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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 low protein food 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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