Nutro Crunchy Dog Treats | Healthy Natural Dog Treats Made with Real Apple

When shopping the dog treat isle it is easy to get overwhelmed by the variety and number of choices available. Trying to sift through all of them to find healthy treats made with natural ingredients makes for a lot of label reading. Fancy packaging might lead you to believe the treats within the bag are made from natural ingredients, but checking the label may reveal something completely different.

100% natural

The delicious looking apples and the 100% natural statement on the apple Nutro crunchy dog treats package certainly attracts attention. What’s on the ingredient list has earned them a place among the Best Dog Treats. These Nutro crunchy dog treats containing real apple are a healthy natural dog treat you can feel good about giving your pup.

The Nutro Company

Nutro logo

Image from nutro.com

Nutro has been around for quite a long time. They’ve been making pet foods since 1926 – that’s coming up on 100 years! This in itself says a lot about the company. It tells us that the Nutro company produces pet foods that the public (us) likes to purchase and continues to purchase. If we consumers didn’t like their products the company wouldn’t survive.

During those 92 years the pet food industry has gone through a lot of changes. We, the consumers are more concerned with giving our dogs nutritious, healthy, natural foods today than we’ve ever been before. The fact that Nutro is such a strong leader in the pet industry tells us that they understand how important nutrition is and they care about what we want for our pets.

Feed Clean Philosophy

Nutro is so concerned with what they put in their Nutro crunchy apple treats and all of their other pet treats and food that they have what they call the Feed Clean philosophy.  Nutro has definitely evolved with the times and is committed to producing pet foods and treats that are REALLY good for our dogs.

Their Feed Clean philosophy means their recipes are simple, purposeful, and trustworthy. What does this mean for us? It tells us their products are made from real, natural foods. Ingredients we recognize and appreciate when reading the label.

About the Treats

So let’s get to what you came here for – the Nutro crunchy treats with real apple.  Smack dab on the front of the package it states that these treats are 100% natural and made with real apple – and it is true. Nutro recently changed the packaging so you might find them in a green bag or a beige bag (both shown below).

Nutro crunchy treats with real Apple - old packagingNutro crunchy treats with real apple - new packaging

The ingredient list actually sounds really good, like you could make a pretty yummy cookie or

something out of these ingredients! These treats contain:

  • whole brown rice
  • oatmeal
  • dried apple
  • chicken meal
  • sunflower oil
  • natural flavor
  • molasses
  • natural apple flavor
  • cinnamon
  • rosemary extract

All good stuff, right! When you crack open the bag you are greeted with the sweet smell of apples. Mix that with the cinnamon and it almost smells like apple cobbler. I kid you not! They truly smell good enough for me to eat (no, I haven’t).

The ingredient list had one item that was unfamiliar to me – mixed tocopherols used as a preservative. I researched this and learned that mixed tocopherols are natural forms of vitamin E. These tocopherols help maintain freshness and the shelf life of a product and are a natural alternative to synthetic preservatives. So, even the preservative used is from a natural source.

These treats contain a minimum of 9.5% protein and a minimum of 5% fat (I wonder why they state minimum amount of fat? I would think letting us know the maximum amount of fat would be more useful).

Each treat has 6 Kcal which may not sound like much but could add up quickly if you have a smaller dog. The treats are fairly small in size; maybe about the size of a penny. The size makes them good training treats for my golden retriever.

Nutro crunchy treats size comparison

Nutro crunchy apple treats size comparison

The Taste Test

So the company has a great philosophy and these healthy natural dog treats are made of wholesome ingredients but how do they taste? We have to be real right? The Nutro crunchy treats might be made of healthy foods but if our dog doesn’t like them, we won’t be buying them.

The taste tester for this treat was my one and only, my golden retriever, Maui. Maui is game for pretty much any food, especially if it comes in a crinkly bag. Although, she has been known to turn her nose up at some treats at the vet clinic. Once the bag of these crunchy apple treats is open her nose starts wiggling like crazy (I love watching dogs noses wiggle when they’re sniffing something out).

She’s a pro at sitting at attention when there’s potential for a yummy snack and when she gets a whiff of these apple treats, her rear end hits the floor in a hurry. Golden retriever

Result: Maui loves these! Have you ever given your dog a special treat and saw that little glimmer in their eye? I saw that glimmer.

A Winner

Shopping for healthy dog treats can be overwhelming but with some persistence you can find some jewels in the crowd. The Nutro crunchy treats made with real apple are definitely one of those jewels. Not only are they made with real, wholesome ingredients but the preservatives are from natural sources as well. And best of all, my dog truly enjoys them!

Have you purchased these apple snacks? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

Lynne and Maui



About The Best Dog Treats


Thanks for visiting The Best Dog Treats!

This site was born out of a need and passion to give my dog only the best. If your dog is anything like mine, he or she is a member of the family and we love to shower them with love and affection and pamper them with toys and yummy treats.

Shopping for awesome dog stuff that lives up to our expectations can be tough; there are just way too many options out there! But, I love to see what’s available, compare and scrutinize. This site is a portal to share the information we gather with you.


Lulu and my daughters

Me and my Dogs

My name is Lynne and like many of you I grew up with a dog as part of our family. He was a little toy poodle named Tippy and I loved that dog with every fiber of my being. A favorite memory is when my mother would send Tippy in to wake me in the morning. I could hear him super excited and barking outside of my door and she was getting him riled up to come in, jump on my bed, and slather me with kisses. But as soon as my mother opened the door he jumped into bed; curled up in the crook of my knees; and went to sleep. A fail for mom but a score for me and Tippy.


I am now a slightly older adult (age will not be revealed) and have a golden retriever named Maui. Prior to Maui was my first golden named Lulu.

Lulu was an exceptionally beautiful and intelligent dog but unfortunately had several medical conditions. Throughout her life, it was critically important that I feed her healthy foods that contained no chemicals, preservatives, artificial colors, or anything that could aggravate her already strained physical condition. This is when the importance of being conscious of what I fed my dog became glaringly obvious.



Lulu was a service dog and we did some practice training every day. Not only did she get her daily 2 meals but she enjoyed several treats throughout the day when training. Prior to Lulu, I had never really been very concerned about what ingredients were in dog treats. In my mind, they were just extra little snacks for dogs to enjoy.

With the number of treats Lulu received during training on top of my needing to be ever so aware of what she ate, I realized her main food was not the only food which I needed to be concerned. I became enlightened to the fact that I needed to be just as conscientious about the ingredients in her treats as I was about the ingredients in her food.



Finding the Great Stuff

Hoping that I’m not the only one who hadn’t considered this, I’d like to help you feed your pup healthier treats by highlighting nutritious, chemical free, yummy dog treats for you to give your special furry family member. It is my goal to make it easy for you to find and purchase healthier options for your pet.

On top of wanting to help you find great dog treat options, I want to help you find other quality toys and dog accessories that you and your pup will love!


Reach Out

If you ever have a question or would like me to take a look at a specific dog treat or item, please feel free to comment below and I will be more than happy to help you out.


All our best,

Lynne and Maui

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