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Loprofin Baking Mix – A versatile low protein baking mix

Loprofin Mix is an all‐purpose, low protein baking mix, great for cooking and home‐made pastries. A packet of yeast is provided in each box, making baking easy, especially bread. Nutricia also offers Loprofin Chocolate Cake Mix, great for any chocolate cake or muffin recipe. Tasty recipes, such as breads, naan, cupcakes, gingerbread and many more can be found here!

Loprofin Mix is a great substitute for Wel‐Plan Baking Mix, which is unfortunately no longer available. Several low protein expert chefs shared that they substitute Wel‐Plan Baking Mix with Loprofin Mix at a 1:1 ratio. For example, if a recipe asks for one cup of Wel‐Plan, you would use one cup of Loprofin Mix. We have also test‐baked a few low protein bread recipes from “Apples to Zucchini”, a cookbook by Virginia Schuett and Dorothy Corry, and confirmed that Wel‐Plan can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio with Loprofin Mix for many bread recipes. Check out these recipes with Loprofin Mix that work for making bread – with or without a bread machine!

Many of you relied on Maddy’s Homestyle baking mixes as convenient, quick mixes. We developed recipes where you can use the Loprofin Mix to make the same baked goods. New Loprofin recipes such as,  sugar cookies, banana bread and blueberry muffin, to list just a few can be found here.

Look out for our future blogs on holiday cooking and baking, as well as making the low protein kitchen convenient, quick and tasty!

Happy Baking!

Tips for a Low Pro Friendly Thanksgiving

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The holidays can be an exciting time of year. However, they can be a bit challenging for someone on a restricted diet as most festivities center around food. This blog focuses on tips for managing a restricted diet during the holiday season.

The most important thing to do is plan ahead.  The more you know in advance, the better you can plan.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • 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 while away 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 is to plan the menu in advance.  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 low-protein 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 is a simple recipe for a popular dish with small changes to lower the protein content – this dish is sure to become a family staple at your holiday meal:

 

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

Per Recipe:

700 calories

13.8 g protein

709 mg leucine

499 mg phenylalanine

337 mg tyrosine

 

Per Serving:

100 Calories

2 g protein

101 mg leucine

71 mg phenylalanine

48 mg tyrosine

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

 

Easy Pumpkin Pudding (recipe developed by Sarah Marshall)

 

1 fluid ounces            Water

7 fluid ounces             Coconut Milk (full fat, canned coconut milk required to get pudding-like consistency)

6  each                        Whole pistachios (for flavor – to be strained out later)

½ tablespoon             Brown sugar

¼ teaspoon                Pumpkin pie spice (or blend cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg)

½ teaspoon                Vanilla flavoring

½ cup                          Loprofin Rice

 

 

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 oz water & 7 oz coconut milk and 6 pistachios.
  2. Bring to a boil. Immediately when it begins boiling, add brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  3. Add Loprofin Rice. Stir. Cover and lower heat to simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  4. Once rice is cooked remove pistachio pieces.
  5. Serve warm or cold.

 

Makes 2 servings

 

Per Recipe

534 calories

4.1 g protein

306 mg leucine

207 mg phenylalanine

124 mg tyrosine

 

Per Serving

267 calories

2 g protein

153 mg leucine

104 mg phenylalanine

62 mg tyrosine

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 a checkers tournament.

Happy Thanksgiving from

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Tips for a Low Protein Friendly Halloween

Trick or Treat?

For children with an inborn error of  metabolism, Halloween celebrations can be tough since protein-containing candy and snacks tend to be the classic party staples. Additionally, these celebrations can be scary on parents as they want their children to fully enjoy in the festivities while maintaining their dietary restrictions.

Here are a few tips, resources, and recipes to help make Halloween fun while staying on a diet low in intact protein:

First:

  • Speak with teachers or other parents about what your child can and cannot have at Halloween parties or school

  • Also 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

Now to the Fun Stuff:

  • Get creative with Halloween 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

  • Supply low-protein treats for your child’s Halloween parties and festivities so he/she has something to enjoy and doesn’t feel left out – View Halloween Cupcake Recipe

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

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

Post Your Formula ‘Dressed-Up’ for Halloween and TAG Nutricia! 

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Halloween Low Protein Cupcakes

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Surprise a special someone or treat yourself to a Halloween cupcake. These cupcakes are made with Loprofin Baking Mix. They are easy to make and great for at home, work or parties.

