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PostSubject: VGV - Val's Green Variety Diet   Sat Jun 28, 2014 9:51 am

We switched to VGV a few months ago and we all love it.  It is much cheaper and easier to make in the long run than it appears - I promise!  I feel so much better about giving my gliders a more natural and organic diet that I know what all of the ingredients are.  I am no longer a fan of processed foods with who knows what kind of ingredients and additives included.  This diet was designed by a long time glider owner with years of experience in rescue and getting gliders healthy and well.  A wonderful glider vet, Dr. Walsh, also helped with designing this diet.  I am extremely pleased with this diet and the gliders absolutely LOVE it!!


Instructions from http://thesweetspot.forumotion.net/t2325-vgv-val-s-green-variety-diet-instructions-only

To be honest with you, I make every batch differently.   You should strive to make all of your batches different as well, in order to provide the variety this diet calls for.  One batch makes roughly 70 servings (give or take).


KEY INGREDIENTS
(these are the ingredients present in every batch):

1 1/2 cup Knudsen MEGA GREEN juice http://www.rwknudsenfamily.com/products/simply_nutritious/mega_green
    (this juice includes spirulina, and other beneficial green foods)   (IF you wish, you may substitute any other green juice.  )

1/4 cup organic apple sauce
1/4 cup collard greens
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts or 1 tablespoon dried alfalfa leaf
3/4 cup any other juice (I use a variety of organic fruit juices, but most of the time Just Pomegranate by Knudson)
1/2 Tablespoon bee pollen
1  hard boiled egg - no shell
1 Tablespoon flax seed oil
1/2 teaspoon milk thistle (this was at the advice of Dr. Walsh as well - given that I have several gliders with some liver issues.  You may omit the milk thistle if you like.)


ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS

IN ADDITION TO THESE INGREDIENTS, add 3 of the following to each batch.  Again, I make each batch differently, so I vary what I put into each batch.  None of these ingredients should be used in EVERY batch made. This should not be stressful.  Varying your glider's diet should be a fun and enriching experience.  

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/8 teaspoon liquid vitamin E
1/2 cup kale
1 crushed/pulverized SamE tablet
1 additional teaspoon of barley grass powder
1/2 cup fruit puree or a different flavor fruit juice
1/4 cup chopped okra
1 Tablespoon ground chia seed OR chia oil
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon wheat germ
1/8 teaspoon Primal Defense - powdered form
1 Tablespoon raw or manuka honey
1 Tablespoon Wombaroo High Protein Supplement powder
1 teaspoon Calcium Carbonate powder
1/2 Tablespoon acacia powder
1 Tablespoon yucca powder


Throw it in a blender and mix it all thoroughly, Then freeze.

* I purchase every one of these things at my local health food store. - one stop shopping.


For nursing moms, add one extra egg or use High protein wombaroo powder as suggested in the additional ingredients.


Because the ingredients in this diet vary, I do not have a Ca:P ratio for the mix. One must make sure to balance the fruits and veggies and to choose them wisely.


Because of the amount of fruit juice/applesauce, I decrease the amount of fruit given each night.


SERVING INSTRUCTIONS:

Serve EACH GLIDER
1 1/2 teaspoons of this mix (1/2 Tablespoon, or 1 Tablespoon for each pair)
1/2 Tablespoon (1 1/2 teaspoons) of fresh fruit
1 1/2 Tablespoons of veggies (basically, I just fill the TBSP to overflowing and give them that).

Offer a wide variety of fruits and veggies EACH night -
I chop into a very large bowl at least 6 different veggies and 3 different fruits each night and mix them up (fruit in one bowl, veggies in another). Most days, they get 8-10 different veggies. I cut them into tiny pieces that Jackie Chan and Riddick can hold with one hand, and since doing that have found that they get a wide variety in one tablespoon if the pieces are small. I sometimes offer organic juice (or homemade juice) instead of fruit or part of their veggies (my gliders love carrot juice).  I use a wide variety of foods.  We only avoid those that are unsafe.  All others are fair game.

Then, every 4th day or so, I don't give the mix and give scrambled eggs, shrimp, or chicken instead.  This is just for variety and is not necessary.  You can feed the mix every night if you wish.  

2-3X per week I give a hard pellet food (dog kibble, cat food, or happy glider pellets) IN ADDITION TO this diet. They get 2-3 pieces per glider placed in the cage.
For treats, I give dried papaya, yogies, pine nuts, mealies, wax worms, walnut pieces, pecan pieces or pecans in the shell, almond pieces, honey nut cheerios, baby puff treats, yogurt dipped nuts, and unsalted sunflower seeds in the shell. I greet each and every glider every morning and offer one or more of the above. I do not give meal worms every day - I rotate them with the above things. Gliders also get treats during nail clipping, during tent time, when I take them out for bonding, if they go out with me and meet other people, after/during each vet visit and pretty much any time they give me the cute little pleading eyes. I am not a treat miser - I am generous with my treats and with my love.

This diet is not just about the food they eat, but about the experience of eating. I routinely hide foods all over the cage and/or change the location that they eat in the cage. I offer different textures, different size bites, different colors and a variety of different tastes in one meal. I believe that gliders enjoy being able to take their food to a different place in the cage and eat it, while others enjoy sitting at the dish and eating, so I do not recommend feeding this diet as a pureed diet. Eating should be an experience that stimulates their taste buds as well as their intellect (by encouraging foraging and hunting for food) and their emotions - making it an enjoyable and unique experience each night.





Discussion of the diet and its ingredients, etc:

http://thesweetspot.forumotion.net/t86-val-s-green-variety-diet

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