The holiday season is full of fun, friends and family time. It can also be challenging to those following a low protein food 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
Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the #NutriciaMetabolics #Pushups4PKU challenge, which ended on National PKU Awareness Day, December 3rd, 2016.
Nutricia North America is proud to have been a part of a movement to help raise awareness of PKU and raise funds to support NPKUA and CanPKU.
The outpouring of support from the community has been amazing! There are so many wonderful videos from families, school classes, sports teams, colleagues, fitness classes, kindergarten classes, metabolic clinics, healthcare professionals and friends that have truly touched us. We thank everyone who took part and shared their dedication and support for those affected by PKU.
We are proud to announce that we exceeded our initial goal and cap of 600 push-up participants from all over the world. We’ve had:
over 100 videos shared on Instagram
over 300 videos posted on Facebook
over 100 videos posted directly onto our Facebook page
over 10,000 reach of likes, shares and comments
We couldn’t have done without your support.
We are pleased to be able to donate this shared amount of $3,000 in total to NPKUA and CanPKU.
Thank you to all for your push-ups in support of PKU.
If you would like to make a donation to either NPKUA or CanPKU, simply click the logos below:
Patricia Lorente is a mother of a child with PKU and a writer from Spain. She has written and published Jam Sandwiches with the help of Nutricia Laboratories in Spain to help raise awareness of PKU and create a dialogue around this rare metabolic disorder.
Books cost 7 euros and one euro from each book will be donated to The PKU Association of Madrid, ASFEMA. The book, originally written in Spanish, has been translated into English.
For more information and to order a copy please visit:
Nutricia North America is once again proud to support the National PKU Alliance (NPKUA) and Canadian PKU and Allied Disorders Inc. (CanPKU) by sponsoring the annual Push-Ups for PKU Challengeto help raise PKU awareness and money for PKU research.
From November 3rd through National PKU Awareness Day on December 3rd, 2016, Nutricia North America will donate $5 for each video of a person or group of people doing at least 5 push-ups in support for PKU.
Get involved and challenge your friends to help spread the message of PKU Awareness!
To have your push-up video counted for a donation* be sure to post with both hashtags:
Anyone can do it! You can do the push-ups on your knees, on your toes, or even against a wall. You can even lift a can of formula in the air 5 times or get creative otherwise. So don’t delay, do your push-ups today!
You can also donate directly to these non-profit PKU organizations to help support PKU Awareness:
Nutricia does not assume and it hereby expressly disclaims any and all liability to any person or entity for any claims, damages, liability or other loss in connection with this contest. In no event shall Nutricia be liable to any person or entity for any direct, special, exemplary, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages of any kind or nature whatsoever (including, without limitation, any liability for injury or other damage related in any way to participation in this contest directly or indirectly) whether in an action based on contract, warranty, strict liability, tort (including, without limitation, negligence) or otherwise, even if Nutricia has been informed in advance of the possibility of such damages or such damages could have been reasonably foreseen by Nutricia. Nutricia will cap the donation to a maximum of 600 videos during this time period or up to $3000.
The holidays can be a tough time for many people, especially those on a restricted diet. The most important thing about managing PKU, any other inborn error of metabolism or a low protein 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 making the menu or 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 low protein 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
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!
The completion of high school and the transition into the next chapter of education is a very exciting time. Applying to colleges, receiving the ‘fat envelope’, choosing classes, moving away from home, and living with a roommate for the first time, are all new and exciting experiences.
Arriving on campus and the first few weeks on campus will be exciting and full of change. You will meet a variety of new people and have many new experiences. The one thing that remains constant is adhering to your low protein diet and drinking your PKU formula daily. Keeping your PHE levels in control when you don’t have your family watching over you may be more difficult than anticipated, but at the same time, more important than ever.
The key is to FOCUS and make a PLAN! Commit yourself to your PKU diet. Long lectures, late nights studying and preparing for exams will require you to be at your best and drinking your PKU formula daily, spread throughout the day will be one of your tickets to success. As you know, elevated blood PHE levels are linked to reduced executive function skills such as memory, recall and concentration.
Write out your daily schedule and include dedicated time to mix and drink your PKU formula. This will help make formula part of your day and reduce accidental skips.
Tips for Drinking PKU Formula on Campus
Add formula powder to an empty water bottle (or other reusable container) that you can fill with water later for formula anywhere, anytime.
Is your dorm far from campus? Rent a locker at the school gym or student union to keep your formula so you can refuel in between classes and don’t have to go all the way back to your room.
Choose a formula that is sold in single-serving, travel friendly packaging. Powders in little pouches can easily be added to store-bought beverages while on campus or out with friends.
Periflex® LQ is a ready-to-drink formula that provides 15g PE in a highly portable and easy-to-drink container for long days on campus.
PKU Lophlex® LQ is a ready-to-drink formula that provides 20g PE in only 4.2 fl oz. Quick and easy to drink down and get back to the book.
PhenylAde 60™ is a low volume formula that mixes with only 3 fl oz of water for 10g of PE or any protein-free beverage you enjoy.
Check out these simple on campus mixing ideas:
PhenylAde™ MTE Amino Acid Blend is a unique formula that mixes with any protein-free beverage you enjoy, such as lemonade, sports drink or fruit punch.
Talk with your metabolic dietitian or clinic to find out which PKU formula from Nutricia may be right for you.
Thank You to the National PKU Alliance for hosting a wonderful PKU conference in Indianapolis, IN on July 28-31 ,2016.
Nutricia Metabolics was proud to be a GOLD sponsor for this event that brought together over 600 people from across the US and Canada.
The best part about attending events is meeting the families and children that are touched by PKU.
We took this opportunity to present our extensive PKU line of products in a simplified fashion. We highlighted our ready-to-drink, lower volume and more flexible options with individualized tasting stations.
Conference attendees were also surprised with a sneak peak of the new PhenylAde GMP formulas coming out this fall. PhenylAde GMP Original flavor (no flavor added) was a big hit, with many people requesting follow-up samples once it becomes available in November of this year. More information about the launch of PhenylAde GMP Original will be available soon.
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; making these low protein salads pop with flavor. 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.
Create Your Own PKU Formula with PhenylAde MTE Amino Acid Blend
Turn your summer salad creation into a phenylalanine-free protein boost. Just mix 1 scoop or pouch (12.8g) of PhenylAde MTE Amino Acid Blend(PKU formula) into 2 Tbsp of salad dressing for 10g of Protein Equivalents with No PHE! Note: Be sure to eat the entire serving.