Summer Traveling while on the Ketogenic Diet

Today’s guest blog post is by ketogenic dietitian Robyn Blackford, RDN, LDN. You can find Robyn on Twitter @KetoQueen or on Facebook as@KetoQueenB. Thank you for these helpful and timely tips, Robyn!

Robyn Blackford, RDN, LDN


The beginning of summer is finally here! Are you considering a family trip this summer? Packing up your keto kid for a family trip may seem like a daunting task to accomplish. Whether you are traveling by air or car, here are a few ideas for you to consider as you plan your summer get-away:

  1. Make a checklist. Think of all of the things that you need to pack and things you need to do. Start this list several weeks before the planned trip. This will bring you much needed peace of mind knowing that everything is checked off of the list and you truly have thought of everything!
  2. Label everything. Be specific and label all bags and bowls of food items. It may even be helpful to label the outside with what food it contains and what day and time you plan on serving it. This way it is fool proof when other family members are trying to be helpful and helps you to keep everything straight and organized.
  3. Check your destination. It can be rather helpful for you to look into the hotel you are you have to do what is best for your family. A hotel may offer some perks, like a concierge and a chef who are happy to meet the needs of your child’s special diet. But, a rental home will have a full kitchen that you can utilize. Be sure to find the closest grocery store and see if they carry your favorite items.
  4. Travel letter from your Keto Center. Many facilities who support the Ketogenic Diet have standard letters that they can provide to families. The travel letter should include that your child is on a special medical diet and that it would be helpful to be able to carry in certain items, such as unrestricted amounts of fluids (cream, oil, water, etc) and a cooler. These letters can be used for air travel as well as amusement parks and water parks that usually restrict customers from bringing in outside food.
  5. TSA guidelines. Familiarize yourself with the rules, so you know what special accommodations your family may need. The TSA Cares website can be very helpful.
  6. Timing is everything. Many websites that give tips on traveling with children suggest that you choose travel times near bedtime. To me, this sounds like the perfect idea, especially for children on a special diet. You can feed your keto kid their meal and then prepare them for a traveling bedtime, whether it be by car or airplane. This is less time you have to think about feeding your child and it’s an easy distraction in your travel plan.
  7. Medical ID or food allergy bracelet. Some families already utilize the medical ID bands for the purpose of seizures, but why not also use it for your ketogenic diet. Listing an allergy to dextrose can be helpful in the event of an emergency during your travels and  help others to be aware of the needs of your child’s medical diet. In general, people take allergies a bit more seriously than diet guidelines.
  8. Easy to pack and eat foods. For easy packing, chose foods that can be stored for a long time in a cooler or even stay fresh outside of a cooler. Consider these foods:
  • Protein foods: nut butters, lunchmeat, cheese sticks, nuts
  • Fat foods: Fat bombs, oil shots, avocados
  • Carb foods: veggies, very low carb breads, berries
  • Drinkable Meal/Snack: KetoCal 4:1 LQ

I hope these tips make your summer travel a little bit easier.  Planning weeks in advance can help you be successful in taking your next family trip.

Find some fun and enjoy your summer!

-Robyn

 

Around the World in 60 Days Challenge- Help Us Help Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance!

ATWThere are thousands of children in the United States with medical conditions which require restrictive, medically-supervised diets. To live and thrive, many children are dependent on specialized—and costly—medical foods and formulas. However, often times the important products that families need are not entirely covered by insurances. The families of these children face many worries and an enormous financial burden trying to ensure their children receive proper nutrition.

This is where Children’s Medical Nutrition Alliance (CMNuA) comes in. CMNuA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that supports families in covering a major portion of their medical nutrition expenses in cases where the child’s insurance is unable to help. The money they use to help these families comes from financial donations and fundraising events.

CMNuA empowers, educates, assists, advocates for and supports ALL patients who require medical nutrition. In doing so, CMNuA has created the first-ever national coalition dedicated to enhancing the lives of all patients in need of medical nutrition regardless of their underlying condition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMdSQsw_u20

Around The World in 60 Days Challenge (#ATW60D)

At Nutricia, the makers of KetoCal, we understand the struggles these families go through and how necessary CMNuA is for them. That is why this year we have challenged ourselves to virtually Walk Around the World in 60 days in support of CMNuA. The challenge will require our team to collectively walk 25,000 miles in 60 days. Nutricia North America will donate $10,000 to CMNuA if the goal is met! Our challenge starts March 15th and will continue until May 10th 2017.

