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Upcycling Nutricia Cans

Wait, wait! Don’t throw out your formula can yet!

You can reuse your Nutricia Metabolics formula cans for arts & crafts and more! First, fully clean out the can. Second, follow our easy and fun tips below.

Be sure to clean your cans out thoroughly before reusing them. We recommend wiping out the cans with a damp towel. Let them sit out until they are 100% dry. You’re ready to give them a new life!

Pot for Flowers and Plants

Decorate the outside of the Nutricia can and carefully poke a hole at the bottom of the can to allow for drainage. Fill with potting soil and plant flower seeds or re-pot another plant.

Musical Instruments

Interested in crafting a set of maracas or drums? Take the plastic lid from the can and grab a pair of sturdy sticks and start drumming right away! You can also make a maraca out of Nutricia cans by adding beans or pebbles for a neat sound effect.

Piggy Banks

Turn an empty Nutricia formula can into a cute piggy bank for your child or even for yourself! Paste pictures of your kids onto the outside, and then use a box cutter to create a small rectangular cutout in the plastic lid. Then, start saving!

Decorative Storage

Use old Nutricia cans to hold toys such as building blocks, marbles, or toy cars. You can also reuse formula cans to keep your scrapbooking or craft items in one place.

Re-used Nutricia cans make great storage containers for buttons, ribbons, safety pins, beads and other small items you have lying around. You can even print out pictures of these and then use them to decorate the outside of the can. Customize the outside of the can with printed pictures of what’s stored inside.

Holiday or Birthday Gift Basket

Paint the outside of the Nutricia can for the holiday season or someone’s birthday, and fill with treats, holiday goodies or a personal gift. Think about attaching a handle for easy carrying.

And More: playsets, headband organizers, teacher gifts!

Re-used cans are able to be repurposed into so many crafts and activities for your family. If you have used your Nutricia packaging in a creative way, comment below. We would love to learn from you!

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Get Creative with PhenylAde™ 60

Looking for different ways to mix your PhenylAde® 60 Drink Mix?   Here are three quick and easy ways to add variety to your day to fight formula fatigue.

Check out these great, 1-step recipes featuring PhenylAde 60.




Looking to sample PhenylAde 60 Drink Mix or another formula from Nutricia North America?


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PhenylAde GMP 60 is a medical food for the dietary management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) and must be used under medical supervision.

© 2020 Nutricia North America

My PKU Activity Book

Hello! We hope everyone is safe and well. Staying home with school aged children is not always easy. To help provide an educational activity, we are proud to share a printable copy of My PKU Coloring Book.

This activity book is full of fun and educational coloring pages, word searches and other games to keep your school-aged child and their siblings engaged and learning about Phenylketonuria (PKU).

Examples from My PKU Activity Book:










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© 2020 Nutricia North America

A message from our CEO at Nutricia North America on COVID-19

March 13, 2020

Dear Nutricia Customers and Community,

At Nutricia, we know that our customers, patients, and their families rely on our medical foods every day. The health and safety of our customers and patients have always been our highest priority. As the COVID- 19 situation continues to evolve, our commitment to supply, quality, and services to you has never been stronger.

I would like to share some of the actions we are taking in the US to continue to deliver on our commitment and provide the very best care.

Production Capability and Supply. We carry several months’ worth of products here in the United States. Our company has confirmed and secured supply of ingredients to provide continuity of on-going manufacturing.

As part of the Danone company, one of the largest food companies in the world, our products are manufactured in the US, UK, and the European Union. Supply has not been affected from any of these locations. Although there are travel restrictions for individuals from Europe, this does not apply to the free flow of commerce and goods, as clarified by the Department of Homeland Security on March 11, 2020.

High Product Safety & Quality Standards. As a global leader in medical nutrition, we operate at the highest level of quality and food safety standards. All our facilities operate at standards beyond the requirements of any country and are regularly FDA inspected. We continue to monitor the situation closely and have been implementing additional precautions as necessary.

Continuity of Service. Considering the current environment, we are taking steps to protect the health and safety of our employees while also maintaining a high level of continued service to our customers. We’ve taken actions to promote flexible work arrangements and our highly dedicated team will continue to support you in every way. Our customer service team is ready to help you. They can be reached at 1-800- 365-7354.

All of us at Nutricia understand this is a stressful time for everyone. You can count on us to continue to provide the best care for you.


Robert Schnurr CEO, Nutricia North America

Tips for Dining Out on a Low Protein Diet

Dining out can seem tough on a low protein diet, but it’s not impossible. Here are some helpful tips for going out, including what to look out for and how to prepare for a fun time on the town.

Plan ahead as much as possible
If you can, view the menu online ahead of time. Call the restaurant to ask any questions you have. They may even allow you to bring low protein products from home so the kitchen can make a special dish.

