3 Things that Make Squashes and Pumpkins Amazing for Dogs
Other than makeshift lanterns or transport for fairytale characters, pumpkins are a rather overlooked fruit. Unless you’re a Lily’s Kitchen connoisseur, of course.
We use pumpkin and butternut squash a lot in our recipes. Because as well as being great for last minute magical coaches, they’re also full of fantastic nutrients. Here are three amazing things about butternut squash and pumpkin.
1) Colourful carotenes for health
Carotenoids are the yellow, orange and red pigments made by plants. They are abundant in the beautiful winter squashes such as pumpkins and butternuts that we see on our veggie plots at this time of year. The richer the colour of the veg, the greater the concentration of these health giving phytonutrients. These phytonutrients, called flavonoids, are powerful antioxidants that help the body stay fit and strong. In humans, carotenes have been linked to benefits for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. (Taken from The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Dr M Murray & Dr J Pizzorno).
2) Vital vitamins
Winter squashes such as pumpkins are also a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin B1, folic acid, pantothenic acid, potassium, vitamin B6 and niacin, all of which will help your dog to stay well in winter.
3) Dietary fibre
Pumpkin and squashes are an excellent source of fibre and will make sure that your dog’s bowels are working well and they don’t get any trouble from their anal glands (eek!).
Why not try Cooking your Dog a Meal?
No wonder pumpkins have a reputation for being a bit magic. Even better, it’s peak squash season now, so a fantastic time to rustle up one of our squashy recipes - Halloween Hotpot.
Our Recipes with Pumpkin and Squash
Or, for something a bit quicker, serve up one of our gorgeous, naturally wholesome recipes. Each of these beauties includes organic squash or pumpkin to naturally add nutrients, taste and a delicious texture to the recipe.
Wholesome Veggie Feast for Dogs
This is a healthy way to introduce some more exciting variety into your dog’s menu.
Nutritionally complete, we’ve mixed vibrant pumpkin with delicious vegetarian proteins such as cottage cheese, egg, lentils and amaranth. Dogs are natural omnivores so this recipe is a great way to feed a little less meat, whilst keeping your hound happy and healthy. Perfect for pooches who may be sensitive to meat, or for those joining in with Meat Free Mondays.
Chicken and Turkey Casserole for Dogs
A delicious complete wet food for dogs made with whole pieces of freshly prepared chicken and turkey. We’ve also added organic brown rice, loads of organic vegetables including squash and fruits, heaps of nutritious herbs and all the essential vitamins and minerals your pet needs for a truly healthy and nutritious diet.
Venison & Wild Boar Terrine for Dogs
This unique hypoallergenic, grain free recipe is made with freshly prepared venison and wild boar and beautiful organic butternut squash. It's made with lots of veg and fruit together with our unique blend of botanical herbs, including dandelion and burdock root. We've also included hemp oil renowned for its health benefits and its rich source of essential fatty acids.
Organic Chicken & Vegetable Bake Dry Food for Dogs
This delicious organic chicken and vegetable dry food recipe is hypoallergenic, wheat free and is made with delicious organic pumpkin.
It’s also naturally low in fat, with lots of glucosamine and chondroitin for bone and joint support, prebiotics for healthy digestion as well as essential nutrients to boost your dog’s immune system.