The virtual walk will be divided into 4 phases. We will track our progress via fitness trackers and will report on them over the coming weeks.

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Will You Join Us?

Help us to help CMNuA by sponsoring the challenge! Join us in supporting these families with a gift to CMNuA and have your donation doubled by Nutricia. Every dollar counts for this incredible non-profit organization. Nutricia North America pledges to match external donations up to $3,000.

Donate Today!

Thank you for your consideration and for helping the children supported by CMNuA. Stay tuned as we will be updating our progress on #ATW60D over the next 60 days!

 

The Ketogenic Diet: 5 Things To Do Before You Go on a Trip

Taking a summer trip requires a little more planning when you or a family member is on a special diet. In today’s guest blog post, ketogenic dietitian and keto ambassador Stacey Bessone, RDN, LDN, shares her list of 5 things to do before going on a trip while on the ketogenic diet. Thank you for your tips, Stacey!


trip 2Sometimes planning for a trip can be overwhelming, even for people not on a special diet. When you or a family member is on a special diet, such as the ketogenic diet, the task can be even more daunting.  Here are a few tips to help preparations so that you do not need a vacation from your vacation.

  1. Plan for the travel portion (there and the way home).

    Try to bring non-perishables and pre-made snacks/meals that can be consumed on the way there AND the way back.  Some suggestions would be a sugar-free jello with whipped cream, avocado or a KetoCal LQ.  Make 2 travel meals/snacks and save one for the return trip.

  1. Plan for airport security.

    Below is a link for items NOT allowed through the check points for carry on. Liquids need to be less than 3.4 fluid ounces with the exception of medically-necessary liquids, such as special formulas or liquid medications. Let the TSA agent know if you have medically-necessary liquids as these will need to be screened separately from the rest of your belongings. You may also consider bringing a letter from your doctor or dietitian explaining the diet and need to carry special food, liquids, or medications.

https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/prohibited-items

  1. Research grocery stores in the area you will be visiting.

    This may help with brand names and usual food items that you will want to have menus for. Call your hotel to see if there is grocery delivery and order ahead so that items will be available when you arrive.  Also, most hotels can provide small refrigerators which can be used to store cream, butter and other cold items.

  2. Review menus of local restaurants where you will eat.

    Many restaurants have online menus. This may make it easy to make a plan for ordering and bringing along items needed to compliment the meal. If you are staying or eating in a relative’s or friend’s home, call the host ahead of time to explain the situation.  This way you can make a plan for the host to supply certain foods or the need for you to bring food with you. Always have a fast food meal menu for back up.

  3. Have fun!

    By preparing and making a plan, the ketogenic diet can fit into a great vacation. This can be a good time to try new foods that may be part of the experience.  For example, BBQ in the south or fish/seafood near the ocean.  Preparing a menu for these foods and taking some of the steps above can make for an interesting dining experience.

-Stacey


See Stacey’s other guest blog post: “How to Make Valentine’s Day Extra Sweet on the Ketogenic Diet”

 

Fight Flavor Fatigue- Spice Up Your KetoCal!

Moms, dads and other caregivers know that kids often change their minds, especially when it comes to foods and flavors. We all have our favorites but a little variety can help to prevent flavor fatigue, which can be a challenge for maintaining a special diet. Did you know that you can easily switch up the flavor of your child’s KetoCal by adding sugar-free, carb-free flavorings?

There are several brands* to choose from, including DaVinci Gourmet®’s Sugar-free Syrups (which use sucralose) or SweetLeaf®’s Sweet Drops™ (which use Stevia®).   From Double Chocolate to Strawberry to Cookie Dough, there are a variety of flavors to keep meal time fun each day of the week. The flavorings can be added to KetoCal 4:1 LQ Unflavored or Vanilla (which blends nicely with other flavors).

If you have not used carb-free flavorings before, be sure to check with your health care professional to ensure that they are appropriate for your child’s diet.

How do you spice up your little one’s KetoCal?

*Please note that Nutricia is not affiliated with the flavoring brands listed above. These brand names are provided for information purposes only.

Holiday Tips and Recipes Roundup

Today’s KetoConnect post is a collection of posts from around the web with helpful tips and recipe ideas for celebrating the holidays with a child on the ketogenic diet. Please comment if you know of any other helpful posts that we should add to the list. Best wishes for a happy, healthy, keto-friendly holiday!

