melon-bowl

This was my breakfast before work this morning.
So good.
Recipe: Smoothie bowl. Kale, beans of choice and banana. Overnight oats with chia seeds.
Topping: Apple, melon, pumpkin seeds, coconut, chia seeds, oats and goji berries.

Easy Chop Recipes!

For all these recipes you will need an ice cube tray, chia seed, fresh cut broccoli florets (1-2), and a diced sweet pepper. There’s a variety of different cubes to serve your bird to keep you bird interested at mealtime!


****NOTE: These recipes are based off of a parrotlets’ diet. Always check to see if all ingredients are edible to your specific bird species.****


Chia Melon

You will need:

  • diced water melon pieces (6-7)
  • 1 spoonful of broccoli floret bits
  • 1 spoonful of chopped sweet pepper
  • 1 tsp of chia seed

I like to squish the melon pieces in a bowl before mixing in the rest of the pieces. That way when you mix the veggies and chia seed they’re covered in sweet watermelon juice! I use broccoli and sweet peppers for the veggies in my chops. That is because those are Fletch’s favorite. Of course you can add your own twist on things! Or follow the recipe exactly to get your bird to try new fruits / veggies. 

****NOTE: Watermelon is mostly water. If your bird has wet droppings afterwards do not be alarmed. However, if wet droppings / diarrhea continue CONTACT YOUR VET****


Apple Pie

You will need:

  • diced bite-sized apple pieces (4-5 dice sized cubes. Any kind of apple will do. I used Pink Lady apples)
  • diced water melon pieces (3-4)
  • 1 spoonful of broccoli floret bits
  • 1 spoonful of chopped sweet pepper
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 crushed pecan

Squish the watermelon and make sure to remove ALL APPLE SEEDS as they are toxic to all birds. Parrotlets are able to consume cinnamon, yes! All birds might not be able too however, always double check what your friend can eat. If you want to avoid giving your bird too much fat - remove the pecan from the recipe OR do not feed this recipe to your bird every day.


Fruit Salad

You will need:

  • 2 chopped medium sized strawberries
  • 10 halved blueberries
  • 1 pinch of chia seed
  • 1 spoonful of broccoli floret bits
  • 1 spoonful of chopped sweet pepper

Squish the life out of the blueberries. The blueberry mash will make everything stick together once frozen!


Tropical Fruit

You will need:

  • 1 pineapple chunk
  • 1 kiwi (NO skin)
  • 1 tsp of chia seed
  • 1 spoonful of broccoli floret bits

I also squish the kiwi to death before adding everything else. It helps to chop it into small chunks before squishing. Make sure the kiwi is completely skinned. Always be cautious feeding your bird pineapple. I added pineapple for this recipe for taste. 

****NOTE: Some owners completely avoid citrus fruits, because too much can irritate a birds’ insides. Replace the pineapple chunk with a diced apple slice if needed. Always check to see if your bird species is okay eating citrus fruits, or any other ingredient. Do not feed this recipe everyday. Once or twice a week is recommended for anything with citrus in it****


I hope this helps your little feather babies get interested in fruits and veggies! These are only some recipes I have for my birdie. There are plenty others I will share later! Note that these should not be kept frozen for more than two weeks (or until the fruit spoils). It’s okay to feed these completely frozen. My bird loves the frozen nature of the fruit!

I know there have been other watermelon salad recipes submitted, but here’s mine!

Salted watermelon salad

Ingredients

  • Chopped watermelon
  • Goat cheese or feta
  • Fresh basil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Sea salt

A couple tips: make this a no chop recipe by buying pre-chopped watermelon. It’s a little more expensive but it makes it really easy and you don’t need as much prep space or time. (Therefore you could totally make it in a dorm.) Also, I originally planned on making this with feta, but when I went to the grocery store this amazing seasoned goat cheese was on sale, so I went with that and just crumbled it with my fingers.

Okay, put your melon in a bowl, add your cheese, basil (I used about 10 leaves for the salad in the picture and just tore it up with my fingers), salt (a couple pinches), and balsamic (I started with about 2 tablespoons). Mix it all around, then taste. Add more of an ingredient if it needs it.

Serve!

The salad pictured was the perfect amount for a side for two people, or as a main dish for one. 

i’ve seen asian ppl bring up a melon bowl haircut that they apparently suffered through as kids which reminds me of the Latinx Bangs. alternatively the gelled back ponytail. childhood staples.