Lentils, Your Dog’s 8,000 Year Protein Source

If you have considered replacing your dog’s Road Kill kibbles with home cooked meals, start with organic lentils. A super food and gluten-free with no sulfur to produce digestive gas, legumes pack a powerful and healthy 31% protein with 3% fat. Unlike beans, lentils have no sulfur (digestive gas producing). Lentil artifacts have been found on archeological digs dating back 8,000 years. They have remained an important dietary staple in Europe, the Middle East, and India. Their high protein source have kept them in demand for a long time. Another added benefit is the soluble fiber content. Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, bulking up your dog’s stoles, helping to avoid diarrhea. There are many sources to create yummy meals for your dog to gobble up.  Remember, you are what you absorb, and so is your dog. If you can afford it, think “organic, cage-free, gluten-free, cold-pressed, extra-virgin, growth hormone, no pesticides, etc.”, the healthiest forms of your ingredients.

Cooking Legumes for Your Dog

As always, be sure to choose organic. For cooking, the ratio is 1-1/2 cups water for each cup of dried legumes. Soak them in the pot of water for two hours to soften the hull, which contains B vitamins as well as fiber. You may also wish to add a small (about 2-inch x 4-inch) piece of Kombu seaweed. This helps you dog absorb more nutrients. Bring water to boil, add legumes, bring back to boil, cover and simmer 45 to 60 minutes. All liquid should be absorbed. You can also substitute water with a broth. Your dog would love bone broth, but be careful with packaged due to sodium content.

Any parents of vegan dogs out there? Please share with us your canine kid’s mealtimes. We love hearing from you!

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