Showing posts with label Guinea Pig Good Food Guide. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Guinea Pig Good Food Guide. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Veggie of the Wheek; Radish

We had never heard of this veggie before but Mummy was making salad for the humans (humph) and saw radishes on offer in the supermarket as she hadn't had them for years she decided to buy them, even better they were grown in Britain, Mummy says she used to grow radishes when she was a child and loved eating them.

So what does a radish look like? This..

Whole Radish

Chopped Radish

Did we like Radish? Our reactions...

Faster than the speed of light I grab a piece and promptly drop it

Back to the bowl for the better piece I know is hiding in there

Agent F1 does a grab and dash

Iron Hamster smuggles his piece to the corner

Verdict yes we like Radish

Now the most important part the nutritional details

1)According to one chart due to Oxalate content we should only have radish a couple of times a month so this is a treat to be given sparingly according to another we can have it a couple of times a week (Mummy says she will play it safe and only give us the occasional treat)

2)Low Vitamin C content

3) High Calcium

Radish nutritional information
One half cup of radishes, raw, has 0.39 grams protein, 9 calories and 0.9 grams of dietary fiber.
Potassium - 135 mg
Phosphorus - 12 mg
Magnesium - 6 mg
Calcium - 14 mg
Iron - 0.2 mg
Sodium - 23 mg
Zinc - 0.16 mg
Copper - 0.029 mg
Manganese - 0.04 mg
Selenium - 0.3 mcg
Also contains small amounts of other minerals.
Vitamin C - 8.6 mg
Niacin - 0.147 mg
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.007 mg
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) - 0.023 mg
Vitamin B6 - 0.041 mg
Folate - 14 mcg
Pantothenic Acid - 0.096 mg
Vitamin A - 4 IU
Vitamin K - 0.8 mcg
Contains some other vitamins in small amounts.

Our suggestion...give it a go

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Testing Tasty Treats #4

Well this is our last tasty treat to test and this time we have Rosehip, Ribwort and Sunflower Petals

As you can see we dived straight in but once again we had to throw all those pesky Rosehips around the cage we did however enjoy the ribwort and sunflower petals

Now we need Mummy to find us new treats to review

PS did any UK piggies take up the offer from Monster?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Testing Tasty Treats #3

Our treat this week is Carrot, Rosehip, dandelion and alfafa (sorry about the pigtures they are from Mummy's phone not her camera)

As you can see there are plenty of carrot pieces which we really liked, we also really liked the dandelion and the alfafa but the rosehips... yuck we left these on the floor!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Testing Tasty New Treats #2

Our next salad snack is....Parsley, parsnip, meadow grass and sweet pepper

Here you can see us all investigating;

Our report;

Despite the fact we all love fresh peppers we do not like the dried peppers or the parsnip in this salad :(

2 more tasting sessions to go

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Testing Tasty Treats

We have been given some tasty new treats to try out they are little pots of piggy salads from Living World Green we have 4 flavours to try last night we tried Strawberry Marigold and Green Oat salad.

As you can see there are plenty of Strawberry bits which are my favourite part

Iron Hamster liked the Marigold flowers best, he suggests less Strawberry and more Marigold

Agent F1 had a nibble of everything and doesn't have a favourite bit

F1 says if the the humans want to improve this for piggies they should make the tub the salad comes in from cardboard and not plastic then we could play with the tub and eat that as well!!

He does like eating cardboard.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We Try Chinese Leaf

As you can see from the video we like the green leaft bit at the edge of the chinese leaf we werent so keen on the white middle bit, but once we had run out of other veggies to eat we came back and finished it off.

We are glad to report we had no ill effects from eating Chinese Leaf.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Can We Eat Chinese Leaf?

When Mummy was at Tesco she found Chinese Leaf on offer for a pound thinking we might enjoy this as it looked like a cross between lettuce and cabbage she bought it.

Before giving it to us Mummy checked her safe foods lists and now we have a problem Chinese Leaf is not on any of them!!

Does anyone know if this is safe for piggies or will the humans have to eat it themselves??

