The six 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.
Yellow and orange vegetables and fruit provide a wide variety of antioxidants such as carotenoids, vitamin C, lycopene, curcumin, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and much more. These antioxidants have been extensively studied for their health benefits.
Yellow and orange pigmented antioxidants provide the following benefits:
Multiple antioxidants, including carotenoids, have been shown to improve immune function.
Vitamin C aids in disease prevention through antioxidant, antimicrobial, and free radical scavenging benefits.
Combining highly pigmented vegetables and fruit in the yellow/orange hue provides a nutritious and antioxidant rich vegetable mash.
Cooked Butternut Squash
Cooked Yellow Summer Squash
Raw Yellow Sweet Pepper
Raw Orange Sweet Pepper
Rinse & Soak & Produce
In order to fully clean all produce before cooking, soak all fruit and vegetables in warm water for 30 minutes.
Fully Cook Squash & Carrots
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. Include the raw vegetables, fruit, and spices during this time. 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 & 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)
10.6kcal 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.