Leafy greens are known for having a lot of health benefits for both dogs and their humans, but if your dog isn’t a big salad eater then it might seem challenging to add the leafy food to their meals. Frozen treats and smoothies are generally made with mostly fruit and veggies, so they are a perfect opportunity to add some greens to your (or your dog’s) diet. And better yet, unless you use some obscure ingredients frozen treats and smoothies are all pretty tasty for us humans too!

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I knew I wanted to give Ralph and Luna the chance to celebrate but alas they can’t partake in all the Guinness drinking and would probably eat more than their fair share of Kerrygold cheese and corned beef. Don’t worry, they would leave you plenty of cabbage though. To protect my cheese and beer and of course to keep things a bit healthier, I whipped them up a batch of green frozen treats to enjoy.

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treats - DIY Green Dog Treat Recipe

Benefits of Greens for Dogs

Kale – May help prevent some forms of cancer including colon and bladder. Kale is low in calories, but a great source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, beta carotene, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Dogs can enjoy this green raw, lightly cooked, or dehydrated.

Spinach – Helps maintain good bone health and growth and may help prevent some types of cancer. Spinach is full of necessary antioxidants and iron along with vitamin K.

Swiss Chard – An excellent source of vitamins A, K, and C as well as fiber and protein. However, eating too much Swiss Chard (or Kale) may affect calcium absorption, so make sure your dog’s diet has enough calcium already!

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treats - DIY Green Dog Treat Recipe - Benefits of Greens for Dogs

Other fruit and vegetables also have important vitamins and minerals and some added health benefits including pears, celery, and bananas.

Pears – May help lower the chance of a stroke. Pears are full of copper, vitamin K, and vitamin C plus they are loaded with fiber. Just make sure to dispose of the pit and seeds before serving.

Celery – May help promote a healthy heart and fight cancer. Celery is crunchy and fun to eat, plus it is full of vitamins A, B, and C. Added bonus? It helps fresh bad doggy breath!

Bananas – Great low calorie treat. Bananas are high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. They are also low in cholesterol and sodium, but high in sugar. Don’t go overboard with these sweet treats!

Apples – Great for senior dogs. Apples are low in protein and fat, but high in vitamins A and C. Just make sure to avoid the seeds!

Cucumber – May help boost your dog’s energy levels. Cucumbers contain no carbohydrates, fats, or oils, but are high in vitamins K, C, and B1, potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.

Ginger – Helps combat nausea and bloat. Ginger is also known as an anti-inflammatory, so it may help with arthritis. It may also be helpful in fighting cancer and treating heartworm.

Spinach, Pear, Celery, and Ginger Frozen (Green) Dog Treats

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treats - DIY Green Dog Treat Recipe

St. Patrick’s Day Frozen Dog Treats

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Baby Spinach (cleaned)
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 cups Pear (pealed and chopped into 1" pieces)
  • 1 cup Celery (cleaned and chopped into 1" pieces)
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger (pealed and finely chopped)
  • Ice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Clean and chop all your fruit and vegetables.
  2. Add your spinach and water to blender. Blend until leafy bits are gone.
  3. Add all your fruit and vegetables to the blender. Blend for about 1 minute until smooth.
  4. Pour mixture into a silicone mold or ice cube tray.
  5. Freeze for 3 hours or overnight until firm.
http://www.beaglesandbargains.com/st-patricks-day-green-frozen-dog-treat-recipe/

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treats - DIY Green Dog Treat Recipe

Pro tip – You don’t have to wait to enjoy this recipe. I actually only froze half of the mixture and the rest we enjoyed as smoothies right away. That’s right my boyfriend, myself, Ralph, and Luna all got a share!

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treat Recipe - DIY Green Smoothie for Dogs

If you are making a smoothie instead of a frozen treat, I recommend adding a bit ice to the blender before serving and blend just enough to break the ice apart. This will cool down the mixture and give it more of a frozen feel.

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treat Recipe - DIY Green Smoothie for Dogs

Feel free to mix and match leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits depending on your or your dog’s personal preference. If you aren’t a huge ginger fan, try apple or banana instead. Riper fruit will likely taste sweeter, so you might need to balance it out with more leafy greens.