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Misfit's Luxury Grass Indoors Treat

Agent Addytudy and Amanda

Amanda and Addaline eating from mummy "oats" which she grows in a tupperware tub so we can still have grass in the icky months.
us piggies love it when its our turn for the tub of grass:)

Amanda is Addytudy's cage mate, She loves kisses. She will put her face up to the cage entrance and wait for you to kiss her! She weighs in at a whopping 943 grams. Amanda came to live with the Misfits on 7-2-08. Her estimated birthday is March 23,07.She is the mother of Agent Bam and she likes broccoli alot.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hay Review 12

This is another one that is not technically a hay, this time it Burgess Excel Country Garden Herbs.

This comes in a small packet costing £1.84 and is a mixture of dandelion, plantain, chicory, mint, milk thistle, cornflower and jerusalem artichoke.

This is nice as an extra treat but compared to the mountain meadow herbs its a bit boring and is mainly brown in colour.

We rate this 6 out of 10

Monday, March 28, 2011

Veggie of the Week Bell Peppers

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are also known as sweet peppers or capsicum, they come in a variety of colours red, orange, yellow and green we have even seen blue/purple ones which Mummy had to buy for the novelty value.

We prefer the sweeter ones like the reds and oranges but greens are ok as well.

Above you can see me hiding under my mezzanine floor to eat my strip of pepper.

Here is what Guinealynx say about Bell Peppers

GUINEA LYNX' Veg & Fruit Chart 10 Calorie Quantities

Vegetable g/10 cal Sugar mg Ca mg Ca:P P mg Mg mg K mg Na mg Vit_A RAE Vit_C mg

37 Unkn 4.07 0.5:1 8.89 4.4 78.52 0.74 3.7 67.96

50 1.2 5 0.5:1 10 5 87.5 1.5 9 40.2

32 1.36 2.26 0.3:1 8.39 3.9 68.07 1.29 50.65 41.19

Phosphorus = P
Magnesium = Mg
Potassium = K
Sodium = Na

Bell peppers are very good for pregnant piggies as they have high levels of vitamin C a quarter of a pepper is a good amount for a pregnant piggy.

My research also shows that;

1) High Vitamin C
2) Low Calcium
3) Can be fed daily

Warnings remove the green stems and seeds as these can be choking hazards
Red pepper can discolour urine so warn the humans as they tend to panic when they see funny coloured urine.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hay Review 11

OK this isn't really a hay but its more like hay than a veggie so its going in this section.

Excel Mountain Meadow herbs comes in a small pack and is a mixture of dandelion,milk thistle, coltsfoot, chamomile, parsley, sage, hibiscus, fennel, rose and sunflower petals.

It cost Mummy £1.84

We both loved this especially all the pretty flowers they were very yummy.

We would give this 8 out of 10

One little complaint though the leaves tend to get crushed into little tiny pieces are we are fussy about picking little tiny pieces up.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Hay Review 10

Our 10th hay is Burgess Birch Bark Herbage this is another treat hay a mixture of timothy hay and birch bark in a 500g bag.

Like the chamomile hay this was £2.49 a bag.

This hay was a yellowy brown colour with bits of bark in it, ok the name gave it away but we prefer our hay to be well hay really.

We would give this hay 4 out of 10

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Hay Review 9

The 9th hay we have been sampling is Burgess Chamomile Hay this is a treat hay its timothy hay and chamomile mixed together in a 500g bag.

This cost Mummy about £2.49 but that was before VAT went up (what is VAT and what does it have to do with hay??)

Me and the Hamster, ok ok, Iron Hamster loved this hay its fresh and greeny yellow and it smells nice and yummy too.

Mummy says its funny coz chamomile is meant to be relaxing for humans and after we have had our chamomile hay we are really chilled out.

We rate this hay 8 out of 10

Friday, February 18, 2011

Veggie of the Week; Cantaloupe Melon

Ok so technically this is a fruit but so are tomatoes so we are including it.

Cantaloupe Melon

Slice of Cantaloupe Melon

We have only been allowed Cantaloupe Melon as it was on special offer at Tesco and Mummy likes a bit of melon herself.

