For those following a low protein diet for a medical reason, FRUITS and VEGETABLES are a very important part of the diet. The good news is fruits and veggies are good for you and it is recommended to have a least 5 servings a day. The best of all they are typically naturally low in protein and a good source of vitamins and antioxidants. Antioxidants are chemical compounds (natural) found in food that keep cells within your body strong and work to fight off illness.
Here are some quick tips for eating 5 A Day the Low Protein Way
- Included a tossed green salad as part of your dinner and lunch
- Keep celery and carrot sticks pre-cut so they are available for a quick snack
- Add fresh berries to your low protein cereal (Shop Loprofin Low Protein Cereal Now)
- Roast vegetables in advance for quick eating and reheating during the week
- Don’t leave home without it! It = An apple!
- Enjoy canned fruit cocktal (packed in juice) as an evening snack or when summer fruit is out of season
- Try something tropical like guava, pineapple, mango or papaya diced on a salad
- Add fruit to your formula and blend for a PKU formula (or any other metabolic condition) smoothie
- Freeze grapes for a cold, bite size treat
Posted by: Sandy Simons, MA, RD, CHES
Sandy is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Education Specialist. She received her graduate training at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York. She has been working on the industry side of metabolic nutrition for the past 11 years and is often seen at patient events around the country.