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PKU Lunch Tips for Back-to-School

katieby – Katie Maquire, Adult with PKU – guest blogger

I don’t know about you, but it was pretty stressful for my parents sending me off to school in September knowing that I would be making many food choices on my own without them present.

back-to-school-imageALL children should learn to make healthy food choices. Children with PKU are no different. Learning to eat low protein and healthy can begin at a young age when you are grocery shopping or prepping food together in the kitchen.

PKU Friendly Lunch Tips for Back-to-School:

  • Pack lunch in fun, colorful containers in all different sizes.

  • Use an insulated lunch tote with ice packs to keep food and formula cool.

  • Make lunch colorful with a small amount of different veggies, such as baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow peppers, etc.

  • Prepare, weigh and measure food ahead of time to speed up mornings.

  • Involve your child in shopping, prepping and weighing their own lunch.iStock_000015639017Medium

  • Give your child a low protein “surprise” snack, like Maddy’s Low Protein Sugar Cookies.

  • Write a special good job note or include a sticker 2-3 times a week.

  • Send formula in a fun re-usable drink container or sports bottle.

  • Plan ahead with a 5-day menu to ease grocery shopping and food prep.

  • Try a Ready-To-Drink PKU formula if unable to mix formula at school.*

Katie Maguire is an adult with PKU.  She is currently a second grade school teacher.

*Important:  You must consult a metabolic healthcare professional prior to making any changes in your child’s PKU diet plan.

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