Yoggies, Yogurt Drops & White Morsels

Probably one of the most popular treats given to our gliders are yoggies.  There are several different vendors who sell them within the glider community.  Basically, these are little drops made of sugar LOL.  They should be fed in moderation and only as a treat, not as a part of any diet plan.

Did you know, though, that you can find these same “yoggies” at your local grocery store?  It is not necessary for you to purchase them online or from any one particular vendor.

Nestle White MorselsSimply go into the baking aisle of the market, in the chocolate chip section, and look for “White Morsels” or “White Chips”.  There are brands such as Ghirardelli and Nestle and of course, you will find the generic and/or store brands there, too.  We use Nestle White Morsels and the gliders love them.  When I purchase multiple packages, I place the extras in the freezer until I’m ready to use them.

If you’ve got the time and the patience, you can also make your own!

INGREDIENTS
  • Frozen fruit (strawberry, mango, blueberry, raspberry, or any kind you like; you’ll only need about ¼ cup of fruit puree)
  • Plain Greek yogurt (I like using whole-milk yogurt. Greek works best because of it’s thick texture)
  • Honey or pure maple syrup (optional)
Homemade Yogurt Drops
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Line a small sheet pan with parchment paper (make sure your sheet pan can fit in your freezer).
  2. Thaw ¼ – ½ cup of your frozen fruit (depending on how many drops you want to make). Using a food processor or blender, puree the fruit until very smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, measure ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt. Add 3-4 tablespoons of the fruit puree to the yogurt (depending on your taste) and mix well.
  4. Add a drizzle of honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten the yogurt a bit if you’d like.
  5. Spoon the yogurt mixture into a squeeze bottle or small ziploc bag (snip off a small corner for piping). Pipe small drops (about the size of a dime or penny) onto your prepared sheet pan.
  6. Freeze for at least 20 minutes and up to a few hours. Remove the pan from the freezer and peel off the yogurt drops. Enjoy immediately or store leftover drops in a small, freezer-safe container in the freezer for several weeks.

All Dried Up

Keeping a supply of dried fruits & vegetables in your home is an excellent idea.dried-produce

Dehydrated fruits & vegetables are still high in nutritional content (higher in calories, though, for humans who count!) but lack the water content necessary for gliders, which is why they are not recommended as a replacement for the fresh fruits or veggies in their daily diet.  However, they are fantastic for bedtime and nail trim treats, and as a supplement to the usual yoggie or mealworm treat we often feed.

When you are looking for dried produce in your local grocery, read the label.  You’ll notice that some manufacturers add sugars and other fillers or preservatives, which is not optimal for our gliders.  Instead, look for those that are all-natural, with no additives.

The down side of dried produce in the grocery store is the cost.  They are often expensive.   Want to beat that cost?  For $20, you can purchase your own dehydrator and make your own!  It’ll pay for itself in no time!  Simply purchase your fruits and vegetables and dry them at home!   Drying times will vary, depending on the dehydrator you purchase, so read the instructions on the manufacturers recommended dry time.

Following is a list of just some of the fruits and vegetables we dry here in our home:

  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Bell Peppers
  • Sweet Potato
  • Zucchini
  • Cherries
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Raisins
  • Papaya
  • Dates
  • Pineapple
  • Green Beans

Expand your horizons and try something new!  You’ll save money, you can eat them yourself AND help to ensure a healthy lifestyle for you AND your glider 🙂

Time For Your Meal….Worm

Mealworms

Have you fed your mealworms today??  If not…shame on you!  The glider Gods will not shine favorably upon you until you do, you’re aware of that, right??

Yes, mealworms – the staple of happy gliders :).  Okay, okay…that’s not true.  There are many happy gliders out there who are never fed a mealworm in their life.  BUT…if you can do it, if you can bring yourself to feed them, please do.  Your gliders will thank you from the bottom of their tiny, little hearts!

So…let’s get down to basics.  Mealworms are a good source of protein.  This is true.  BUT…they should not be used as a SINGLE source of protein for your gliders, because it is simply not enough.  Your gliders should be on a good diet – whatever that diet may be, and mealworms are a great addition TO that diet as a treat and supplement.

Contrary to what many think, mealworms are not your typical worm.  They are not slimy, they are not dirty.  “Mealies” have a hard exoskeleton and have a little crunch to them when fed (gross, huh??).  Don’t want to feed them because you have to touch them?  No problem – use a tweezers!  Too close to your hands?  Use reptile feeder tongs!  Seriously!  If you can feed these, do so!

Find them to be too expensive?  Breed your own – keep your own farm.  If you have a place where you can get organic wheat bran, you’re in good shape!  This really is the best and healthiest bedding for your mealies.  Looking for more info on a mealie farm?  Shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to discuss!  Looking to simply purchase them?  Go to Camillie’s Vita-Mealies for the best, healthiest mealies around!!

