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Tips for a Low Pro Friendly Thanksgiving

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The holidays can be an exciting time of year. However, they can be a bit challenging for someone on a restricted diet as most festivities center around food. This blog focuses on tips for managing a restricted diet during the holiday season.

The most important thing to do is plan ahead.  The more you know in advance, the better you can plan.

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • 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 while away over the weekend?

  • Am I dining at home or at someone else’s home?

  • Will I be preparing the food or will someone else?

Once you know more about what your day/weekend will consist of, you can make a plan.

One key thing is to plan the menu in advance.  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 suitable 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 low-protein items for the holiday meal.

Get Creative!

Many traditional holiday favorites can be modified to reduce the protein while still keeping the taste and texture you and others love.

Here is a simple recipe for a popular dish with small changes to lower the protein content – this dish is sure to become a family staple at your holiday meal:

 

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

Directions

  1. Boil potato and parsnip in a large pot until they begin to soften.
  2. Add cauliflower and continue to cook until soft and tender.
  3. Drain water.
  4. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  5. Salt and pepper to taste.

Makes 7 servings

Per Recipe:

700 calories

13.8 g protein

709 mg leucine

499 mg phenylalanine

337 mg tyrosine

 

Per Serving:

100 Calories

2 g protein

101 mg leucine

71 mg phenylalanine

48 mg tyrosine

End your holiday meal on a sweet note with this low protein dessert.  This is a dish everyone at your holiday gathering is sure to enjoy!

 

Easy Pumpkin Pudding (recipe developed by Sarah Marshall)

 

1 fluid ounces            Water

7 fluid ounces             Coconut Milk (full fat, canned coconut milk required to get pudding-like consistency)

6  each                        Whole pistachios (for flavor – to be strained out later)

½ tablespoon             Brown sugar

¼ teaspoon                Pumpkin pie spice (or blend cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg)

½ teaspoon                Vanilla flavoring

½ cup                          Loprofin Rice

 

 

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, add 1 oz water & 7 oz coconut milk and 6 pistachios.
  2. Bring to a boil. Immediately when it begins boiling, add brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
  3. Add Loprofin Rice. Stir. Cover and lower heat to simmer covered for 10 minutes.
  4. Once rice is cooked remove pistachio pieces.
  5. Serve warm or cold.

 

Makes 2 servings

 

Per Recipe

534 calories

4.1 g protein

306 mg leucine

207 mg phenylalanine

124 mg tyrosine

 

Per Serving

267 calories

2 g protein

153 mg leucine

104 mg phenylalanine

62 mg tyrosine

And most of all…

Holidays do not have to be all about food.  Make your holidays memorable with family traditions, such as a family football game or a checkers tournament.

Happy Thanksgiving from

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