Fresh vegetables and fruits (occasionally) are an important part of your guinea pigs diet. I’ve broken down fruits and vegetables into 5 rough groups to help you plan your piggies meals!
BUT – don’t forget that a constant supply of fresh hay is the most important part of any guinea pig diet!
1. Big and leafy! This group includes all lettuces (do not feed iceberg), spring greens (cabbage type vegetables not often) and other leaves like watercress, rocket and spinach (spinach is high in calcium). Try to feed one or two a day from this group.
2. Herbs! Some good herbs include coriander, parsley (high in calcium), dill, mint and basil. Add one to your piggies veggie meal to increase variety.
3. Vitamin C boosters! Red bell peppers are great (don’t feed chilli peppers!) and come top for vitamin C content. Other ones high on the list are parsley, spinach, kale, broccoli, green peppers, sprouts, dill… See the full list in the link provided below! Try to give one thing high in vitamin C every day.
4. Fruits! Only feed one small piece once, or twice a week. See what you have in the house, you shouldn’t have to buy anything especially. You never know, it might even get you eating more fruits!
5. ‘Filler’ veg! All other veggies you can feed, such as celery, cucumber, carrots, courgettes, beans, see a full list in the links below. Try to offer at least two from this group in addition to the other categories.
Vitamin C chart: http://www.guinealynx.info/diet_order-c.html
Lists and descriptions: http://jackiesguineapiggies.com/fruitandveg.html
List and what not to feed: http://wheekandsqueak.webs.com/feedingyourguineapig.htm
Comprehensive nutrition charts: http://www.guinealynx.info/chart.html