Autumn is here and with it our favorite comfort foods begin to reappear. Steaming hot and delicious, our favorite homemade soups and stews start showing up on our tables. There is no doubt that these meals are satisfying, nutritious, and fill us with warmth. But, have you ever considered making them for your dog? If not, maybe it’s time to think about it. Vegetable soup for dogs is very healthy for our four-legged friends. It is filling without packing in a bunch of extra calories and is packed with healthy vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes. And, dogs love it!
It’s a perfect solution for our pudgy dog friends looking to drop a few pounds, because you can supplement their food without derailing their diet. Dogs enjoy vegetable soup warm, chilled, as a standalone meal, or a yummy food topper. The best part is that it’s easy and affordable to make too!
Vegetable Soup Recipe for Dogs
1 large cucumber
2 – 3 vine ripe tomatoes (NO GREEN PARTS, leaves or stems!)
1 bell pepper (remove seeds)
1/5 cup canned 100% pumpkin puree
A few sprigs of parsley
2 cups of low sodium, organic vegetable, chicken, or beef broth.
Add one or two of these half cup servings of your dog’s favorite seasonal vegetables, such as:
½ cup kale
½ cup spinach
½ cup carrots
½ cup white potatoes
½ cup sweet potatoes
½ cup broccoli
½ cup cauliflower
½ cup green beans
½ cup Brussels sprouts
Wash vegetables and remove skin, if needed or desired. Cut into 1” cubes. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor with broth and mix until smooth or the consistency of your choice is reached. Serve cool, room temperature or warmed. Makes 6 servings. Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days. You may freeze any unused or extra portions for your convenience.
Cucumbers: Aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, freshen breath, support heart and brain health.
Tomatoes: High in vitamin C for immune system support, help prevent cancer and protect the heart.
Bell peppers: Antioxidant rich, reduces inflammation, help prevent cancer, help balance blood sugar.
Pumpkin: Soluble fiber aids in digestion, immune system support, helps prevent cancer.
Parsley: Freshens breath, protects against arthritis and is good for the heart.
Kale: Good for heart, antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, helps prevent cancer.
Spinach: Builds strong bones, helps prevent cancer and supports heart health.
Carrots: Promotes eye health, heart health, helps prevent cancer.
White potatoes: Protects heart health, good for the brain, supports nervous system.
Sweet potatoes: Aid digestion, fight inflammation, help in regulating blood sugar, immune system support.
Broccoli: High fiber, fights inflammation, helps prevent cancer.
Green beans: Promote heart health, fight inflammation, detoxifies the body.
Brussels sprouts: Protects the heart, promotes good digestion and fights inflammation.