Tips for Celebrating Winter Holidays (Epilepsy Foundation)

Christmas:

Tips for Managing Your Child’s Ketogenic Diet over the Holidays (KetoConnect)

Christmas Survival Guide (Matthew’s Friends)

KetoCal Christmas Recipe Ideas (KetoConnect)

Holiday Baking (KetoCook)

Hanukkah:

Celebrating Chanukah on the Ketogenic Diet (KetoConnect guest blog post)

KetoCal Hanukkah Recipe Ideas (KetoConnect)

KetoCal Hanukkah Recipes

Earlier this week we posted a guest blog with tips and recipe ideas for celebrating Hanukkah on the Ketogenic Diet. If you missed it, be sure to check it out! To go along with these tips and ideas, we have some KetoCal recipes for popular Hanukkah foods to share today. As always, consult with your child’s health care provider to adjust these recipes to meet your child’s ketogenic ratio and calorie requirements.

KetoCal Latkes with Sour Cream Topping:

latkeLatkes are potato pancakes often enjoyed during Hanukkah. These delicious keto latkes are made with low carb vegetables, zucchini and cauliflower, instead of potatoes.

Recipe makes two medium-sized latkes.

Ingredients:

  • 25 g Cauliflower, raw
  • 65 g Zucchini, with skin – raw
  • 1 g Garlic Paste
  • 16 g Egg (raw, mixed well)
  • 12 g Sour Cream – cultured (not low-fat)
  • 12 g Mayonnaise
  • 16 g Oil, Olive
  • 21 g KetoCal 3:1 Powder

Directions:

  1. Shred raw zucchini (I used a cheese grater), then measure (raw).
  2. Chop cauliflower florets, then measure (raw).
  3. Steam cauliflower a bit to soften, either on the stove or in the microwave. Briefly mash them with a fork or mini spatula.
  4. After measured, place shredded zucchini on a plate and sprinkle a small amount of salt on top. Allow to sit for a few minutes, then blot it with a paper towel (this removes excess water from the zucchini so that the latke batter is not too watery).
  5. Mix vegetables, egg, garlic paste, olive oil and KetoCal 3:1 powder in a bowl.
  6. Heat a pan with olive oil.
  7. Pour latke batter into pan, making two “pancakes”. Cook until brown on edges, then flip and brown on the other side. If some of the latke falls apart at the edges, just use your spatula to reshape it as it cooks.
  8. Remove from heat and place on a plate to cool, Do not place on a paper towel since this will remove some of the fat.
  9. To make the sour cream topping, mix the sour cream and mayonnaise together. Spoon the mixture onto the latkes.

Nutrition Information (for entire recipe; 2 latkes):

Calories: 445
Fat: 44.4 g
Protein: 6.8 g
Carbohydrate: 4.3 g
Ratio: 4:1

KetoCal Sufganiot:

donut1Recipe makes two mini doughnuts.

Sufganiot are jelly-filled doughnuts often enjoyed during Hanukkah. You can make a keto doughnut by preparing the KetoCal Pancake recipe and pouring the batter into a doughnut mold pan (thanks to our past guest blogger, Dana, for sharing her keto doughnut creation with us!).

Ingredients:

  • 26 g KetoCal 4:1 Powder
  • 8 g butter
  • 7 g cream, 40%
  • 4 g olive oil
  • 28 g eggs, raw, mixed well
  • 4 g (mL) water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Melt the butter.
  3. Stir in the egg, cream, oil, and optional carb-free sweetener into the butter and mix well.
  4. Mix the KetoCal 4:1 powder and water, and then add into the mixture.
  5. Spray a mini doughnut mold pan with oil.
  6. Pour batter into doughnut molds (depending on the size of your molds, it should make about 2-3 mini doughnuts)
  7. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Optional: To add a jelly filling to your doughnuts, stir a small amount of prepared sugar-free, carb-free fruit-flavored gelatin to reach a jelly-like consistency, then spoon it into the middle of the doughnut. Note that the doughnut recipe is for a 4:1 ketogenic ratio. Adding carb-free, sugar-free gelatin will affect the ratio slightly, so work with your dietitian to balance the ratio with an additional source of fat if needed.

Nutrition Information (for entire recipe, not including optional “jelly”):

Calories: 341
Fat: 34.0 g
Protein: 7.5 g
Carbohydrate: 1.1 g
Ratio: 4:1

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Warm Keto Soups for Cold Days

Cold weather calls for warm soup! Try one of our tasty KetoCal® soup recipes. These recipes use KetoCal LQ Unflavored, which is unsweetened and perfect for making savory recipes. We made samples of these soup recipes for our office and everyone still raves about them. The crowd favorites were the Mock Baked Potato Soup and the Taco Soup.