Try to leave enough protein allowance
For yourself or your loved one on a low protein diet, try to leave enough protein allowance for your meal. Track breakfast and lunch so that you know how much is left for dinner at a restaurant.

Pro tip: ingredient card
Create a card that lists the foods you or your loved one must avoid, and give it to your server or share with the kitchen staff. Consider listing meat, fish, cheese, eggs, beans, soy products like tofu, seeds, and nuts.

Ask questions and be aware of “hidden protein”

Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what’s on the menu. In recent years, many restaurants have become used to questions about ingredients and dish preparation. You always want to know what’s in your food.

Also, be sure to avoid “hidden protein.” This is when an ingredient contains a high-protein element but often the name does not say it. An example is Caesar Salad Dressing, which often contains anchovies, although you would not know that from the dressing’s name.

FYI: The following ingredients may contain high protein foods:

*Phenylalanine is important for those with Phenylketonuria (PKU) and Tyrosinemia (TYR) to track.

If you or your loved one has PKU, we have these tips printed on our Dining Out with PKU education guide. Download your copy in English or Spanish on our Learning Center page.

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Kristin Rapp: Running on Inspiration

12 marathons, 19 half marathons, 100-mile bike rides, and triathlons: Kristin Rapp’s athletic achievements are impressive. What’s more is that Kristin has Homocystinuria (HCU) and manages the low protein diet while training.

How does she do it? What keeps her motivated? We sat down with Kristin to answer this and more.

Kristin was diagnosed with HCU as an infant, and she has successfully managed the condition into adulthood. Kristin currently lives in the Washington, D.C., area. Besides running, Kristin spends her free time acting as Treasurer of HCU Network America, a leading HCU patient group in the U.S.

When it comes to running, Kristin first started in 2006 at a race event in Philadelphia.

“I was active in sports in school and college, so I was interested in giving [running] a try. I started training, and it felt so wonderful after the finish!

Kristin kept at it. Then, a big turning point came in 2011: “I met someone else with HCU for the very first time,” says Kristin, describing the first national HCU Conference in Colorado.

It was a moving experience for her as she realized that other people with HCU had significant challenges due to the disorder. It got her thinking about how she could further connect to the HCU community.

“I thought I could combine my passion for running with fundraising and inspiring others with HCU.”

What started as a thought has turned into a successful passion project: Kristin started training with a rare disease running and fundraising team, she started a blog about running and HCU, and she completed elite marathons in New York, Boston, and D.C., among other places.

How does she stay motivated mile after mile? Kristin is fueled by the community:

It’s an amazing motivator, and you can tell that thinking about and being inspired by the HCU community is one of the most important parts of Kristin’s race preparation.

As for diet and training, Kristin is used to running and managing the low protein diet after her many years of experience. Some of Kristin’s favorite foods for fuel are bananas and low protein pastas.

Want to read more about nutrition and sports training for athletes with disorders of amino acid metabolism? Check out our introductory sports series on our blog.

For aspiring runners and marathoners with inborn errors or metabolism like HCU, Kristin is cheering them on:

“Talk with your metabolic clinic. Don’t feel limited. There are other young adults who are athletic in the HCU community. We share info on preparing for races.”

As for what’s next for Kristin, she has plans to run the Berlin, Germany, marathon in 2020! Also, she raised $10,000 during 2019 for HCU research and plans to continue fundraising for HCU.

While her race medals are impressive, what’s most inspiring is her commitment to the community. Go, Kristin, go!

Always consult your metabolic healthcare professionals before making any changes to diet and exercise routines.

If you are an aspiring runner with an inborn error of metabolism such as HCU and are looking for a peer to connect with, Kristin is happy to connect. Contact her at

For more on Kristin, visit her blog on running and HCU.

To learn more about Nutricia’s products for HCU, visit us at

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PKU & Pregnancy – 3rd Trimester

When you reach your third trimester (after 26 weeks) you are now in the final countdown. With only 3 months to go, you will notice significant changes in your body and PKU diet. For some, your permitted protein intake may increase. Continue to be in close contact with your metabolic clinic.

If you are not in your 3rd trimester and wish to learn more about the other stages of pregnancy, here are links in our series on PKU & Pregnancy:

PKU & Pregnancy – Preconception

PKU & Pregnancy – 1st Trimester

PKU & Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester

In the 3rd trimester, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, you will have gained roughly 11-40 pounds by the end of your pregnancy.  From now until birth, your baby will grow from the size of a large butternut squash to a small watermelon. Continue to work closely with your metabolic clinic as only your clinic can provide the best guidance for you and your baby.

Now you are getting closer to the exciting day.  As your baby grows you may experience some discomfort such as reflux, heartburn or feeling full quickly when eating.

