Blog post provided by Helen McNall, founder of Wellbeing Essentials.

If only (green leafy) vegetables smelt like bacon…because… green leafy vegetables are of vital importance to our fur kids long-term health. The benefits are too numerous to mention, but reduced cancer risk is a major one and as cancer is now a major cause of death for our beloved dogs, it is certainly worth making green leafy vegetables part of your dogs daily dinner bowl.

I realise that dogs and children are similar in their dislike of anything ‘green’, but dogs are colour-blind to green  and we can make green leafy veggies smell pretty good to a dog, we can hide them amongst the tasty treats with a bit of forward-planning.

A few tips to think about:

  • Use the sweeter varieties rather than bitter leaves – take a bite, you will taste the difference. Rocket, for instance, is ‘peppery’, whereas Choy Sum is sweeter, and curly kale has almost no taste when cooked.
  • Cooked leftover green vegetables get sour, just try leaving some in the fridge for a few days and you will easily see what I mean.
  • But you can freeze them! A bit of forward-planning helps here. If you have a blender or food processor, try making a ‘Salsa Verde’ (green sauce) for dogs.

Salsa Verde ~ ‘Green Sauce’

  • Puree or grind a combination of leaves. Whatever is available, pick 2 or 3.
  • Bok Choy or other Chinese greens
  • Kale – curly or dinosaur (Tuscan cabbage)
  • Spinach – English
  • Swiss chard
  • Parsley
  • Cos (Romaine) lettuce (!)
  • Any green leafy vegetable will do!

How to Make:

  1. Use enough chicken stock to facilitate grinding.(I used 1 cup for this full blender) If no homemade stock, use 1 stock cube to 1 cup of water.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil (30ml) and 1-2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  3. Blend to combine
  4. Pour Salsa Verde into Gladwrap, laid over a muffin tray as shown. These are small serves for a daily dose.
  5. Once frozen slip the frozen ‘green balls’ out into a plastic bag for storage.
  6. Can be served as is, once defrosted, or for a better taste sauté in a pan with a little butter. Yum.
  7. If preferred – you can reduce the liquid by simmering on low heat till reduced. Cool – then freeze in plastic bags. Makes it very delicious.

Adding Wellbeing Essentials to the ‘Salsa Verde’ will make it even more delicious. Wellbeing for Dogs was formulated specifically to be delicious to dogs, it has been called the doggie version of tomato sauce for kids.

This green leafy mix can be added to any food, commercial kibble, raw food, or a lovely home-cooked steak dinner. NomNomNom. Good health and happiness, the perfect combination.

With much love, Helen McNall, Wellbeing For Dogs