Orange is the new … well, it’s the new black, of course, but it’s also def the color of right now.
I mean this time of year.
Orange is everywhere.
Orange leaves. Orange candy. Orange football jerseys. Orange home decor.
My neighborhood Rite Aid puked orange all over an entire aisle.
And in my weekend food-prep adventures on Sunday, I realized why orange is the color of autumn. All the veggies I’m working with right now are ((… drum roll…))
Pumpkins, butternut squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, bell peppers.
Beta carotene as far as the eye can see! (and we need it in order to see, so there you go. Complete circle).
The body converts beta carotene into Vitamin A, which we (dogs included) need for healthy skin, eyes, vision, and immune system. When it comes from dietary wHOLe foods, the body only converts as much as it needs.
But wait! There’s MORE!
The veggies I mention are also full of FIBER and other nutrients that are vital for good health.
Even if you’ve not gone wHOLe raw for your dog, add a little pureed pumpkin to her kibble and watch her suck it down. Especially if you’ve got a dog that needs to shed a few LB’s, adding some extra fiber can help with that.
Warning: your dog may come down with a good case of the toots after all this fiber. Granddaddy called sweet potatoes “music roots” for a reason. Good news, tho. There’s an app for that. Apple cider vinegar normalizes stomach acid levels, and helps reduce intestinal gas, but that’s a topic for another day.
Bake 3 sweet potatoes in the oven for 90 minutes at 350-degrees.
Let them cool & peel the skins off.
Dice a 1.5-lb butternut squash and 3 large carrots
Toss in coconut oil and roast in a 375-degree oven for 40 minutes.
Dump everything in the blender together, add enough water or broth to get it going & puree till smooth.
Orange orange bo-borange, banana fanna fo forange, me mi mo morange. Orange! (Ok. I’ll stop singing).
Pugs & kisses,