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.
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
- Boil potato and parsnip in a large pot until they begin to soften.
- Add cauliflower and continue to cook until soft and tender.
- Drain water.
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
Makes 7 servings
13.8 g protein
709 mg leucine
499 mg phenylalanine
337 mg tyrosine
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
- In a small saucepan, add 1 oz water & 7 oz coconut milk and 6 pistachios.
- Bring to a boil. Immediately when it begins boiling, add brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice and stir.
- Add Loprofin Rice. Stir. Cover and lower heat to simmer covered for 10 minutes.
- Once rice is cooked remove pistachio pieces.
- Serve warm or cold.
Makes 2 servings
4.1 g protein
306 mg leucine
207 mg phenylalanine
124 mg tyrosine
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