 

Makes 10 cupcakes

 

Ingredients

  • 88 g (3/4 cup ) Loprofin Baking Mix
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon egg replacer
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 ounces of water
  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 drops orange food coloring
  • 1/2 cup white frosting
  • 20 candy corns

 

Method:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C)
  2. Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. Add Loprofin Baking Mix, egg replacer, and baking powder into the creamed mixture and mix well
  4. Add water, vanilla extract and orange food coloring gradually, mix until smooth
  5. Spoon batter into paper cups filling each cup about 2/3 full and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes
  6. Let cool on a baking rack
  7. Decorate with frosting and candy corn
Nutritional Information Per Cupcake
Calories 155
Protein 0.1 g
Phenylalanine 4 mg
Leucine 7 mg

 

Note:  Any additional frosting or decorations may add additional protein, phenylalanine, leucine or calories, be sure to read labels and account for any topping or decorations.

All Nutricia products shown are for the dietary management  of inborn errors of metabolism and must be used under  medical supervision. Please consult your metabolic healthcare professionals prior to making any changes to your diet.

PKU is Diet-for-Life

 

Now is a great time to re-commit to better PKU diet management. Nutricia has a team of professionals who can assist you, or your loved one, get back on-diet.

Our help includes personalized support ranging from finding the right PKU formula, to resetting your low protein kitchen, and more. Our Diet-For-Life Care Coordinator can also lend an extra helping hand.

In addition, Nutricia can review your insurance and answer any questions you may have about formula coverage. Schedule a one-on-one insurance review today. Coverage@Nutricia.com

You can do it. You are not alone!

You can do it – and Nutricia is here to help. 

Nutricia can:

• Help you learn about new PKU formula options
• Provide more information about PKU and returning to diet
• Connect you with a metabolic clinic or a return to diet specialist
• Review your insurance plan for PKU formula coverage
• Share recipes and low protein cooking tips

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Don’t Wait Any Longer!

DietforLife@Nutricia.com or call 800-605-0410

NOTE: All PKU formulas must be used under medical supervision. Always consult your metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your PKU diet plan.


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.

Make PKU Formula Part of Your Daily Routine

If you have Phenylketonuria (PKU), then you know….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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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.

Low Protein Summer Salads

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

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

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Plan Ahead for a Memorable Holiday

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. iStock_000015639017Medium

  • 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.

    Main Dishes

  • 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

Happy Holidays from

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Teen & Adult PKU “Diet-for-Life” Conference

Teen & Adult

 November 11-13, 2016  –    Harrisburg, PA

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Deadline to Register:   November 7, 2016

Join together for a weekend of of fun, learning and new friendships.  This event is recommended for those currently on-diet or wanting to get back to the PKU diet.  

The weekend will focus on learning more about PKU and improving diet management skills.  

Plus…a fun trip to Hersheypark!   

 

AGENDA

 

Friday, November 11, 2016   

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 DietDr. Mitzi Grant, Drexel University
  • The Simplified PKU Diet Kayt Marra, MA, RD, CDM, CCRP, University of Albany
  • Communication and Personal AdvocacySharon Ernst, MPH, RD, CSP, FAND, Linda Leuffgan, RD & Rachel Flar, Reimbursement Specialist

LUNCH BREAK

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!

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Don’t Wait:  BOOK YOUR ROOM NOW!

 

Budget Friendly:   The Econo Lodge Harrisburg/Hershey 

1006 Briarsdale Road, Harrisburg, PA, 17111 (about $64 – $75 per night)

Conference Venue:   The Central Hotel Harrisburg/Hershey 

800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg, PA, USA 17111                      Phone:  (717) 545-9595  (about $150 per night)

 The Hampton Inn, Harrisburg East (Hershey Area) – 1/4 mile from Conference Venue

4230 Union Deposit Rd, Harrisburg, PA 17111                             Phone:  (800) 644-3144 (about $130 per night)

Questions?   Contact Sandy.Simons@nutricia.com

Does your child love low protein pasta?

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.

Soup 

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.   311You 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.

Veggie Noodles 

Bulk up your Low Protein Spaghetti by mixing 278with 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 Vegetable Curryboth 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.

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Order Loprofin Low Protein Pasta online at medicalfood.com

 

Written by Sandy Simons, MA, RD, CHES