Smoothies can be really good for you. It all depends on what you put in them. And they can be really good for your parrot. I mean really, why not? The smoothie is endlessly versatile and a great way to “hide” the nutritious stuff in something delicious. With a smoothie you can deliver the nutritious goods while not sweating that your flock will turn up their beaks at something green. And you can add nutritious seed to it to boost the nutrition.
I haven’t seen many recipes on the internet for parrot smoothies even though they have entered the mainstream of American culture. What with smoothie shops popping up everywhere, it has become a mainstream snack or even breakfast for many people and it has become a normal part of something available to consume on the go.
Smoothies are easy to make and you can quickly turn them into something incredibly healthy with the right ingredients. But hauling out that blender and getting everything ready to make the smoothie the first thing in the morning or during a busy evening after work can be a pain in the backside.
Once again, the freezer comes to the rescue! Yes, you can freeze smoothies by yanking out your trusty muffin tin. I absolutely love this concept because it makes so much sense.
You pull out your blender, make one big batch of smoothies or several variations. Pour the smoothie concoction into a muffin tin that has been greased with flax seed oil or simply pour into a zip-loc bag and freeze. Pop them out when frozen or potion in zip-loc bags and keep them stored frozen until you’re ready to drink them or serve to your birds.
An advantage to this is that you can use all of the odds and ends of the vegetables that you didn’t use up.
For instance, if you only use the leafy part of the kale to make dried kale chips, those woody stems can go into the smoothie where it is ground up into an easily digestible and nutritious part of the drink. If you make your own kale chips for your birds, omit any salt.
The concept is flexible and you can use different ingredients in different combinations to change up the taste and expand the types of food your birds ingest. This method gives you some elbow room to add the nutritious food they need but would normally simply leave at the bottom of their bowl or just heave over the side and onto the floor. You can easily hide healthy food such as kale, watercress, collard greens, cooked sweet potato and cooked root vegetables.
This smoothie idea is yet another concept to get good nutrition into your birds. My Greys really don’t take to any old fruit. As a matter of fact they aren’t really thrilled with fruit. But a smoothie is something they dive into and I don’t know why. Parker would just as soon bean you with a piece of banana as look at you if you try to give him some. Inevitably, it ends up on the floor or lodged somewhere on a picture frame.
So I take advantage of this concept by giving them great organic vegetables flavored with some fruits that they do tend to like and hiding the banana in there that makes its debut simply for the purposes of its creamy and thick texture.
Banana-Kale Smoothies for Parrots
1 Cup almond milk
5 to 6 Large kale leaves
2 Swiss Chard Leaves, chopped
1/2 Cup Watercress
1 Large ripe banana
3 Tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 Tablespoons of chopped mango
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 Tablespoon of chia or hemp seed
Put everything into the blender and blend until smooth. If it is too thick, simply add more water or fruit juice. Apple juice is a nice choice. However, the thicker texture is what you’re aiming for.
When the texture is thick and smooth and ingredients are well blended, place in muffin tins and freeze. When frozen, pop them out, place the frozen smoothie discs into a large zip-loc bag and store in the freezer for later use.