Why quinoa is a great addition to your dog’s bowl
Pronounced keen-wah, this ancient grain and powerful superfood is ideal for dogs and a great addition to their diet. You can find quinoa in our Lamb and Turkey Bowls!
What is quinoa?
Native to South America, quinoa has become increasingly popular over the years and is considered to be a powerful superfood for both humans and puppers. Known as a pseudo-cereal grain due to its similarities to a seed, quinoa is gluten-free, making it ideal for puppers with sensitivities or intolerances to wheat. Wheat is a starch that is commonly found in kibble and can cause health issues such as itchy skin and digestive issues.
Why is quinoa so good for your dog?
Whilst tiny in size, quinoa is jam-packed with goodness and bursting with an extensive list of benefits:
- A great source of fibre and protein to help keep your pup feeling full for longer.
- High in antioxidants, quinoa can help fight inflammation and oxidative damage caused by free radicals.
- Contains optimal levels of healthy fats, and is rich in iron and magnesium.
- Aids in digestion by removing toxins from the body.
- Helps to regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and is a great option for puppers with high blood lipids, including cholesterol and triglycerides.
Quinoa is also considered to be a complete plant protein, and is high in lysine, methionine and cysteine, amino acids that plant foods are often low in. Finally, feeding quinoa is a great way to ensure your pupper is receiving all the vitamins and minerals they need to live a healthy life.
Adding quinoa to your dog’s diet
Some dogs can find grains such as corn, wheat, and soy hard to digest and can even cause dietary related issues, so with many incredible benefits, quinoa is a great substitute and put simply, adding quinoa to your pup’s diet just makes sense. It’s important to note, though, that some puppers can be sensitive to quinoa.
When adding it to your pup’s bowl, start by giving small amounts and see how they respond. Always ensure the quinoa is cooked and plain to enable proper digestion, and make sure to avoid any sauce or seasoning. If you notice any changes in your pup’s bowel movements, including constipation, diarrhoea, or even vomiting, remove the quinoa from their diet and refrain from feeding it to them again.
Where does our quinoa come from?
Our quinoa is grown and harvested in the mountains of Bolivia. Staying true to our ethical values, no insecticides, pesticides, preservatives or additives are used at any stage of the process.
Lyka: bursting with superfoods to make your pupper feel super good
With an extensive line-up of signature recipes on offer, each containing a handpicked mix of superfoods, Lyka’s recipes will help your pupper glow from the inside out. Along with quinoa, you will find turmeric, blueberries, kale, spirulina, hemp seeds and psyllium seed husk, with each recipe bursting with nutritional, vet-approved goodness.