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Tips for a Low Pro Friendly Thanksgiving

fb-thanksgivingThe holidays can be a tough time for many people, especially those on a restricted diet. The most important thing about managing a restricted diet during any holiday season is to plan ahead. The more you know in advance, the better you can plan.

These are some questions to ask:

  • Where will I be spending the holidays and how long will the trip be?

  • Do I have enough formula so I do not run out over the weekend

  • Am I dining at home or at someone else’s home?

  • Will I be preparing the food or will someone else?

Once you know more about what your day/weekend will consist of, you can make a plan.

One key thing to plan in advance is the menu. If you are not dining at home, but at a friend’s or relative’s home, it will be important to ask what is being served, then…

 

  • Ask if you can bring a side dish (one that is suitable for you, but enough for everyone to share).

  • Let them know about your dietary needs so they can omit or serve items on the side that are not low protein friendly, like cheese or bread crumbs.

  • See if you can access the kitchen to re-heat or make additional items for the holiday meal.

    Get Creative!
    Many traditional holiday favorites can be modified to reduce the protein, while still keeping the taste and texture you and others love. Here are some recipes with small changes to lower the protein content — they are sure to become family staples at your holiday meals:

Reduced Protein Mashed Potatoes

2 cups (248 g), Cauliflower, florets
2 cups (312 g), White potato, peeled and cut into pieces
1 cup (156 g), Parsnips, peeled and cut into pieces
¼ cup (56 g),Non-dairy creamer, liquid
2 tablespoons (28 g),Margarine, dairy-free
To taste (2-3 g), Salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Boil potato and parsnip in a large pot until they begin to soften.
  2. Add cauliflower and continue to cook until soft and tender.
  3. Drain water.
  4. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 7 servings  (115 g per serving)

Protein 2 g     P HE 67 mg        Calories 105

End your holiday meal on a sweet note with this  low protein apple cobbler for dessert. This is a dish everyone at your holiday gathering is sure to enjoy!

 

Low Protein Apple Cobbler

8 cups (880 g), Apples, peeled, cored, sliced
½ cup (110 g), Brown sugar, packed
1/3 cup (67 g), Sugar, granulated
¼ cup (28 g), Corn starch
2 tablespoons (31 g), Lemon juice
½ teaspoon (1.3 g), Cinnamon
½ teaspoon (1 g), Nutmeg
1 can (400 g), Maddy’s®  Homestyle Sugar Cookie Mix
8 tablespoons (1 stick), Margarine, dairy-free

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, combine Maddy’s® Homestyle Sugar Cookie Mix and margarine .
  2. Blend until mixture is fully combined (resembles coarse crumbles)
  3. Set aside
  4. In a second large bowl, combine all other ingredients.Stir.
  5. Place apple mixture into a greased 9 x 12 inch pan.
  6. Spoon cookie mixture over top of apples, evenly.
  7. Bake at 375° F for 35-45 minutes (until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned.)

Makes 12 servings  (124 g per serving)

Protein 0 g        PHE 8 mg         Calories 215

And most of all…

Holidays do not have to be all about food. Make your holidays memorable with family traditions, such as a family football game or checkers tournament.

Happy Thanksgiving from

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Nutricia Connect – Supporting you to live life to the fullest!


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We understand it can be an overwhelming time when your child is diagnosed with a metabolic condition and you will have a lot of questions. Many of your initial questions are best answered by members of your healthcare team – they are the medical experts! In addition, we are here for you through our Nutricia Connect program.

After speaking to parents and individuals with a metabolic condition, we created Nutricia Connect – a comprehensive program that supports families like yours. Here are a few of the support tools available through Nutricia Connect.

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Let us know in the comment section which of the resources you would find helpful.

 

Nutricia Metabolic products are meant for use under medical supervision. Remember, always consult an experienced healthcare professional for the management of all metabolic disorders.

