People foods that are okay – and healthy – for your dog to eat!

Whether it’s a fall barbecue in the back yard, or the annual family Christmas party, managing food for both humans and pets can be a chore. Fortunately, there are lots of healthy people snacks that are also safe for dogs.

Let your pooch join the party with these share-able appetizers:

Popcorn is fun to munch on for movie night, but did you know you can also share it with your dog? Plain popcorn makes for a crunchy and exciting treat for your dog with almost no calories. For your human friends, add a pinch of seasoned salt and a few drops of olive oil for flavor.

Vegetable sticks are a favorite for fall gatherings. Most vegetables are safe for dogs, including green beans, snap peas, carrot sticks, cauliflower, broccoli, and zucchini. Remember to avoid onions, garlic, tomatoes, raw or green potato, avocado, and mushrooms. Remind your guests to skip the dressing or dip if they want to share their vegetable plate with the family dog.

Kale chips are all the rage for healthy human snacks, and they can also be made to share! Bake kale leaves into crispy chips that pets love to munch. For human guests, offer salted olive oil or light mayo for dipping.

Jicama is a unique and refreshing appetizer that can also be made for sharing with pets. Peel and chop this crunchy root vegetable into nibble-sized cubes, perfect for tossing into the air for a dog who likes to do tricks for treats. Add a little seasoned salt and a squeeze of lime to add zest for your human guests.  But skip the chili powder.

Fruit plates are sweet and refreshing treats that are healthy for all, including pets. With the exception of grapes and raisins, most fruits are safe for dogs. Bananas, berries, melon, apples, and oranges are all easy to slice up and share with all your friends – even the furry and four-legged ones!

Give us the scoop – what kind of people food does your dog love that is healthy for them?

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