Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

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Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby Muffin797 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:43 am

Hi there,

So I live in a town with an extremely high asian population (my town has multiple universities and is almost entirely focused on engineering, computer science, and mathematics). I also do not drive. As a result I have a really hard time finding the recommended staple greens. I currently feed my 6 month beardie mixed greens salads (which i can only find on occasion - once every 2 sometimes 3 weeks), carrots (which she absolutely loves), and am introducing bok choy. I've tried bean sprouts but that was a no no, not only would the beardie refuse to eat it but even crickets refused to eat it (which I thought was pretty much impossible). The main issue I find is that most of the veggies available aren't found in normal grocery stores (basically every grocery store where I live would be a specialty Asian supermarket elsewhere).

Does anyone have any suggestions for some Asian veggies that I can introduce or even make a staple in my little girl's diet?
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby Muffin797 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 2:45 am

She also loves bell peppers but those can be rather expensive. I still get them on occasion (once a month).
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:23 am

What about squash - any types of squash ? There is got to be something over there that she can eat as a staple - do you have the nutrition website link ? Its on this board at the top --
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby Muffin797 » Sat Aug 24, 2019 8:33 am

Yes I have the nutrition page, but most of the items I see at the grocery stores aren't listed on them...
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Aug 24, 2019 9:16 am

Oh great --- well someone else will haft to help on this one -- maybe Ellen shes an entomologist- I would PM her ellentomologist is her user name ---
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:34 pm

Muffin797 wrote:Does anyone have any suggestions for some Asian veggies that I can introduce or even make a staple in my little girl's diet?

Wow, that's a really good question!

There are plenty of Asian veggies (& greens); I think the question is, which ones are/are not calcium binders. As I understand it (Anyone please correct me if I'm misinformed!) the calcium-binding culprits are oxalates. Quite a bit turns up Googling: asian vegetables oxalates but one may have to work backward from the tables/statistics to find those leafy greens with the lowest levels (%) of oxalates. I might start by comparing levels to things we know are safe/good for BDs.

YMMV.
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby CooperDragon » Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:17 am

I would focus on variety based on what you have available. Offer as much as you can and see what she likes. If you can land on a few favorites then I'd use those as staples, then rotate in/out some others based on availability so you're always offering (at least) 2-3 items in each salad and rotating what is offered. That will help provide a balanced diet with needed nutrients. Just do the best you can with whats available to you.
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Re: Asian greens and veggies to feed as staples

Postby Aaradimian » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:50 pm

I'm glad you brought this up. I have a large Korean and Chinese community in my area and there are a bunch of exotic (to me) greens that I'd love to have them try except that I can't tell whether they'd be good, so-so, or bad for my beardies.
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