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Healthy Frozen Pops For Your Parrot
In the dog days of summer, a healthy frozen treat might be a welcome surprise to your companion birds. In addition, you might be able to sneak in some healthy foods that they wouldn't ordinarily try that would boost the nutrition of this treat. And if you have some ice trays, that is all you need to make this fun alternative to the usual snack we tend to give them.
Don’t be hesitant about using chopped vegetables to these pops as a nutritious and fun addition to change up the texture and add... vitamins and minerals. You can even use Chop from your freezer in these treats to make them more healthy.
What might make this so appealing to your bird is not only the texture change, but the frozen aspect to it. They might go for this cooling treat that can be healthy as well as fun.
If you have large birds, you can use a popsicle stick to provide a handle for this treat. If you have the more petite species of birds, simply place the frozen treat into a small dish and let them peck at it. This treat is like a solid frozen smoothie that contains the nutrition of whatever you choose to put in them.
The following are some suggested recipes for these nutritious treats, but you can spin them and add any healthy ingredients that you have on hand.
You can store extra frozen pops in a freezer bag for use later on.Continue to 2 of 5 below.
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Watermelon Blueberry Parrot Pops
3 3/4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
2 tablespoons healthy juice such as sugar-free apple juice
1 cup fresh blueberries or other fresh berries such as strawberries
Puree watermelon and apple juice in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Divide blueberries or other berries and place then into the ice trays. Pour the watermelon mixture into the ice trays over the blueberries or other berries. Insert the sticks if you are making them for bigger birds and freeze until completely firm, about 6... hours. Dip the molds briefly in hot water before popping them out of the molds.Continue to 3 of 5 below.
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Apple Oat Breakfast Pops
1 large ripe apple, coarsely chopped (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 Tablespoons sugar-free apple juice
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon sugar-free apple sauce
Combine the apple, almond milk, oats, apple juice and apple sauce in a blender and puree until smooth.
Divide the mixture evenly among the ice trays. Freeze the trays until solid, at least 8 hours and preferably overnight. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes or dip the bottoms of the trays in... hot water before popping them out of the molds.
The pops will keep in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.Continue to 4 of 5 below.
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Banana Kale Parrot Pops
1 small banana, cut into chunks
2 cups packed chopped kale (stems removed)
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 cup sugar free apple sauce or chopped apple
One 1/2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
Combine the banana, kale, almond milk, apple sauce and ginger in a blender and puree until smooth.
Divide the mixture evenly among the ice trays Freeze until solid, at least 8 hours and preferably overnight. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes before popping them out of the ice trays.
The pops will keep in the... freezer in a freezer bag for up to 2 weeks.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Berry and Chia Seed Breakfast Parrot Pops
1/2 cup almond milk
2 Tablespoons of apple juice
3 tablespoons sugar-free apple sauce
2 tablespoons chia seeds
6 large strawberries or other berries
Whisk together the almond milk, apple juice, apple sauce and chia seeds in a medium bowl. and mix with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate until the seeds have plumped or about 2 hours. Stir the mixture after one hour while it is being refrigerated.
Remove hulls and finely chop the strawberries if you are using them or simply finely chop other berries and... combine them into the chia mixture. Spoon the berry and chia mixture evenly among the ice trays and tap the molds on the countertop to pop any air bubbles that are in the mixture. Freeze the pops until solid, at least 8 hours and up to overnight. Let sit at room temperature for a few minutes or dip bottoms of the trays into hot water briefly before popping them out of the trays.
The pops will keep in the freezer in a freezer bag for up to 2 weeks.
These healthy pops are a fun way of delivering healthy foods that might please your flock on a hot summer day!