Invitation to the Chop Party
I was so excited the first time I stumbled across Patricia Sund’s Parrot Nation blog and found her page on “Chop”. All of these years I had spent so much time chopping veggies by hand. It was now time to dust off that food processor that was hidden away in the back of my cabinets. Chop is a fantastic idea and concept as a means to obtain nutrients from a wide variety of different foods in every single bite. Chop is an easy way to add fresh nutritious food to your parrot’s diet. I think of it as a finely chopped salad with healthful grains, herbs and spices added, make it a complete meal by adding cooked or sprouted beans to it. Good examples are garbanzo beans, mung beans, adzuki beans as well as lentils, they are very nutritious and easy to digest for parrots.
I still feed a good daily pelleted diet and a large variety of good foods for my birds, buying human-grade organic food from the health food store really makes me feel good about what I am feeding my birds. People are organizing Chop parties for avian enthusiasts, bird clubs and rescues to get together to make Chop. Many are sending Patricia their Chop pictures from all over the world. If you haven’t made a batch yet, it’s time to join the party and give it a try.
It all started with this video, there are easy to follow, step by step videos to give you lots of great ideas. There is a bean video there too that Patricia uses along side with her veggie Chop. Pat’s wit and charm make her educational videos fun to watch and learn from too.
Also check out the new Chop video Patricia put together of different Chop’s from bird lovers all over the world.
Some of my Chop meals
Chop with fresh fruit and sprouts added at serving time.
Raw finely chopped: broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, squash, cucumber, carrots with tops, celery with tops, ginger roots, sweet peppers, arugula leaves, romaine lettuce, and mustard greens. Fresh apple, pear, strawberry, orange and mango added just before serving. Sprouted: sesame seed, black, white and red quinoa, garbanzo beans, mustard seed, fenugreek, wheat berries, corn, lentils, adzuki beans, and mung beans.
Chop with fresh sprouts added at serving time.
A fine veggie chop of broccoli, cabbage, zucchini, squash, cucumber, carrots including the tops, celery, fresh ginger root, and sweet peppers on a bed of organic greens. Fresh sprouts (sesame seed, black and white quinoa, garbanzo beans, mustard seed, fenugreek, wheat berries, lentils, adzuki beans, and mung beans.)
Ingredients list for top photo:
carrots with green tops
beet greens (just the tops)
cooked brown rice
cooked wheat berries
cooked buckwheat groats
reed chili pepper flakes
steel cut oats