As Halloween approaches, I thought I'd share the wonderful benefits of pumpkin for your dog's diet. Served raw or cooked, pumpkin contains a plethora of nutrients including vitamins A, B, C and E, antioxidants (beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin), copper, enzymes, iron, fibre, manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
The high water content in it can assist with constipation and diarrhea. Mashed pumpkin is great for this.
So next time you're preparing your dog's food, give pumpkin a go. It's not as scary as it looks!
And if you fancy celebrating your dog this Halloween, check out my Pumpkin Pie recipe below:
Makes 1 pie
FOR THE PASTRY:
1 teaspoon coconut oil
3 large egg whites
2¾ cups (165 g / 6 oz) shredded coconut
FOR THE FILLING:
1½ cups (340 g / 12 oz) pumpkin, steamed and mashed
3 large egg yolks
1½ tablespoons coconut oil
3 tablespoons coconut flour
Carob powder for dusting
TO MAKE THE PASTRY:
Preheat oven to 180C (355F).
Grease a pie dish with coconut oil.
Combine egg whites with shredded coconut.
Press the pastry mix into the pie dish ensuring all areas are well covered.
Place in oven and allow to cook for 15 minutes. Once cooked, turn off oven and leave inside (with oven door closed) for an additional 7 minutes. Remove from oven to cool.
TO MAKE THE FILLING:
In a bowl, combine pumpkin, egg yolks, coconut oil and coconut flour.
Spoon mixture on top of cooled pie crust. Smooth over and dust with carob powder.
Store in refrigerator for up to 3 days.