Thanksgiving isn’t just for humans anymore. I’ve long been preparing meals for my four dogs, and I can’t remember a time in my life where the pets in my house didn’t get something “special” on Thanksgiving. So, when I got parrots, it was only logical that I share with them, as well. Obviously, parrots cannot eat everything we eat, and certainly not after we’ve added all the sugar, salt, butter, and other things that make it all so unhealthy but delicious, so we’ve come up with a few healthy treats you can use to spoil your parrots without compromising their health today!
- 1/4 Cup Bob’s Red Mill Old Country Style Muesli
- 2 Tbsp. canned pumpkin
- 1 Tbsp. Unsweetened almond milk
- Dash of powdered cinnamon or a pinch of chipped whole cinnamon
Mix all ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and heat until the grains are tender and let cool. Add pumpkin and/or almond milk to desired consistency – my birds like it thick and sticky, but yours may prefer it thinner. Provides essential vitamin A, calcium, and B-vitamins. For added nutrition, mix in fresh chopped greens. This will feed approximately four medium parrots.
- Four small apples
- 2 tbsp. wheat germ
- 2 tbsp. chopped raisins, dates, or figs
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
- Dash of cinnamon
- Optional – Coconut oil and/or Palm oil
Core apples and place in a glass dish. Combine wheat germ, chopped fruit, chopped nuts, and cinnamon and fill cored apples. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes, or until desired tenderness. Provides several vitamins, including B vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. To increase vitamin A content, drizzle with Palm oil. Coconut oil is a fantastic skin and feather conditioner!
Sweet Potato Chips
- One (or more) large sweet potato
- Cornmeal or flour of your choice (my birds prefer millet or garbanzo bean flour)
- Crushed red pepper or ground cayenne
Peel one large sweet potato and cut into 1/4 inch slices (or strips, if you’d like “fries”). Rinse under cold water, and coat chips or fried in mixture of cornmeal/flour and pepper. Spread over a foil-lined cookie sheet in a single layer, and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. Provides essential vitamin A, protein, and various other nutrients depending on your coating choices.
Whole Grain Birdie Stuffing
- 1 Cup Cubed 12 grain bread
- 2 tbsp Fresh or sulfur-free dried cranberries
- 1/4 Cup Grated carrots
- 1/8 Cup Grated apples
- Cooked or sprouted chick peas
- 1/2 Cup boiling water
Mix cubed bread, cranberries, carrots, apples, and chickpeas (if cooked) together well. Add boiling water and let the mixture sit until all or most of the water is absorbed. If using sprouted chick peas, add them when the mixture has cooled to preserve their raw sprouted state. Provides vitamin A, B vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, and protein.
These are just a few of the treats that my birds will be receiving today, along with millet flour muffins with lentils and greens, and their usual offerings which consist mostly of chopped greens and veggies.
We hope your birds enjoy them as much as ours do! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!