We were given the slice in the pigture above, this was cut in half for us, Mummy gives it to us with the rind on but then takes the rind away when we have eaten the orange bit sometimes she is not quick enough and we eat the rind as well, so any of you know if we are allowed to eat the rind? I can report we were fine but it would be good to know.

Next I show you how to eat Cantaloupe Melon...

Step 1 Grab It From The Food Bowl

Step 2 Hide Under The Mezzanine Floor And Eat It

Here is what Guinealynx say about Cantaloupe Melon

GUINEA LYNX' Veg & Fruit Chart 10 Calorie Quantities

Vegetable g/10 cal Sugar mg Ca mg Ca:P P mg Mg mg K mg Na mg Vit_A RAE Vit_C mg
29 2.31 2.65 0.6:1 4.41 3.5 78.53 4.71 49.71 10.79

Phosphorus = P
Magnesium = Mg
Potassium = K
Sodium = Na

Here is what we have found out about Cantaloupe Melon;
1)High in vitamin C
2)Low Calcium so ok for stone piggies
3)Can be fed 2-3 times a week
4)High in sugar so only feed in small amounts

Do you like Cantaloupe Melon?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Veggie of the Week; Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce is also known as Cos Lettuce

A Whole Romaine Lettuce

Romaine Lettuce Leafs

Romaine lettuce is our favourite leafy vegetable I think.......

Mummy says its very useful because the leafs are soo big. When she cuts our nails Mummy uses a romaine leaf to distract us, while we are busy nibbling the leaf she can cut our nails no problem.... well that is the theory.

I am a good boy and nibble my romaine while my nails are cut only occasionaly kicking Mummy when she touches my back legs, The Hamster is very naughty he ignores the romaine and runs around scratching Mummy, she has to be really patient and sometimes Daddy has to help as well.

Next the Hamster shows you how to eat romaine lettuce

Step 1 Grab It Quick

Step 2 Stand On It So It Doesnt Escape

Here what Guinealynx says about Romaine Lettuce

GUINEA LYNX' Veg & Fruit Chart 10 Calorie Quantities

Vegetableg/10 calSugar mg Ca mgCa:P P mgMg mg K mg Na mg Vit_A RAE Vit_C mg
Lettuce, cos or romaine 59 0.7 19.41 1.1:1 17.65 8.2 145.29 4.71 256.47 14.12

Phosphorus = P
Magnesium = Mg
Potassium = K
Sodium = Na

My research has found that Romaine Lettuce is;
1) Low in vitamin C so feed with veggies that are high vitamin C
2) Low in calcium so ok for stone piggies
3) Can be fed daily hurray!!

No report about Romaine Lettuce would be complete without the legendary pigture of Agent F and his Romaine hat so here it is

So what do you think about Romaine Lettuce?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Veggie of the Week; Cucumber


Cucumber Slices

For some reason Mummy always makes sure we have an even number of veggie pieces, does she think we are going to share exactly???

GUINEA LYNX' Veg & Fruit Chart 10 Calorie Quantities

Vegetableg/10 calSugar mg Ca mgCa:P P mgMg mg K mg Na mg Vit_A RAE Vit_C mg
Cucumber, with peel 67 1.1110.67 0.7:1 16 8.7 98 1.333.33 1.87

Phosphorus = P
Magnesium = Mg
Potassium = K
Sodium = Na

Here is what we have learned about cucumber....

1)Contains lots of water so good for piggies who dont like drinking
2)Low in Vitamin C
3)Low in Calcium
4)Can be fed daily

To keep cucumber fresher for longer Mummy wraps it in kitchen foil (not clingfilm) and she keeps it on bottom shelf of fridge (not the salad crisper) she swears it lasts much longer this way.

Cucumber is probably my second favourite veggie after baby sweetcorn, the Hamster loves it as well.

The most important question when it comes to cucumber is how do you eat yours?

Mummy cuts our cucumber into little circular slices and we all eat them differently...

Agent F would start on the outside and eat his way round in a circle eating all the skin and then the middle.

The Hamster choses his starting point and then eats as far in towards the middle as he can without his chin getting in the way when his chin gets in the way he moves onto the next point and does it all again.