Tips for a Low Protein Friendly Halloween

Trick or Treat? When your child is on a low protein diet for an inborn error of metabolism, such as PKU, MSUD, TYR or HCU, sometimes the tricks feel safer than the treats.

Halloween celebrations that center on candy, food and snacks can be tough for kids on restricted diets –and tough for parents who want their children to fully enjoy the festivities.

But it is possible to have fun AND stay on a low protein diet this Halloween?

Here are a few tips, resources, and recipes to help you make it a healthy and happy Halloween.

    Safety First:

  • Be sure to talk with teachers and other parents about what your child can and cannot have at Halloween parties or school activities.

  • Talk with your child about the importance of staying on diet and remind them to check with you to determine if a particular food or candy is safe.

Now to the Fun Stuff:

▪ Get creative with Halloween giveaways. Have non-food treats to hand out at home or at school. Think dollar store toys, stickers, party favors, and coloring books.

▪ Plan an alternative activity to trick-or-treating, such as Halloween slumber party, game night, craft party, or a scavenger hunt.

▪ If there will be cakes or cookies at the party, take low-protein treats for your child to enjoy so that she doesn’t feel left out – Check out Maddy’s Low Protein Sugar Cookie Mix

▪ Consider having a “swap-party” where your child can swap candies she cannot have for “allowed” candies. This way everyone gets what they want!

▪ Make your child’s PKU formula festive! Serve it in a Halloween-themed cup, use fun straws, or add some orange food coloring.

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More Resources:

Our friends at HowMuchPHE.org have put together a great source to view the Protein and PHE content for common Halloween treats.*

View the Halloween Candy Guide from How Much PHE

Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes

jack-o-lantern-228Surprise that special someone or treat yourself to a Halloween cupcake. These cupcakes are made with Maddy’s Homestyle Yellow Cake Mix.  They are easy to make and great for home, work or parties.

cakePrep time: 5 minutes

Bake time: 30-35 minutes

Makes: 12 cupcakes

Serving Size: 1 cupcake ( 34 g of mix) You will need:

  •  1 can Maddy’s Yellow Cake Mix

  • 1 cup water

  •  1/3 cup vegetable oil

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.  Grease bottom of cupcake tin.
  2. Stir cake mix, water and oil in a large bowl.
  3. Pour into 12 cupcake servings
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
  6. Cool completely before frosting into your spooky treat.

Precautions
Must be used under strict medical supervision. Not intended as the sole source of nutrition. Not suitable for wheat-free diets.

Makes 12 Cupcakes

Nutrition Per serving
Calories 180
Protein 0.2 g
Phenylalanine 4 mg
Leucine 6 mg

Note:  Any additional frosting or decorations may add additional Protein or PHE, be sure to read labels and account for any topping or decorations.  Nutrition listed is for cake only.

*Nutricia North America is not affiliated with HowMuchPHE.org and has not independently verified the information on HowMuchPHE.org.

Top 10 Reasons to Add Phlexy-10 Tablets to your PKU diet plan

Tired of always  DRINKING your PKU formula?  Did you know that there are other options?

Nutricia offers, Phlexy-10 Tablets, a convenient way to take your PKU medical food:

12 Tablets = 10 g Protein Equivalents

 

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*Speak to your dietitian to see if Phlexy-10 Tablets are right for you.

Here are our Top 10 reasons to use Phlexy-10 Tablets.   Which one is your top reason?

10. You can take tablets at night instead of skipping that last serving of formula

9. Easy to take at school or before sports practice / other after school activities

8. Tablets won’t cause your locker or work area to smell like formula

7. Lightweight source of PHE-Free protein when hiking or camping

6. A simple way to stay on diet when you just don’t want to drink PKU formula

5. Prevents having to explain about your “special drink” when with other people

4. Tablets can add flexibility to a busy day

3. Easy to pack or carry when away from home for long periods of time

2. No messy liquid spills in your bag or purse

1. A quick and easy source of PHE-Free protein you can take ANYWHERE!

 

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Don’t Skip Your Last Serving of PKU Formula!

