Trick or Treat? When your child is on a low protein diet for a rare inborn error of metabolism, such as PKU, MSUD, TYR or HCU, sometimes the tricks feel safer than the treats.
Halloween celebrations that center around candy, food and snacks– can be tough for kids on restricted diets (and tough for parents who want their children to full enjoy the festivities).
But it is possible to have fun AND stay on a low protein diet this Halloween. Check out a few tips, resources, and recipes to help you make it a healthy and happy Halloween.
- 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 so that he/she understands the importance of staying on diet and knows 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 he/she doesn’t feel left out (Check Out Maddy’s Sugar Cookie Mix)
- Consider having a “swap-party” where your child can swap candies he 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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The PKU Clinic at the University of Washington has some great sources. Check out their Halloween PKU Food List.
Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes
Surprise that special someone or treat yourself to a Halloween cupcake that will put smiles on faces. These cupcakes are great for home, work or school parties. They are low in protein but BIG on fun.
- 88 g (3/4 c.) Loprofin Baking Mix
- 1/4 c. white sugar
- 1 tsp. egg replacer
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 2.5 ounces of water
- 1/4 c. margarine
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 4 drops orange food coloring
- 1/2 c. white cream icing
- 20 candy corns
- Preheat Oven to 350° F
- Cream together margarine and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add Loprofin Baking Mix, egg replacer, and baking powder into the creamed mixture and mix well.
- Add water, vanilla extract and orange food coloring gradually, mix until smooth.
- Place tablespoons into small paper cups and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Let cool on a baking rack.
- Decorate with icing and 2 candy corns per treat.
|Nutritional Information||Per serving||Per recipe|
|Protein||0.1 g||1.1 g|
|Phenylalanine||3 mg||30 mg|
|Leucine||6 mg||60 mg|