Note- These recipes are for a 4:1 ketogenic ratio. We also have soup recipes for a 3:1 ketogenic ratio and the Modified AtkinsDiet. As always, consult with your health care provider to ensure recipes are appropriate.

KetoCal Mock Baked Potato Soup


 

KetoCal Taco Soup

Cream of taco soup

 

KetoCal Mushroom Soup

 

 

KetoCal Tomato Basil Soup

Tomato basil soup

 

 

KetoCal Green Pepper & Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Special Post for Epilepsy Awareness Month

As many of you know, November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, so today’s KetoConnect blog post is a special Epilepsy Awareness edition. Read below for an overview of Nutricia’s Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness and to view our new infographic to help spread awareness about epilepsy and the ketogenic diet.

Nutricia North America Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness:

Last Friday was “Purple Day” here at Nutricia North America. The KetoCal team committed to donate $5 for every Nutricia North America employee who wore purple to work for epilepsy awareNNAPurple2014ness. It was a sea of purple in the office and our internal social media site was flooded with photos of employees across the US and Canada sporting purple. We were so impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm that we decided to double the funds raised.

Friday’s fundraiser will be used to sponsor a child to attend Camp Great Rock, a camp specifically for children and teens with epilepsy. Great Rock campers get a chance to experience the joys of summer camp in a safe environment, under the medical supervision of the Neurology team from Children’s National Medical Center, our local children’s hospital here in Washington D.C.

Epilepsy and Ketogenic Diet Awareness Infographic:

Also in recognition of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we created this Infographic to help spread awareness about epilepsy and the ketogenic diet as an option for those with intractable seizures. Please feel free to share, pin, post, and spread the word!

How are you recognizing Epilepsy Awareness Month?

-Mallory

 

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Recipe: KetoCal Pumpkin Spice Shake

yogurt with spiced pumpkin puree

In case there was any doubt, the surplus of pumpkin-flavored foods confirms that it is officially fall. Like many, I look forward to pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cheesecakes, and anything else pumpkin all year long. I decided that we needed to come up with a pumpkin KetoCal recipe, so I set out to create one. I must say that this delicious KetoCal Pumpkin Spice Shake exceeded my expectations. I hope that your keto kids enjoy it as much as I did!

-Mallory

As always, consult with your health care provider to ensure that this recipe idea is appropriate for your child’s diet and calorie requirements. The instructions for preparing this recipe at a 4:1 and 3:1 ketogenic ratio are provided, along with the instructions for preparing this recipe for the Modified Atkins Diet. Be sure to use the appropriate version for your child. If your child is on a different ratio, your dietitian may be able to help you adjust it by changing the amount of oil used. Note that the nutrition values were calculated using KetoCalculator, so if you are in another country or using a different system, the recipe may need to be adjusted.

Ingredients:

4:1 Version:

  • 120 g Vanilla KetoCal 4:1 LQ (you could also use Unflavored KetoCal LQ but you may want to add a carbohydrate-free sweetener if you do)
  • 15 g pumpkin, canned, unsweetened
  • 1 g ground cinnamon or unsweetened pumpkin pie spice
  • 5 g canola oil

3:1 Version:

  • 120 g Vanilla KetoCal 4:1 LQ (you could also use Unflavored KetoCal LQ but you may want to add a carbohydrate-free sweetener if you do)
  • 15 g pumpkin, canned, unsweetened
  • 1 g ground cinnamon or unsweetened pumpkin pie spice

MAD Version:

  • 1/2 cup (120 mL) Vanilla KetoCal 4:1 LQ (you could also use Unflavored KetoCal LQ but you may want to add a carbohydrate-free sweetener if you do)
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin, canned, unsweetened
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon or unsweetened pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

  • Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Once prepared, serve immediately or store in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Serving ideas:

  • Blend with ice for a cold treat!
  • Serve warm for a comforting treat on a cold day!
  • Freeze into pumpkin spice popsicles or ice cream!

Nutrition Information:

4:1 Version:

Ratio: 4:1
Calories: 228
Fat: 22.8 g
Protein: 3.9 g
Carbohydrate: 1.8 g

3:1 and MAD Versions:

Ratio: 3.1:1
Calories: 183
Fat: 17.8 g
Protein: 3.9 g
Carbohydrate: 1.8 g