Vegetables provide soluble and insoluble fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and an array of nutrients. Although dogs do not require carbohydrates for their essential nutrients, providing a small amount of non-starchy plant matter can be of benefit.
Fiber is resistant to enzymatic digestion. This allows the carbohydrate to make its way to the colon and become fermented and creates Short-Chain Fatty Acid (SCFAs), which aids in healthy gut flora. In addition, this aids in the synthesization of vitamin K.
Phytonutrients are a wide variety of nonnutritive chemical compounds in plants. They aim to resist bacteria and viruses and fend off animals and bugs. Phytochemicals are a great source of antioxidants that have protective effects. A few examples of phytonutrients are polyphenols (flavonoids, isoflavonoids, anthocyanidins), terpenoids, carotenoids, limonoids, and fibers.
After some planning, this recipe is a sunshine-inspired golden veggie mix. We'll use all low glycemic index veggies prepped appropriately.