If heartburn strikes, here are some tips to help:

  • Avoid foods that may increase risk of heartburn, such as caffeine, peppermint, spearmint, soda, spicy or acidic foods
  • Avoid eating large meals; try small frequent meals spread throughout the day
  • Limit meals close to bed time
  • Sleep with you head at an elevated angle
  • Consider a ginger candy or herbal tea

If you have difficulty consuming your formula, here are some tips to help:

  • Divide your current PKU formula into small frequent portions throughout the day
  • Ask your metabolic dietitian if a lower volume PKU formula is appropriate for you
  • Drink your formula before or between meals to be sure you are consuming your full recommended amount

You are almost there – Stay on Diet!

You have been working hard on maintaining your PKU diet.  It is important to stay on diet once you baby arrives, but it may be difficult with the demands of a newborn.   Now is the time to begin discussing a plan with your metabolic clinic and family to remain in control of your phenylalanine (PHE) levels once they baby arrives.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Teach your significant other, family or friends how to prepare your formula (the way you like it) so they can help in the first few weeks.
  • Share your favorite low-PHE recipes with family and friends so they can prepare some meals for you.
  • As you begin preparing for the baby cook some low-PHE meals and freeze for easy reheating once the baby arrives.
  • Write shopping lists for friends and family so they know what fruits, vegetables and other items to pick-up for you.

REMINDER –  Keep Sending in Blood Spots!

Request a Nutricia Maternal PKU Starter Kit for more helpful tips and tools to help get you ready for this special time in life.

All products shown are medical foods are for the dietary management of Phenylketonuria (PKU) and must be used under medical supervision.  Please consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes to your PKU diet.

©2020 – Nutricia North America

PKU & Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester

Week 13 through 26 is considered the second trimester of your pregnancy.

View PKU & Pregnancy – Preconception Blog Here

View PKU & Pregnancy – 1st Trimester Blog Here

During this time, you will continue to work closely with your clinic as only they can provide the best guidance for you and your baby

In the 2nd trimester, depending on your pre-pregnancy weight, you will now start gaining about 0.5 – 1 pound per week. During this time period your baby will grow from the size of peach to about the size of an acorn squash.

In the 2nd trimester you may notice the return of your appetite and a desire to eat more. It is still extremely important to keep your phenylalanine (PHE) levels in control, so be sure to continue to work closely with your metabolic dietitian and have a meal plan in place.

If hunger strikes go for your formula first!

You may also benefit from preparing portioned out low-PHE snacks for the week. This may help reduce temptations to grab foods which are not a part of your meal plan when you find yourself hungry and craving a snack.

Here are some pre-portioned low-PHE snack ideas:

  • Make single-serve bags of low protein pretzels, popcorn and cereal
    • Consider gluten-free items*
  • Cut up fresh fruit or fresh pressed fruit snacks
  • Sliced vegetables; such as cucumbers, peppers, zucchini, etc.
  • Portioned out bite-size veggies; such as baby carrots, cherry or grape tomatoes
  • Bake and freeze low protein bread, biscuits, muffins, cookies and more – find recipes here
  • Prepare your favorite low-PHE soup recipes in bulk and freeze in single-serve units – find recipes here


During this trimester you MAY have an increase in your daily PHE tolerance, which means increased food options. Your metabolic dietitian will work closely with you and monitor your blood PHE, but remember PKU formula is still your main source of PKU-friendly protein for both you and your rapidly growing baby.

**Important!** Be sure to read labels and check serving sizes when planning your snacks. PHE content of foods can vary by brand. Remember that not all foods that are gluten-free are low in protein. For more information on finding the PHE content in commons foods, check out  

Request a Nutricia Maternal PKU Starter Kit for more helpful tips and tools to help get you ready for this special time in life.

All products shown are medical foods are for the dietary management of Phenylketonuria
(PKU) and must be used under medical supervision. Please consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes to your PKU diet.

© 2019 – Nutricia North America

Happy New Year!

The start of a new year is a great time to re-commit to better diet management.

Improving your metabolic diet is different for everyone. It can range from calling your clinic for the first time in years to making simple improvements such as:

  • Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Drinking the full amount of formula
  • Finding a formula you enjoy drinking
  • Sending in blood spots more frequently
  • Trying new low protein recipes

Nutricia is proud to offer support services to help you achieve some of your dietary goals.

Our Nutricia Connect™ program is here to provide support at various stages of life’s journey.  We offer an array of low protein recipes, educational tips and resources, and a team of professionals who can assist you or your loved one to get back on-diet.

Additionally, Nutricia’s team of formula coverage specialists can review your insurance and answer any questions you may have about formula coverage.

Connect with them today by emailing or by calling 1-800-605-0410.