I chose my start point and the eat across left to right when I run out of cucumber I start again and eat right to left.

So how do you eat yours?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Veggie of the Week; Parsley

Curly Leaf Parsley

Nom Nom

Here in the UK we have 2 kinds of Parsley the curly leaf type pigtured above and flat leaf Parsley that looks very much like Coriander.

Mummy grows the flat leaf kind in the garden but it is dead for winter at the moment so we cant show you a pigture.

Here is what Guinealynx says about Parsley.......

GUINEA LYNX' Veg & Fruit Chart 10 Calorie Quantities

Vegetableg/10 calSugar mg Ca mgCa:P P mgMg mg K mg Na mg Vit_A RAE Vit_C mg
PARSLEY 28 0.24 38.33 2.4:1 16.11 13.9 153.89 15.56 116.94 36.94

Phosphorus = P
Magnesium = Mg
Potassium = K
Sodium = Na

Guinea Lynx'

100 gram portions
Acid (C)
Parsley 87.71362.97133.0138582.4:1

Our research has found that Parsley is;
1) High in Vitamin C good for all piggies
2) High in Calcium not good for stone piggies
3) Can be fed daily but only 5g per piggy

Me and the Hamster did like the Parsley but if offered in with our daily salad there are other bits we would prefer to grab, run off and hide and eat first.

Let us know how you feel about Parsley

Friday, December 10, 2010

Veggie of the Week Coriander

Coriander/ Cilantro plant before Mummy killed itBlink and you miss itAll gone Well as you can see from the pigtures above our first taste of Coriander was a success we love it!! In the US Coriander is known as Cilantro. According to our lists 1) Coriander is high in vitamin C 2) It can be fed daily 3) It is high in calcium 
100 gram portions
Percent Water Energy
Acid (C)

Ca:P Ratio
Cilantro 92.21232.1327.067481.4:1
Source: Guinealynx

The humans use this delicious food stuff in cooking and decorating food what a waste.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Veggie of the Week; Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn in its silk outer layer

Naked Sweetcorn

Baby Sweetcorn

Here you can see Woopy enjoy a piece of the Corn silk and leaf. 

We can eat the whole of the sweetcorn although we dont eat the big white bit you are left with once you eat the little yellow nobbles, like Woopy our favourite part is the silk and leaves and they contain fibre which is good for our tummies.

Our research has found;
1) Relatively low in vitamin C
2) Can be fed daily
3) Fattening good for piggies who need a bit of extra weight

The guinygirlz Slave found this big table with nutrional values on the wikipedia site:

Sweetcorn, yellow, raw(seeds only)
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 360 kJ (86 kcal)
Carbohydrates 19.02 g
Sugars 3.22 g
Dietary fiber 2.7 g
Fat 1.18 g
Protein 3.2 g
Tryptophan 0.023 g
Threonine 0.129 g
Isoleucine 0.129 g
Leucine 0.348 g
Lysine 0.137 g
Methionine 0.067 g
Cystine 0.026 g
Phenylalanine 0.150 g
Tyrosine 0.123 g
Valine 0.185 g
Arginine 0.131 g
Histidine 0.089 g
Alanine 0.295 g
Aspartic acid 0.244 g
Glutamic acid 0.636 g
Glycine 0.127 g
Proline 0.292 g
Serine 0.153 g
Water 75.96 g
Vitamin A equiv. 9 μg (1%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1) 0.200 mg (15%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) 1.700 mg (11%)
Folate (Vit. B9) 46 μg (12%)
Vitamin C 6.8 mg (11%)
Iron 0.52 mg (4%)
Magnesium 37 mg (10%)
Potassium 270 mg (6%)
One ear of medium size (6-3/4" to 7-1/2" long)
maize has 90 grams of seeds
Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient database
 Unfortunately Guinealynx has not sweetcorn listed on the vegetable charts

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It worked: Endive feast!!

Hi there,

The recipe for endive our aunts Yaya and Janneke posted worked!
Daddy slave didn't want to eat endive for another day,
so we got the leftovers:

P.S. Can you see how big Lily'explorer (top right) and Lil'wheeker (top left) have gotten?