The craze of sweet potato fries has been sweeping restaurants everywhere. They're marketed as a healthy alternative to traditional fries made from white potatoes. Did you know that sweet potato fries for dogs are a safe and healthy treat for our canine companions as well?
Sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate that are filled with vitamins and minerals for us and our furry family members. They offer a natural energy source and are easy to include in homemade dog food or treats. Sweet potatoes are actually known as a superfood for dogs.
The term sweet potato is often used interchangeable with yam, but keep in mind that these are two different foods.
Most dogs love the taste of sweet potato, and very few dogs are allergic to it. In fact, this vegetable actually aids in digestive health because they are so high in dietary fiber. Veterinarians and canine nutritionists often recommend adding sweet potatoes to a homemade canine diet for this benefit.
Sweet potatoes are low in fat, yet high in Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 and Manganese. Like carrots, their also rich in the beneficial antioxidant beta-carotene. In your dog's body, this antioxidant will convert to Vitamin A – a vitamin essential for eye health, growth and muscle strength.
Now do you see why this vegetable is known a superfood for dogs? It's very easy to add to Fido's diet, especially with this quick and easy recipe. With just four ingredients and a short cook time, you can bake these sweet potato fries for dogs multiple times each week if you need to.
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Sweet Potato Fries for Dogs Recipe
- 1 medium to large sweet potato
- 1 tbsp. melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tbsp. turmeric
Preheat your oven to 425°.
First, you'll need to wash the sweet potato. Keep in mind that you can use multiple potatoes, I just used one for the purpose of this recipe demonstration.
In a large resealable bag, add the sweet potato slices, melted coconut oil and spices. Give the bag a good shake until the fries are evenly coated with oil and spices. Then, place the fries on a cookie sheet in a single layer. If you use multiple potatoes, you may need to use more than one cookie sheet.
Bake them on one side for about 15 minutes, and then flip the fries over for even baking. Bake them for another 15 minutes on the other side.
Once their finished, you can store these sweet potato fries for dogs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 5-7 days.