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.
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.
Post Your Formula ‘Dressed-Up’ for Halloween and TAG Nutricia!
Our friends at HowMuchPHE.org have put together a great source to view the Protein and PHE content for common Halloween treats.*
Jack O’Lantern Cupcakes
Surprise 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.
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
- Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease bottom of cupcake tin.
- Stir cake mix, water and oil in a large bowl.
- Pour into 12 cupcake servings
- Bake for 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan.
- Cool completely before frosting into your spooky treat.
Must be used under strict medical supervision. Not intended as the sole source of nutrition. Not suitable for wheat-free diets.
Makes 12 Cupcakes
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.