ranch
Monday 20th of August 2018
Elsa loves green beans, Sam isn't much of a fan, unless they've got a big dose of parmesan melted on top...because parm goes with everything. Thanks for the dehydration idea. May give that a shot the next time I have a slew of extra beans.