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Can You Identify These Healthy Foods For Your Birds?
We all want to feed our companion birds healthy foods. But how well do you know what those foods are and what they look like? This quiz will test your knowledge of healthy food for birds. Let's get started!Continue to 2 of 15 below.
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Can You Identify These Healthy Foods For Your Bird?
Here is a hint: People would make little tea sandwiches with it when serving high tea was all the rage.Continue to 3 of 15 below.
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Yes! It's Watercress!
Watercress is a nutritious addition to your birds bowl. It has a peppery flavor birds seem to like and it can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Packed with essential vitamins and minerals, it has more calcium than milk and it contains more than 312% of the daily recommended amount of Vitamin K. It's packed with Vitamin A and manganese. Manganese is an important mineral and has been found to be a cofactor in preventing free-radical damage. And yes, people use to make watercress sandwiches and... cut off the crusts to serve with tea.Continue to 4 of 15 below.
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What Vegetable Is This?
Nope, it's not broccoli!Continue to 5 of 15 below.
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It's Broccoli Rabe: A Versatile Veggie
I love using Broccoli Rabe in my Chop. It doesn't have that strong smell that broccoli does and it's rich in antioxidants. It contains vitamin A as well as vitamin C. These vitamins are key components in fighting free radical damage to a body's cells. It has a spicy and kind of pleasantly bitter taste that my birds seem to go for. You can serve it raw or you can steam it. And as you can see in the image, it can even be grilled.Continue to 6 of 15 below.
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What Food Item Is This?
Hint: It's the heart of the item.Continue to 7 of 15 below.
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You may recognize these hemp seeds in this image with their hull still covering the heart. hemp seeds are 33% plant-based easily digestible protein and they contain all 9 essential amino acids. They have an abundance of Omega 3 and Vitamin E and they are rich in fiber. The best part about this nutritious food is that birds really love them!Continue to 8 of 15 below.
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Any Idea What This Is?
Here's your hint: It's a root vegetable.Continue to 9 of 15 below.
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Low in calories yet jicama packs a nutritional punch. It's loaded with a particular fiber containing oligofructose inulin. Oligofructose inulin doesn't metabolize in the body. It has no calories. It promotes good bone health by increasing the absorption of calcium from other sources. It's high in potassium which is important for heart health. Potassium is linked to lowering the risk of heart disease. It's crunchy, with the extra of an apple, yet it tastes a little like celery.... Make matchsticks and watch your birds crunch away!Continue to 10 of 15 below.
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Recognize this Grain?
Your hint: No, it's not quinoa.Continue to 11 of 15 below.
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It's The Ancient Grain, Amaranth
A protein giant, this ancient grain originally grown primarily in South America it has spread all over the globe. It has cholesterol lowering elements in it which is good for the heart. It's high in calcium which is important for many species of birds including the African Grey parrot. And it's gluten free! In 1996 the Department of Agriculture did a study on chickens and discovered that amaranth contains an oil could reduce total cholesterol in young chickens. The plant itself can grow... very large and can average about seven or eight feet tall. One fun aspect of amaranth is that you can pop it just like popcorn.Continue to 12 of 15 below.
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What Vegetable Is This?
Hint: It's not a turnip.Continue to 13 of 15 below.
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It's A Kohlrabi.
You'll find these here and there at farmer's markets and at organic grocers. It's a member of the mustard family and it is related to wild turnips. High in potassium, this fact ensures reduced blood pressure levels and increased bone mineral density. As you can see, it comes in different colors and don't forget to use the tops when feeding your birds. These are easily employed in Chop. The flavor of the Kohlrabi is similar to that of a turnip, but it doesn't have the sharp... flavor a turnip does. It's milder and sweeter. You can serve it raw or you can steam it or use it in a stir fry.Continue to 14 of 15 below.
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What Root Vegetable Is This?
Hint: It's the root of a very common vegetable.Continue to 15 of 15 below.
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Also known as a celery root it's probably not on the hit parade of one the most attractive vegetables in the world but it makes up for this in the nutritional value. It's a great source of fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and potassium. You can also find a generous smack of vitamins B1, B2 and Vitamin E. It's a terrific source of Vitamin K and it works well as a nice stand-in for potatoes. Due to the fact that it's the root of the celery plant the taste is quite similar to... celery, but it has a different texture. Just dive in with that chef's knife and peel the outer skin, clean it up and serve it raw in your Chop.