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Green Shakes – Healthy YOU + Healthy DOG

Posted by Kelly Jansens on

Part our families’ morning routine is to make “Green Shakes” before we head off to work or school. We call it green shake, because it is a blended mixture of all things natural and healthy…some fruit, vegetables and super foods are added.

Bodie-dog is part of our family and he knows what shake-time is. In fact, when he hears to blender turn on, he patiently waits in the kitchen for his portion of the shake. He laps the shake up out of his bowl with a tail a wagging.

All of the items that we put in a green shake are food items that are good for dogs (see list of items that are NOT good for your dog, listed below). For the most part we blend in the following food items in our shakes:

¼ cup of kefir milk – lactose free

1 banana (and or ½ Apple)

Handful of spinach leafs or whatever salad was left over from dinner the night prior

2 Cups filtered water

1 T. Organic turmeric

1 tsp organic raw chia

 These shakes obviously are good for humans and can be for dogs too. The ingredient, turmeric is an added bonus as it is an all-natural inflammation fighter. As we age and animals too, inflammation sets in. This is a great add to anyone’s diet.

Some animals have allergies and sensitive stomachs, so make sure you run this by your Veterinarian. I am not an authority on this subject; however know that this works well for my dog’s diet. I also consulted with a Veterinarian that gave me a thumbs-up.

Our family makes a conscience effort to eat clean and healthy, so why not for my dog, too! He deserves the best.

“Cheers” to Green Shakes!

~Kelly (& Bodie-dog)

Here is a list of food/beverage items that may be dangerous to your pets’ consumption. (Copied from the United States Humane Society website):

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Apple seeds 
  • Apricot pits 
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) 
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes 
  • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing) 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Moldy foods 
  • Mushroom plants 
  • Mustard seeds 
  • Onions and onion powder 
  • Peach pits 
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Raisins 
  • Rhubarb leaves 
  • Salt 
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine) 
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Walnuts 
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough

This information was compiled from various sources.

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