This post is sponsored by Wellness. As always, we only share products that we use with our own pets.
I love summer. It’s my favorite season for all the usual reasons: long days, outdoor fun, swimming with the dogs, and evenings that are magical with the sounds of frogs and the light of fireflies.
But it’s also my favorite month for the season’s rich bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. As we’ve been taking day trips with Irie and Tiki to wrap up our book revision, we’ve been seeing roadside stands and farmers’ markets just bursting with colorful fruits and vegetables fresh from the field.
I love incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into our diet — as well as our dogs’ diet. We’ve been trying out Wellness TruFood Chicken, Chicken Liver and Flaxseed formula, a food that’s designed to support overall health and wellbeing. The food is slow baked in small batches for 70 percent more raw protein than traditional kibble diets.
We just opened our first bag of Wellness TruFood Chicken, Chicken Liver and Flaxseed, and immediately I liked what I saw. The kibble size is small and naturally colorful, with no artificial colors. From a practical standpoint, I also loved the bag with its easy close hook and loop strip:
But then it was time to look IN the bag. Here’s a look at the ingredients:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Peas, Chickpeas, Tapioca Flour, Lentils, Chicken Liver, Flaxseed, Chicken Hearts, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Green Beans, Beets, Apples, Coconut Oil, Natural Flavor, Choline Chloride, Turmeric, Calcium Carbonate, Chia Seeds, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Spinach, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Broccoli, Ginger, Pumpkin, Parsley, Blueberries, Kale, Purple Carrots, Niacin, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Inulin, Folic Acid, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.
I was glad to see the flaxseed in the formula; these provide Omega-3 fatty acids to benefit your dog’s skin. I was also happy to see chickpeas (garbanzo beans), a canine superfood. Like black beans and soybeans, chickpeas help regulate blood sugar in dogs. A source of natural fiber, the chickpeas also include many proteins and minerals that boost your dog’s immune system.
But, most especially, I was happy about the long list of fruits and vegetables including:
Kale: Not only has kale been shown to prevent cancer and heart disease, it’s also a great source of calcium, vitamins A, C, and E, and fiber.
Pumpkin: Pumpkin is an excellent food for plump dogs, as the fiber in it makes dogs feel fuller, even with diminished meal proportions.
Green beans: A great source of vitamin A, green beans are also a wonderful way to help your hungry hound feel full without packing on the calories.
Spinach: Rich in iron, this leafy green helps turn your pup into Popeye.
Blueberries: Rich in antioxidants, this superfood is a favorite with many dogs, ours included.
For all the features that I’m happy to see in this food, I’m also excited about the things I DON’T see in this food. Wellness Trufood includes:
- No meat by-products
- No potato
- No wheat
- No corn
- No soy fillers
- No artificial colors
- No artificial preservatives
- No artificial flavors
In many ways, Wellness TruFood makes me think of a farmers’ market in a bag, specially formulated for our pets!