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* For the dietary management of proven Phenylketonuria (PKU).  Use under medical supervision. You must consult a metabolic healthcare professional prior to making changes to your PKU diet plan.

 

Back-to-School – Talking to Teachers About PKU

It’s Back-to-School Time! 

back-to-school-imageThe return to school is an exciting time of year.  But for a parent of a child with a metabolic disorder, such as Phenylketonuria (PKU), there are also certain concerns and stresses that comes with the start of school. 

Each year you may be faced with educating a new teacher or school nurse about PKU.

What is PKU?  

How it is Treated?  

What that means to the teacher…

Nutricia Metabolics is proud to share an educational handout to help you inform your child’s new teacher and/or school nurse about PKU.

It includes information about What PKU is, What happens, How it is treated with additional classroom tips for the teacher.

Click to Download:  Guide to PKU – Teachers & School Nurses

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Looking for a School Friendly PKU Formula?

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PKU Lunch Tips for Back-to-School

katieby – Katie Maquire, Adult with PKU – guest blogger

I don’t know about you, but it was pretty stressful for my parents sending me off to school in September knowing that I would be making many food choices on my own without them present.

back-to-school-imageALL children should learn to make healthy food choices. Children with PKU are no different. Learning to eat low protein and healthy can begin at a young age when you are grocery shopping or prepping food together in the kitchen.

PKU Friendly Lunch Tips for Back-to-School:

  • Pack lunch in fun, colorful containers in all different sizes.

  • Use an insulated lunch tote with ice packs to keep food and formula cool.

  • Make lunch colorful with a small amount of different veggies, such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow peppers, etc.

  • Prepare, weigh and measure food ahead of time to speed up mornings.

  • Involve your child in shopping, prepping and weighing their own lunch.iStock_000015639017Medium

  • Give your child a low protein “surprise” snack, like Maddy’s Low Protein Sugar Cookies.

  • Write a special good job note or include a sticker 2-3 times a week.

  • Send formula in a fun re-usable drink container or sports bottle.

  • Plan ahead with a 5-day menu to ease grocery shopping and food prep.

  • Try a Ready-To-Drink PKU formula if unable to mix formula at school.*

Katie Maguire is an adult with PKU.  She is currently a second grade school teacher.

*Important:  You must consult a metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your child’s PKU diet plan.

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Make PKU Formula Part of Your Daily Routine

If you have Phenylketonuria (PKU), then you know PKU formula is part of your life.  

PKU Formula is one of the most important parts of your diet.

Since PKU is generally managed with a diet low in whole protein, you need to get additional, PKU-appropriate protein from a different source.

PKU formula is your main source of protein and is essential for your health and well-being. Taking your full prescription of formula every day will provide your body with the protein it needs.

 

Here are some tips to help make PKU formula part of your daily routine
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Learn more about Why you need PKU Formula with these tips for Making PKU Formula Part of your Routine 

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College & PKU: Getting Ready for the Next Chapter

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The completion of high school and the transition into the next chapter of education is a very exciting time. Applying to colleges, receiving the ‘fat envelope’, choosing classes, moving away from home, and living with a roommate for the first time, are all new and exciting experiences.

Arriving on campus and the first few weeks on campus will be exciting and full of change.  You will meet a variety of new people and have many new experiences.  The one thing that remains constant is adhering to your low protein diet and drinking your PKU formula daily.  Keeping your PHE levels in control when you don’t have your family watching over you may be more difficult than anticipated, but at the same time, more important than ever.

The key is to FOCUS and make a PLAN!  Commit yourself to your PKU diet.  Long lectures, late nights studying and preparing for exams will require you to be at your best and drinking your PKU formula daily, spread throughout the day will be one of your tickets to success.  As you know, elevated blood PHE levels are linked to reduced executive function skills such as memory, recall and concentration.

