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PostSubject: Variety, Variety   Variety, Variety Icon_minitimeFri Sep 07, 2012 8:55 am

We talk often about providing a wide variety of foods to our gliders. You all know this is something that I think is important.

But, I also think it is important to provide food in a wide variety of ways/forms/etc.

So, lets discuss how we all shake it up in terms of presentation. What, if anything, do YOU do?

For ME, the ways that I vary food include the following:

* I make omelets, scrambled egg bake, soup or other cooked meals from time to time

* I make fruit smoothies from fresh fruit and organic fruit juice ( I do not add yogurt because of an allergy here, but you certainly can) at least once per week to substitute for their fresh fruit.

* Sometimes I will use a bit of juice such as this one:
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I substitute 1/2 of their veggie portion with juice. OR I will use an organic fruit juice and substitute the fruit with it.
(I am looking into juicing a lot more, so if any of you have a great juicer, please share that info with me)

* I will make one of the many fruit or veggie relish recipes.

* I might not cut the fruit/veggie up as much. Maybe I put 1/2 a banana (with peel) in the cage or a whole cluster of grapes or the entire end of a watermelon or the like.

* I will sometimes wrap their veggies or fruit in a collard leaf or fill an emptied bell pepper with it.

What do you do to provide variety in the presentation?

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PostSubject: Re: Variety, Variety   Variety, Variety Icon_minitimeFri Sep 07, 2012 1:08 pm

I do things like VAl does and sometimes I hang their foods and they need to climb out to the middle of the cage to get it. I stuff things. Val pretty much summed it up.

Val can we get your Soup recipe? I know you posted it someplace on here but I couldnot find it the other day. Thank You

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PostSubject: Re: Variety, Variety   Variety, Variety Icon_minitimeFri Sep 07, 2012 2:28 pm

I will steam their veggies or bake their sweet potato. Sometimes put their berries or sweet peas in foraging cups--make them work for their favorites. Instead of a scrambled egg, sometimes I will hard boil it and cut it in half. I've tried just cracking the shell but so far, no one forages for the egg that way. :( I've also made them salad, so I will toss their berries or tomato and avocado in with their greens and carrot or greens and cucumber. Maybe put in a few mealies and drizzle with honey or acacia to entice them.

Sometimes, I will hand feed pieces of papaya to them while they are in their pouch as a "breakfast in bed" treat. Food is food, and I don't think they discriminate against papaya or mealie or a yogie. They love the fact that mama is spoiling them with food in their pouch! They respond with the same, " love me" look on their faces. (I just wish they'd quit stealing from each other when I've got THEIR portion right in my hands! LOL)
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PostSubject: Re: Variety, Variety   Variety, Variety Icon_minitimeFri Sep 07, 2012 11:13 pm

Since my monkeys only like acorn squash cooked, I steam it in the microwave for a couple of minutes and in the little "dish" part of it (where you cut out the seeds), I fill it with the rest of their fruit/veggie mixture. I also pierce and hang ears of sweet corn and also watermelon in their cage.

My guys LOVE it when I wrap fruits/veggies up in collard greens, kale or spinach leaves. Also - guava is SO much fun if you just cut a couple of chunks out of it and then hang a couple in the cage. They will dig and dig to get to the middle.

I make egg bakes here and have both fruit and veggie smoothies that I toss in the cage on lazy or junk food nights.

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