01 of 07
Make Feeding Vegetables To Your Flock A Snap
Many companion parrot families have problems introducing vegetables into their diet. Moms the world over have been sneaking vegetables into their children’s diets for eons. There are even a couple of cookbooks that written on explaining how to “hide” nutritious food in food that kids will eat.
This is where the smoothie comes into play. A Smoothie is a creamy, cold and wet food that is quite different in texture and temperature than what our companion birds normally ingest. So it’s a nice change... of pace for them all the way around. But there is more to it than that.
Smoothies can contain anything and everything. The latest trend in smoothies is adding lots and lots of vegetables along with a base of juice. More and more people are realizing the importance of leafy green vegetables their diet and this is a very efficient way of including it in their diet without actually having to sit down with a plate and eat them. They get the same benefit of the vitamins, minerals, other beneficial compounds and fiber all in a convenient method of drinking their vegetables that tastes good and goes down easily and deliciously. Adding kale for instance will take care of the daily requirement for Vitamin A and Vitamin K.
You could even pour a bit of smoothie onto some of their vegetables to get them headed in the right direction and begin liking those vegetables in their bowl. Think of it as a sauce or a topping. And baiting it with some hemp, flax or chia seed on top of the “smoothie sauce” and vegetables might tempt them even more.
Some good choices that will boost the smoothie into a delicious yet nutritious snack for your flock is adding kale, parsley, swiss chard, beet leaves, celery, and cucumbers. This variety adds a dash of taste as well as great nutrition into their diet as well as keeping them hydrated.
The one thing to be cautious of is spinach. Spinach in your bird’s diet is fine every once in a while but it might cause problems if you serve too much due to high iron content and a substance called oxalate. Oxalate can combine with iron found in the spinach which prevents with the body’s ability to absorb it. So spinach every once in a while is fine, but don’t overdo it.
Another advantage to the smoothie as a snack is the other foods you can add. Adding chia or hemp seed adds fiber and nutrition and of course your birds is going to be attracted to those making serving this healthy snack much more interesting to them.
And of course you can always chop up some healthy nuts like almonds or walnuts to add texture and flavor.
I don’t recommend that smoothies take the place of any meal. But instead of a nut berry or simply a nut, this is one way of adding additional fiber and nutrition to their snack time.
And the leftover smoothie that your bird didn’t consume? Well, that is for you to share because it’s just as healthy for you as it is for your flock! Here are some healthy smoothie recipes to get you started:Continue to 2 of 7 below.
02 of 07
The Green Banana
1small stalk celery, chopped
1/2 cup apple juice
1/2 cup ice
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Place the kale, celery, banana, apple juice, ice, and lemon juice in a blender.
Blend until smooth and frothy.
Apple juice is a great liquid base for smoothies. You could use apple cider as an alternative. But really any fruit... or vegetable juice would serve well as a liquid base for these smoothies.Continue to 3 of 7 below.
03 of 07
Spicy Carrot Smoothie
1/2 cup apple juice
1 cup chopped carrots, cooked or raw; your choice.
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 inch piece of ginger root, peeled
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste
Combine apple juice, carrots, applesauce, ginger root and cinnamon and blend from low to high until creamy smoothie. Season with cayenne pepper to your taste.
Ginger is wonderful for older birds due to its ability to help reduce joint pain. They snappy taste blends well with the blandness... of the carrot and the cinnamon is a nice touch and has its own virtues for your birds.Continue to 4 of 7 below.
04 of 07
Kale Banana Smoothie
2 bananas, frozen
2 HUGE handfuls kale or collard greens
1 cup almond milk
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Add all ingredients into a blender. Blend until mixed. Serve to your flock and the rest is for you! The banana’s sweetness will hide the bitterness of the kale and yet still provide that solid kale nutrition.
Adding some healthy seed into this particular smoothie would boost the nutrition even more! Try flax seed and replace the coconut... oil with flax seed oil for a change of pace.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Mango Pineapple Smoothie
2 cups of rainbow swiss chard
1 FROZEN banana
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 cup water
Cut up frozen banana in chunks and pre-blend in a blender. Add the rest of the ingredients with ice if you prefer and blend well.
Why is swiss chard so good for our flocks? Here is list of the great nutrients found in every wonderful green leaf. One cup of Swiss chard provides approximately 716% of vitamin K needs, 214% of vitamin A, 53% of vitamin C, 38% of magnesium, 29% of manganese, 27%... of potassium, 22% of iron, and 17% of Vitamin E. It's a really healthy green to include in your companion bird's diet.Continue to 6 of 7 below.
06 of 07
Gorgeous Green Smoothie
1 handful kale
1 frozen banana
1/2 of an apple
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Add to a blender, give it a whirl with some ice and serve to your flock.
Almond milk is a wonderful alternative to cow’s milk. Birds don’t tolerate dairy products very well so this smoothie works well for them with almond milk replacing dairy milk. Apple juice would work just as well in place of the almond milk.Continue to 7 of 7 below.
07 of 07
The Swiss Miss Smoothie For Birds
1 cup swiss chard or other Greens
¼ cup water
¼ cup orange juice
¾ cups berries of your choice
½ cup blueberries
1 tablespoon chia seed
Place all ingredients in a blender and add ice if you like.
Add some additional whole berries into the smoothie for some texture and fun for your flock. The Swiss chard is loaded with nutrition especially if you select the brightly colored varieties.