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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 14 years and is often seen at patient events around the country.
The 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.
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
Boil potato and parsnip in a large pot until they begin to soften.
Add cauliflower and continue to cook until soft and tender.
Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
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
In a large bowl, combine Maddy’s® Homestyle Sugar Cookie Mix and margarine .
Blend until mixture is fully combined (resembles coarse crumbles)
In a second large bowl, combine all other ingredients.Stir.
Place apple mixture into a greased 9 x 12 inch pan.
Spoon cookie mixture over top of apples, evenly.
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.
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 croutons 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 Crackersor 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.
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
The holiday season is full of fun, friends and family time. It can also be challenging to those following a special diet, but with advance planning you can enjoy the festivities without overindulging.
Don’t forget your formula! Plan to have it between meals or drink before a meal to help prevent exceeding your prescribed diet.
Make a Plan. Check out your food options before filling your plate. Make sure not to go over your daily natural protein allowance.
Bring a dish. If you are going to have the holiday meal at a friend’s or relative’s home, bring a low protein friendly dish everyone can enjoy. This way you will be certain to have food you like, but also share with others.
Below are some suggestions and tips for creating a holiday menu that will help you to stay within your recommended protein intake.
Soups & Appetizers
Start with a variety of fresh raw vegetable crudités with a low protein dip or salsa.
Be sure soups are vegetable based and do not include hidden animal protein or dairy.
Oven roast a variety of vegetables tossed with olive oil and garlic or other low protein seasonings for a flavorful side dish that everyone can enjoy.
Serve steamed vegetables with sauce on the side. This will allow you to choose how much, if any sauce, to add.
Make some minor changes to some old favorites. Reduce the protein content of mashed potatoes by blending potato with parsnip, cauliflower, non-dairy creamer and dairy-free margarine for that real mashed potato taste with less total protein. View Recipe
Low protein stuffing is easily made by substituting cubed low protein bread as your main ingredient. Use vegetable broth and dairy-free margarine for moisture. Add celery, onions, diced apples and your favorite seasonings for a delicious combination.
Save Room for Dessert
There are many delicious desserts that can take center stage after the meal. Try the following:
Home-made holiday cookies. Cookies can be the focus of a family activity. Bake Maddy’s Homestyle Sugar Cookies in advance either as drop cookies or rolled and cut into holiday shapes.
Purchase a variety of low protein frosting and sprinkles (choose holiday shapes and colors) and let everyone take part in the decorating fun.
For a special dessert, check out our low protein Holiday Cake. This delicious dessert tastes as good as it looks and will be a treat everyone can enjoy. View Recipe Here
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Registration with Vendor Booths
Saturday, November 12, 2016
8:30 am – 4:00 pm – Teen & Adult Focused Education Sessions
The Science Behind Staying on Diet – Dr. Mitzi Grant, Drexel University
The Simplified PKU Diet – Kayt Marra, MA, RD, CDM, CCRP, University of Albany
Communication and Personal Advocacy – Sharon Ernst, MPH, RD, CSP, FAND, Linda Leuffgan, RD & Rachel Flar, Reimbursement Specialist
BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Attend 3 Sessions)
Contemporary Issues for Adults with PKU
Life On Campus for Teens & Young Adults with PKU
Meal Planning and Healthy Eating
Finding Low Protein Foods at Your Local Supermarket
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Trip to Hersheypark for Dinner & Rides!(optional)
Sunday, November 13, 2016
8:30 am – 12:00 pm – Low Protein Cooking Workshop
Spend the morning in small groups learning new low protein recipes and simple techniques for preparing delicious low protein meals in minutes. Rotate through a variety of stations, each with a personal recipe guide and tasting! This workshop is going to be unique and delicious!
My child would eat pasta every day, every meal if I let him. It is great he found a food he enjoys, but I want my son to eat more vegetables and other healthy foods that provide fiber and other nutrients.
Here are some ideas to feed your child’s low protein pasta cravings, but to make your low protein pasta last longer and provide more dietary variety.
Dicing carrots and celery (the smaller the better for young kids) and simmering in a vegetable broth with low protein pasta added is a low pro and filling lunch or dinner. You can use Loprofin Animal Pasta, Rice, or broken Spaghetti to keep it new and exciting. Fresh dill adds a great ‘soup’ flavor and expand your child’s taste palate.
Bulk up your Low Protein Spaghetti by mixing with Zucchini or Yellow Squash noodles. With a spiral vegetable slicer this only takes minutes and can really satisfy a bigger appetite.
Spicy Vegetables over Low Pro Rice Pasta
You can do so many different meals with fresh or frozen cauliflower and carrots, which are both naturally quite low in protein. Often, people on a low protein diet enjoy spice. Check out this recipe for Indian Curry with Loprofin Rice.
Dish it out slow
I often serve my son a small amount of pasta, which he gobbles up. Then ask him to eat 3-4 bites of the vegetables on his plate. Once done I serve another small portion of pasta and repeat. All children are motivated differently, but that love of pasta usually is an incentive to eat more veggies at meal time.
Roll it up
Kids love to eat with their hands (or at least my son does). Use Loprofin Lasagna to make a salad roll-up or other roll-up filled with veggies. Try filling a pasta roll-up with a blend of mashed potato and mashed cauliflower for a yummy kid friendly dinner entree.
If you are planning a flying vacation, before you book, contact your airline’s customer service department to notify them of your travel requirements as soon as you can. Airline policies regarding travelling with metabolic formula will differ so it is worth checking with a customer service representative before you arrive at the airport.
Airplane food is generally not PKU or low protein diet-friendly so you may need to pack (or purchase prior to boarding) any food or snacks you think you might need during the flight.
If you are booking an international flight you will need to order a special meal. Please note that even meals listed as low-protein or vegetarian/vegan may not be low enough in protein for the PKU diet, so explain your dietary requirements clearly.
Always take a travel letter from your clinic explaining your medical condition, especially for international travel
Always pack extra PKU or metabolic formula in your carry-on bag in case of delays
Do not mix PKU or metabolic formula powders with liquid until you go past the security screening checkpoint
Keep your PKU or metabolic formula in its original sealed containers (packages, cans or sachets)
Take a copy of your child’s diet prescription with you
Take plenty of snacks for the flight
Useful PKU Traveler’s Tip
It may be useful to switch to a powdered PKU or metabolic formula when travelling abroad, to reduce your overall luggage weight. However, ready-to-drink pouches that don’t require mixing are also particularly convenient when traveling. Contact your dietitian for more information on these options
If you are traveling overseas, ask your metabolic healthcare professional team for information on where low-protein food supplies can be obtained in your destination country
If you are shipping your PKU or metabolic formula or food to a hotel prior to your arrival, be sure to label the box clearly with your name and arrival date on the package. Call and alert the hotel that a shipment will be arriving for you.
*Reference Source: My PKU Binder. National PKU Alliance. Chapter 11: Traveling, Page 88-89.