St. Patrick's Day Frozen Dog Treats - DIY Green Dog Treat Recipe

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Jessica Shipman

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Jessica Shipman is a bargain hunter, food lover, and software engineer figuring out how to be a pet parent for the first time. Jessica has been a long time lover of all animals (especially llamas and manatees) and is happy that she can finally combine that love with technology.
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  • sandy weinstein

    my girls love steamed mustard greens in olive oil and garlic powder. they also love other greens as well.

  • Yummy, your treats look super delicious! My pups get to enjoy homemade frozen treats on a regular basis as well. I haven’t added pear to their veggie/fruit concoctions yet – thanks for the idea!

  • I have some really cute ice cube trays and will have to use them to try these out. I sure hope my dogs like them because it will be a healthy treat for them.

  • Debbie Bailey

    Those actually sound really good, and healthy too. Hmm.. may be time to finally get a mold and start making some treats. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Tonya Wilhelm

    Nice, nice, nice! Love these treats. Yummy and so healthy.

  • (Miss) Edie the Pug

    Great recipe! These make for wonderful healthy treats. Edie loves vegetables and I’m sure she would enjoy these. Thanks!

  • sherri

    These are cute. I’ll likely try them though my dog is very very picky. (I might end up eating the rest). I need these ice cube trays though to really make ’em cute. Where did you find them?

    • beaglesbargains

      I ordered them online somewhere, but I can’t remember where now! I know Amazon has some, but they might not be the same.

  • Nichole

    Sure looks like your gang loves ’em! I love how vibrant them look!!! Happy St Paddy’s Day!

  • Kristen Morris

    Yum! Thinking about whipping up a batch of these for my humans πŸ™‚ thanks for all the great info about the health benefits.

  • This is awesome! It would be perfect for my dogs who love veggies!

  • claycath

    Those are so cute and I like that you made something both dogs and humans can share.

  • Rochelle Epstein

    Great recipe and love the idea that it is for everyone πŸ™‚

  • Oh my gosh, that picture with Luna’s tongue is priceless! I definitely want to try these for Mauja and Atka πŸ™‚

  • jana rade

    That looks fantastic. Though there doesn’t seem to be enough meat in it, says Cookie.

    • beaglesbargains

      My pups still get plenty of protein! Adding meat to these would probably discourage us humans from sharing them.

  • A healthy treat the whole family can enjoy? Sounds good to me!

  • Dash Kitten in NZ

    I hate to say this but Green is SO not my colour (it makes me look as though I have faded to a pale white). What keeps me sane is that the world has green leaves, cats have green treats and dogs have green food too. This will be SO GOOD FOR YOU doggy people – veryone should go and make it now!!!!! !! πŸ™‚

  • Pip

    These are super adorable and looks like they would be yummy for people or pups!

  • My dogs would love these! They are huge fans of vegetables and fruit, especially kale.

  • DearMishu

    Those are gorgeous! I love how your pup is so dainty taking one in his mouth! I’d like to eat one of those!

    • beaglesbargains

      Ralph is very gentle when he takes treats. Luna doesn’t quite have the same manners!

  • Kids Pet Club

    Kilo the Pug is very jealous. I had planned to make him some yummy green treats- those look fantastic! However life got in the way and I am travelling sadly. We celebrated early with a big chew.

  • You could sell these! They are adorable and look yummy at the same time.

  • Tenacious Little Terrier

    Those turned out fantastic! Enjoy the cheese and corned beef you get to have to yourselves now.

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  • Rebecca at MattieDog

    Oh my lordy, these are a great idea for St. Patrick’s Day pup treats! We will try them out, in a couple of weeks, because we’re hosting a ‘green’ dog party (fundraiser for a green/earth friendly dog rescue)! Thanks!

  • christycaplan

    The ingredients you used are absolutely outstanding. Happy St. Patty’s Day to you! I love the way these look when they’re done. And the pic with your munchkin is outstanding! I think Ginger is a great ingredient since it has so many benefits. How does the smoothie taste?

  • Rochelle Epstein

    We always love your recipes – thanks for sharing

  • Meg Tucker

    This is fantastic! I can make these all the time for my baby girl!

  • Richard Hicks

    What a great healthy treat for our doggies

  • sandy weinstein

    these are very cute, my dogs dont like spinach though, they will eat mustard greens if steamed in olive oil

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