Sweet potatoes are one of the best things you can feed your pup, so let’s have a chat about all the reasons why they’re amazing. But first, can we talk about how hard they are, literally? Sweet potatoes, while nutritional celebrities, remind me of poor Hagrid’s rock cakes every time I’m chopping them up for an orange addition to Snitch’s dinner. He had such good intentions when he made them for Harry, Hermione, and Ron. I understand his perspective; we want those we love to eat well. Good intentions don’t always pan out, though, and if you’re not careful, you’ll break a tooth. Or an appendage.
Why in the world are they so much tougher than regular white potatoes? Am I the only one who feels slightly nervous that I may chop off a finger, as I rock back and forth trying to penetrate these solid beasts? Ok, I actually did slice my finger once, badly, while chopping sweet potatoes with a craptastic knife. Don’t be like me–invest in a decent knife for these nutrient-dense badasses. Might I suggest my favorite?
Sweet potatoes are chock full of things that are great for your dog. High in dietary fiber and low in fat, they also packed with vitamins C and B6, potassium, calcium, and iron. But the real star of the show is beta-carotene, the powerful antioxidant that gives this starchy root veggie its glorious orange (or purple!) color. Beta-carotene converts to Vitamin A once in the body, and Vitamin A is responsible for a whole slew of good stuff, including healthy skin and coats, clear vision, strong muscles, and cancer-fighting anti-inflammatory properties.
So, what are you waiting for? Get to chopping and steaming and give your dog this amazing superfood for optimal health! Just promise me, you’ll use a quality knife!