A lot of pet owners think that specially packaged treats are the best for their dogs. But the truth is, most of them are devoid of nutritional value and are the equivalent of candy.

Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not strictly carnivorous. They also eat fruits and vegetables. Since many of you promised to eat healthy this year, why not include your pet in your journey to a healthier lifestyle? Some of the fruits and vegetables you eat can be given to your furry best friend as treats. Not only are they nutritious, they also make a tasty snack. Be careful, though, since not all are safe for pets.

Toss those commercial pet treats and hit the produce section. It’s time to feed your pets with healthy and tasty snacks.

Bananas

Bananas are rich in vitamin B6 and C. They are also loaded with potassium, essential amino acids and carbohydrates. Not only are they palatable to dogs, they are also a great fruit to induce energy.

Apples

Apples are a great source of fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A. Plus, they contain powerful antioxidants, which make them great for a dog’s overall health. Be sure to remove the seeds before feeding to prevent choking.

Carrots

Carrots are known for promoting good eyesight. Dogs that are fed carrots as part of their diet can benefit from it. Aside from that, they are also good for the skin and for cleaning the teeth and gums. They also contain vitamins A, C and beta carotene, as well as fiber and potassium. Feed them in chunks so it can be easier to digest.

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, manganese, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin B. It is actually more nutritious as compared to regular potatoes.

Be sure to serve them cooked, not raw. Also, slice them into narrow wedges. Since sweet potatoes are high in sugar, they should be given in limited amounts. Too much consumption can lead to weight gain.