The five shades of the rainbow provide a specific type of phytonutrient within each color group. Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white represent the different antioxidants within vegetables and fruit. Typically, vegetables are deeply pigmented in vibrant colors and contain many beneficial phytonutrients.
Blue and purple produce have been studied extensively for their anti-cancer and anti-aging properties and are considered rich in phytonutrients, including anthocyanins and resveratrol. Anthocyanins act as a powerful antioxidant that protect cells from damaging. Many red and pink vegetables are also rich in anthocyanins, but the darker the blue/purple hue, the higher the phytochemical concentration.
Purple pigmented antioxidants provide the following health benefits:
Anthocyanins aid in disease prevention through antioxidant, antimicrobial, and free radical scavenging benefits.
Combining highly pigmented fruits and vegetables in the blue/purple hue provides a nutritious and antioxidant rich vegetable mash.
Cooked Red Cabbage
Soak & Rinse All Produce
In order to fully clean all produce before cooking, soak all fruit and vegetables in warm water for 30 minutes.
Fully Cook All Vegetables
Bake, boil, or steam all vegetables until fully cooked.
*Baking was the method used to create this recipe. Preheat the oven to 400ºF and bake for 1 hour or until cooked thoroughly.
Mash & Mix All Ingredients
Cut vegetables into small portions and combine all ingredients in a high powered blender or food processor to create the vegetable mash. Mix thoroughly.
Portion & Freeze
Add the vegetable mix into freezer safe containers to store the excess without spoilage. Portion sized cubes can be made by freezing the vegetable mash in silicone molds or ice cube trays.
Serve & Watch Your Dog Enjoy!
Prepare Vegetables for Optimal Digestion Article
All vegetables must be prepared by pureeing, cooking, or fermenting because dogs lack the necessary tools to effectively digest and absorb the nutrients in whole vegetables.
1000kcal per 5.9lbs batch (2.7kg)
10.5kcal per 1oz (28.35g)
Not A Balanced Diet
This recipe is not a complete and balanced diet and it is intended to create a vegetable mixture to use within a BARF model diet for dogs and puppies. Follow BARF model ratio guidelines for recommended feeding amounts when adding this vegetable mixture into your dog’s diet.