Write out your daily schedule and include dedicated time to mix and drink your PKU formula.  This will help make formula part of your day and reduce accidental skips.

Tips for Drinking PKU Formula on Campus

  • Add formula powder to an empty water bottle (or other reusable container) that you can fill with water later for formula anywhere, anytime.
  • Is your dorm far from campus? Rent a locker at the school gym or student union to keep your formula so you can refuel in between classes and don’t have to go all the way back to your room.
  • Choose a formula that is sold in single-serving, travel  friendly packaging.  Powders in little pouches can easily be added to store-bought beverages while on campus or out with friends.

Examples include:

Periflex® LQ  is a ready-to-drink formula that provides 15g PE in a highly portable and easy-to-drink container for long days on campus.Back-to-School with Periflex LQ - TEENS

PKU Lophlex® LQ is a ready-to-drink formula that provides 20g PE in only 4.2 fl oz.  Quick and easy to drink down and get back to the book.

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PhenylAde 60®  is a low volume formula that mixes with only 3 fl oz of water for 10g of PE or any protein-free beverage you enjoy.

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Check out these simple on campus mixing ideas:

 

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Talk with your metabolic dietitian or clinic to find out which PKU formula from Nutricia may be right for you.  Always consult a healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your PKU diet plan.

Get Creative with PhenylAde GMP for PKU

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PhenylAde GMP Drink Mix is available in a great tasting neutral flavor (Original) or a mild vanilla flavor (Vanilla), but for people who like to get creative this formula can be turned into additional flavors.

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Simply mix serving (33.3 g) with 5 – 6 fl oz (150 mL – 180 mL) and then customize to your favorite flavor.

Here are some additional great tasting recipes featuring PhenylAde GMP Drink Mix.

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Some people may use this product as their main PKU formula or just as part of their PKU diet plan.

Talk to your metabolic healthcare professional to see if PhenylAde GMP Drink Mix is right for you or your child.

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 View other great product for the dietary management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) at www.medicalfood.com

 

NOTE:   *Always consult your metabolic dietitian or physcian prior to making any changes to your PKU diet plan and to see if PhenylAde GMP is right for you.

 

Making the Most of Your Meal

Satisfaction from food or a meal is something everyone wants. Although many foods may be restricted or limited on a low protein diet, you do not have to compromise taste. Selecting the  foods you eat involves a variety of factors. We choose foods based on taste and smell, in addition to texture, sight and culture.

To make the most of your meal, begin by identifying what you crave, like spicy, sweet, crunchy or salty. This will make your meal more satisfying.Here are some tips to help you make the most of your meal.

  • Spicy: Add seasonings that can add a kick. For example, add cracked pepper, crushed red pepper or hot sauce to steamed vegetables to give a familiar item a new twist.

  • Sweet & Tangy:  Satisfy your sweet and tangy craving with grilled pineapple topped with BBQ sauce on a low protein bun. You can also add mandarin oranges and Italian dressing to a garden salad for added flavor and tang.

  • Crunchy: With a little creativity you can add a snap to any dish. Make your own salad iStock_000015639017Mediumcroutons with low protein bread. Season them in a variety of ways by using garlic powder, cayenne pepper or Italian herbs depending on your personal desire for savory or spice. Another great way to add crunch is to include raw vegetables, like cucumbers or carrots slices to a salad or sandwich.

  • Salty: Salt is among the most popular taste craving. Although highly desired, salt is an ingredient to be used in moderation. A little bit goes a long way. To satisfy your craving for salt, try slicing fresh potatoes very thin and sprinkling with garlic and a touch of sea salt. Bake them until crisp for a satisfying addition to your meal or snack.  

  • Smooth and Creamy: Create your own creamy low protein dip with your favorite seasonings for a flavorful way to enjoy Low Protein Crackers or fresh cut vegetables. You can also include a sweet treat at the end of your meal to help satisfy your need for something smooth and creamy.