When I think back to my childhood, I can’t recall ever hearing the word kale let alone about people eating a vegetable named kale. I don’t even think my parents heard of kale, it wasn’t something they served at the dinner table that’s for sure.
Today, suddenly kale is all over the place! It has become a very big health fad to eat things containing kale. Kale salads, kale in smoothies, soups and more.
Why is kale suddenly such a big deal?? It’s not like it hasn’t been in existence. I think it all stems from the sudden publicizing by the media that it has tons of health benefits for us. If it’s so good for our bodies, does that mean it’s good for our furry friends too?
Kale is an abundant source of fiber, calcium, vitamin A, E and C. Kale’s health benefits are due to the high concentration and excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and phytonutrients. Some research has shown that kale can be effective in prevention of heart disease and can help prevent some forms of colon and bladder cancer. Kale is also rich in lutein which supports eye-health.
Kale really does have an unbelievable amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In most meat based diets that dogs enjoy, there is a lack of many of these minerals that are found in kale, so its a great addition to their diet.
Kale contains indole-3-carbinol, which benefits in fighting cancer. Kale helps to support the heart and cardiovascular system and is a good way to help cleanse and detox the body. Dogs have similar digestive needs as humans, but dogs need help to keep their digestive system running smoothly.
An active digestive system will help to cleanse the body of toxins while boosting the immune system. Simply adding kale to your dogs diet can keep him/her healthier longer, with fewer visits to the vet.
Kale does have many great properties, however, too much kale like anything else is not good. Everything in moderation! Every now and then, giving your dog some kale is fine and can be enjoyed without worry.
Avoid feeding kale to dogs with certain types of bladder stones or kidney disease.
Most dogs won’t just eat raw kale because the taste just isn’t appealing to them. In order to incorporate some kale into my dogs diet I created an easy recipe that can be used as a meal topper or a treat. This particular recipe makes 18 muffins.
- 3 lbs Ground chicken
- 12 oz chopped kale
- 3 eggs
- olive or coconut oil to coat baking cups
- 3 muffin pans
- preheat oven to 350 degrees
- coat muffin cups lightly with either coconut oil or olive oil to prevent sticking
- chop and steam kale
- mix kale with ground chicken and eggs
- fill muffin cups
- bake 45 minutes – 1 hour or until done (oven times will vary)
- allow to cool to touch and drain any fat
- when completely cool store in fridge or freezer until ready to use
Again let me close by saying to ALWAYS consult your Veterinarian about adding new things to your pets diet.