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NEW! Low Protein Playing Cards from Nutricia

Figuring out the amount of protein or certain amino acids in food and having to keep track of the amounts consumed can be boring and confusing.

Learning this information, however, is important to managing a special diet for a metabolic disorder.

Low Protein Playing CardsMany people, especially children, are visual learners and learn best when they are given visual cues to reinforce the information they are learning.

These flash cards were designed to make the pearlearning process easier and more fun. They include various food types with the protein, phenylalanine and tyrosine content, making them suitable for metabolic disorders beyond just PKU. In addition, the cards also include French and Spanish translations.

How Do I Use the Low Protein Playing Cards? 

The cards come in four colors to aid in learning the amount of protein or certain amino acids in food.  They also teach how specific foods are consumed when managing a diet for a metabolic disorder.



 Red cards are a reminder to stop and not eat the foods.

Yellow cards are foods to include in measured amounts.

Green cards are foods eaten in normal quantities.

Blue cards represent special medical foods and formulas.

Please always follow your dietitian’s guidance on which foods are appropriate in your individual situation and consult with your dietitian before incorporating any medical foods in your diet.


5 Fun Ideas for Using the Low Protein Playing Cards from Nutricia

  • Traditional Flash Cards (All Card Colors Used

    Goal: Learn phenylalanine and/or tyrosine and protein content of various foods

  • Stop Light (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only)

    Goal: Learn which foods are low, moderate and high in protein/PHE/TYR content

  • Go Fish (All Card Colors Used)

    Goal: Obtain the most matches and learn about protein/PHE/TYR content of foods

  • War (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only).

    Goal: To win all your opponent’s cards and end up with the most cards while also learning about protein/PHE/TYR content of foods

  • Meal Planning (Red, Yellow and Green Cards Only)

    Goal: To learn how to interchange foods within your allowed protein/PHE/TYR requirements.

 What will be your favorite game?

Nutricia Metabolics is dedicated to providing not only advanced medical nutrition for those living with inborn errors of metabolism, but we are also committed to education and support.


The Low Protein Playing Cards are FREE for families and can be requested online at

Full directions and additional games are included (in English, French and Spanish) with each set of cards.

Note:  Only 1 set of cards per household.  Available while supplies last.


Low Protein Summer Salads

Beat the heat and satisfy your appetite with a cool summer salad!


Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fruits and vegetables at the peak of freshness.  A make-your- own salad station makes a great addition to any cookout or pool party. You can also spice up a green garden salad by bringing along your favorite toppings and low protein dressing.

Try these themed salads for a fresh take on the usual bed of greens:

Fajita Salad: Create a colorful nutrient-packed meal by topping your salad greens with sautéed red and green bell peppers, onions and zucchini.

Mushroom Salad: Portobello mushrooms sautéed in fresh garlic or grilled can turn an ordinary salad into a savory meal.

Fruit Salad: Add diced apple, dried cranberries, diced peaches and grapes over greens. Toss with a light vinaigrette dressing for a sweet and tangy summer treat.

Mexican Salad: Spice up your salad with finely diced black olives, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes. Add jalapeños and salsa for an extra kick.

Roasted Vegetable Stacker: Toss coarsely chopped zucchini, eggplant, red pepper and onion in garlic oil and roast until tender. Serve piled high over a bed of salad greens.

Ratatouille Salad: Stew diced eggplant, olives, zucchini, garlic and onion in a broth made of tomato puree mixed with water. Allow to cool. This tasty topping can be served over greens or chilled low protein pasta to create a unique summer salad.

Turn your summer salad creation into PKU friendly protein source

Just mix 1 pouch (12.5g) of PhenylAde® GMP Mix-In (PKU formula) into 2 Tbsp of salad dressing for 10g of Protein Equivalents  

Note: Be sure to eat the entire serving.

PhenylAde® GMP Mix-In contains Glycomarcopeptide (GMP), made from a whole protein source!