Go With Your Gut

Yogurt

Yogurt is a staple here in our household – it’s good for us, it’s good for the dogs and it’s good for the gliders.  I feed it at least once a week here, and the gliders go crazy!!!

Let’s talk about the benefits of yogurt, shall we?

So first…a healthy amount of “good” bacteria in your digestive tract is important.  Many of the yogurts you see on the shelf at the grocery store are made with this “good” bacteria, or probiotics.  You will know if the yogurt you have chosen has this “good” bacteria, as it will have “live and active cultures”, written on the label.  A healthy gut is a happy gut!

Second…yogurt is filled with several nutrients!  Calcium, Vitamin B2 and B12, potassium and magnesium, just to name a few!

Now…while feeding yogurt is a good thing for your gliders, you need to make sure that you purchase the RIGHT kind of yogurt.  I’m not talking about the brand, it’s up to you to choose that.  But, you do NOT want to purchase NON-FAT yogurt.  Non-fat yogurt is artificially sweetened and usually with an ingredient called ASPARTAME.  If you see this word on ANY product you are feeding your gliders, simply put it back on the shelf and move on.  It’s artificial, people!  Run!

All flavors (except chocolate) are fine.  I generally purchase plain old Dannon vanilla yogurt and call it good.  It’s cheap, and for those of us with several gliders, cheap is good!  LOL

 

 

 

 

Bok Bok!

It’s Friday night, the work week is done.  You arrive home and realize, “Gahhh, I don’t want to cook again!!  We’re having pizza!”

We are ALL entitled to an “off” night here and there.  A night where we don’t do “the usual”.  Your gliders deserve the same!  You’ve heard me say it before – would YOU want to eat the same thing day in and day out?  I doubt it.  Why should your gliders?  Don’t be afraid to change things up and have a little fun!

The fun here comes in the form of our feathered friend – the chicken!  Yes, your gliders can have this!  Not only can they have it, but they will love it!  Chicken

You can prepare the chicken a handful of different ways – grilling, baking or boiling are the usual suspects – and any will do.  Drummies, wings, breasts, anything works.  Here in OUR home, where we have LOTS of animal duties, we try to sneak in chicken prep where we can so we typically boil it on the stovetop.  We simply pop some chicken wings or drummies into a pot of boiling water, let it cook for about 40 minutes (or until done), drain and let cool.  If you want to grill or bake, that’s fine too, just remember to always do this without any oils or seasonings, as these can sometimes be harmful to your gliders.

Once the chicken is done cooking and has cooled, you have a couple of options.  Here, we tend to make an entire package of drummies or wings, take out that evening’s serving size, then portion the rest into ziplocs and place in the freezer.  This gives us several nights worth of feedings.

BONES – DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY!  Your gliders will LOVE them!  Yes, you heard me, these are okay to feed, too.  The marrow is a fantastic source of nutrients and it serves as great stimulation and fun for all!  If you cook them in bulk like we do, simply put the extra bones in a ziploc and freeze them, too!

Let me know how things go when you try it!  You’re not chicken, are you?  😛

Baby Food??

Baby Food…yes!

Baby Food PouchesTraveling for a weekend?  Working on your evacuation pack?  Baby food is a GREAT go-to for both and as a perfect alternative for junk food night.

There are several types of baby food you can feed.  Any of the “1” foods – both veggie and fruit – are perfect.  Also look for Chicken or Turkey (they will likely say “with gravy”, which is fine).  The pouches are okay, too!  You can feed the chicken or turkey once every couple of weeks as a replacement for their staple, but remember that the iron content is high so I wouldn’t feed it much more often than that (on a consistent basis, anyway).  Baby Food Jars

Any of the fruits and veggies are great to feed and can be used in addition to the chopped fruits and veggies you feed at night.  Again, when you’re able to feed fresh items, do so.  However, baby food is a great “something different” to feed every so often.

 

It’s EGG-citing!

Going to deviate a little from the FRUITS and VEGETABLES and discuss something that everyone should be feeding from time to time – EGGS.

Here in our home, we feed only cage free, non-antibiotic fed brown eggs. Regular white eggs are just fine, though. We feed scrambled eggs as a replacement for the usual staple mix, once or twice a week. They provide a great protein source and for those of you who don’t have a regular diet picked out, these are a great thing to feed until you DO decide!

For prep – fluff raw eggs with a fork in a microwavable container. For two gliders, one egg is more than enough. I have 24 gliders here and use 4 eggs. Place in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until done. Let cool and feed with fruits and vegetables!

Eggs
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