Like most holidays and special occasions, Valentine’s Day can be tricky when you have a child on the medical ketogenic diet for epilepsy. Most Valentine’s Day celebrations involve candy and other sweets not allowed on the ketogenic diet, which can make it stressful for parents trying to ensure that their child does not consume any non-allowed foods. Parents may also find it challenging to make the day fun despite the dietary restrictions. Fortunately, little things go a long way when it comes to making special occasions fun for kids. For today’s blog post, we have some tips and ideas for small ways to make Valentine’s Day fun and special for your keto kid.
Add a Festive Touch
You can make any meal more festive with a cute Valentine’s Day-themed straw, cup, plate, napkin, etc.
Make Everything Heart-Shaped
Another easy way to make Valentine’s Day special is to make your child’s favorite foods in the shape of a heart. Below are a few ideas:
- Make your KetoCal® pancakes into hearts by pouring the batter into a cookie cutter on the pan.
- Make a heart-shaped KetoCal pizza by spreading the pizza dough into the shape of a heart before topping and cooking (you could do this by hand or using a larger-sized cookie cutter. Place the cookie cutter on the parchment paper and spread the dough inside of it to shape the pizza).
- Make heart-shaped muffins or cupcakes using heart-shaped silicone baking cups.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with pink food! Here are some recipe ideas that are pink and perfect for Valentine’s Day.
Replace your child’s regular KetoCal with pink, strawberry-flavored KetoCal. Simply add a sugar-free, carb-free strawberry flavoring, such as DaVinci Gourmet® strawberry syrup, to the KetoCal® LQ Vanilla. If desired, add a small amount of carb-free red food coloring. Add your festive straw and voila! – You have an easy Valentine’s treat!
Raspberry or Strawberry Smoothie:
Our KetoCal Raspberry or Strawberry Smoothie recipes are naturally pink in color and perfect for Valentine’s Day. Optional–Top with whipped heavy cream sweetened with carb-free sweetener and serve with a festive straw!
Strawberry Panna Cotta:
Panna Cotta is a creamy Italian dessert. Our KetoCal Strawberry Panna Cotta recipe is tasty and perfectly-colored for a Valentine’s Day treat!
Stock Up On Awesome Non-Food Valentines
Many valentines involve candy, but non-food valentine treats, such as stickers, fun straws, glow sticks, bubbles, pencils, etc., can be just as much fun for kids. You can search on Pinterest for more non-food valentine ideas. If your child’s school is having a Valentine’s Day celebration, send along some non-food valentine treats for your child and the rest of the children to enjoy. If you are friends with the parents of other children in the class, you could share some non-food valentine ideas with them as well. There are likely other children in the class with food restrictions, such as those with food allergies, and many parents try to minimize their children’s sugar intake, so you might find that other parents embrace the awesome non-food valentine idea too!
KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision.
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