Improve Your Metabolic Diet Today

About Us:

Nutricia Metabolics provides a variety of formula options for inborn errors of metabolism, including Phenylketonuria (PKU), Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD), Tyrosinemia (TYR), Homocystinuria (HCU), Urea Cycle Disorders (UCD), Glutaric Aciduria Type-1 (GA-1), Isovaleric Acidemia (IVA), Propionic Acidemia (PA), Methylmalonic Acidemia (MMA) and Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders (FAODs). Learn more at

NOTE: All Nutricia Metabolics products are medical foods and must be used under medical supervision. Always consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your metabolic diet plan.

Sports Nutrition Basics for Active Individuals with Disorders of Amino Acid Metabolism – Part 2

We talked about general topics of sports nutrition in our last blog — let’s now discuss what is important BEFORE, DURING and AFTER exercise for people with an inborn error of amino acid metabolism such as Phenylketonuria (PKU), Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) or Homocystinuria (HCU).

Before getting started, it is important to know that you should always talk to your metabolic healthcare team before changing any exercise or diet routine. The information here is not meant to take the place of professional medical advice.

HYDRATION: Drink water before, during and after physical activity to stay hydrated

When our body temperature increases through exercise, we tend to sweat more and lose electrolytes. This can lead to dehydration and negative health effects.

Don’t just trust your thirst but have a regular schedule for drinking water. Start hydrating before exercise. The intensity of your exercise will determine how much you should drink before, during and after exercise. Your dietitian will guide you.

For those with PKU and Tyrosinemia (TYR), remember to choose drinks that are aspartame‐free as this artificial sweetener contains phenylalanine (PHE).

Nutrition BEFORE exercise: It’s all about the fuel

Nutricia makes Loprofin pastas that can be turned into tasty high-carbohydrate meals!

Start well‐fueled. For most athletes that means a carbohydrate‐containing meal and some protein (from metabolic formula and food) a few hours before exercise.

Not providing enough calories for sports can be problematic for people with a disorder of amino acid metabolism. The body could start breaking down body protein, and toxic substances might increase in the body.

Low protein pasta dishes are excellent choices for high‐carbohydrate meals; low protein baked goods are also great, delicious options. Check out our recipe ideas.

Metabolic formula provides a safe, appropriate source of protein, and a certain amount of formula (as recommended by your dietitian) should be used a few hours before exercise as part of a regular meal pattern. Think about making a smoothie with formula to give you some extra calories. Certain metabolic formulas also provide carbohydrates, so check with your dietitian about which options are best for you.

If a light snack is needed shortly before starting exercise, consider low protein crackers, fruits, a low protein snack bar or So Delicious® coconut milk yogurt alternative*.

Nutrition DURING exercise: Keep it going!

Hydration is key of course, and some people might also benefit from appropriate snacks with long‐term, high intensity exercise. Fruit juices or carb gels may be good options as they provide carbohydrates and some calories for energy. Your dietitian may also recommend a sports drink depending on your needs.

Nutrition AFTER exercise: And now about recovery

After exercise or sports, it is important to refuel—and that can be done with metabolic formula and food. Formula can provide an immediate boost of protein and other nutrients. Calories are needed to keep your body from breaking down too much body protein from muscles, which could result in an increase of toxic substances and be harmful to your health. For some people, it might be best to have a snack right after exercise.

Once you are home, have a proper meal such as: low protein pasta, a low protein sandwich, veggie chili or a fruit smoothie made with metabolic formula.

When it comes to metabolic formula, Nutricia offers a variety of options to choose from to meet your protein needs! Ready‐to‐drink products such as PhenylAde® GMP Ready and Periflex® LQ (for those with PKU) or Lophlex® LQ (available for those with PKU, HCU, TYR and MSUD) are great options to carry with you to practice or a game. Put them in a lunch bag to keep them cool if you like.

PKU PhenylAde GMP Mix‐In is a super‐convenient option to add straight into a sports drink after your game. Nutricia offers a Mix‐In product for the Tyrosinemia community as well called TYR Lophlex GMP Mix‐In.

We also offer formulas that provide more calories if that is what you need. Check out our options, and talk to your dietitian about which one is best for you.

Talk to your clinic about which Nutricia formulas may be suitable for you or your loved one’s sports and fitness needs.

We hope you or your loved one can find inspiration to explore more sports and fitness opportunities! Check out our Facebook page and share what exercise, sports, and activities you and your family do.

All products shown are medical foods for the dietary management of inborn errors of metabolism and must be used under medical supervision.

Always talk your metabolic healthcare professionals before making any changes to your activity or diet routine.

*So Delicious® coconut milk yogurt alternative is an affiliated Danone brand.
© Nutricia North America 2019

Written by: Ulrike Reichert, MS, Director Medical Affairs Keto/Metabolics Nutricia North America