A support blog for parents of children on the medical ketogenic diet for intractable epilepsy. KetoCal® is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if KetoCal is right for you.
Many families enjoy baking and decorating cookies around the
holidays. Your keto kid can join in the fun too with our KetoCal Almond
Coconut Cookie recipe. As always, speak with your healthcare provider to
ensure that this recipe is appropriate for your child’s diet.
This is your keto-version of basic “sugar” cookies (sans
sugar of course). As the name suggests, they are made using almond and coconut
flour, but people often describe them as tasting like shortbread cookies. Below
are some festive ways to decorate your keto cookies!
Make Cookies in Festive Colors
You can make these cookies festive
by adding carb-free food coloring to the batter before cooking. I like to
divide the recipe in half and add red carb-free food coloring to one batch and
green carb-free food coloring to the other.
Top with Colorful “Keto Sprinkles”
Another idea is to add colorful “keto
sprinkles” to your cookies by mixing a small amount of carb-free food coloring
into granulated stevia before adding it on top of the cookies.
Use Holiday-themed Cookie Cutters
You can also use mini holiday-themed
cookie cutters to make your cookies into different shapes.
We would love to see the holiday cookies that your family
creates – Please tag us if you post them on social media so that we can see
what you come up with!
Happy keto baking!
KetoCal is a medical food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether KetoCal is right for you.
My name is Rachel Finn, and I am a chef at a children’s hospital where I help create recipes for children following a medical ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy. Working with Nutricia North America, I created a new, versatile dough recipe, KetoCal® 2:1 Dough, and it has become the go-to keto dough for almost everything! It is made with the KetoCal® 3:1 Powder, which is unflavored and works nicely for a savory dough. I’ve used this dough as the base to create a variety of other keto-friendly recipes – check them out below! These recipes were shared at our most recent Keto University for professionals administering the ketogenic diet in the medical field, and they were a big hit!
Carbohydrate-heavy foods like pasta and fries are undoubtedly the basic foods patients understandably miss the most when being on the classic, modified ketogenic or modified Atkins diet. My new KetoCal Dough recipe is at a 2:1 ratio. It can be used for various dishes from pocket sandwiches, to faux French fries, to even pizza rolls that resemble what the rest of the family might be eating. If you’re a bit more adventurous, you can also use this dough recipe to create samosas with cilantro chutney, crab rangoons, or empanadas. Serve these recipes with high fat sauces or with a high fat drink on the side (such as KetoCal or heavy cream) to reach your needed ketogenic ratio. Ask your healthcare provider for help to modify these recipes to reach your specific requirements.
KetoCal 2:1 Dough is found as an ingredient in MyKetoPlanner. Using the dough as the base, you can individualize recipes to fit into specific ratios. The following recipes each use 40 grams of dough that will provide a large enough portion to work with and make a filling meal or snack.
Once made, KetoCal 2:1 Dough can be
stored for 24 hours wrapped in plastic in the refrigerator. You can also freeze these recipes if you
prefer to make your ketogenic meals ahead of time. However, for best results, making,
baking, then eating immediately is recommended.
Ingredients are weighed in grams for
consistent results. For each of these recipes, the dough is weighed (40 grams)
prior to baking.
Tools You Will
Parchment paper and a rolling pin
are essential tools for rolling this dough.
For small helping hands, a 1-inch dowel rod cut into 12-inch section is
easy to grasp and roll. Send us pictures
of your keto kids helping to create these recipes!
To download a PDF of these recipes for print, click here.
This KetoCal 2:1 Dough is
surprisingly easy to whip up! It
is versatile and can be used for many different ketogenic recipes. Be creative and let us know what dishes you
come up with!
Please be sure to individualize
recipes for your specific diet plan with the help of your healthcare provider.
I was paid by Nutricia
North America for my time to create this blog post, however, my opinions are my
KetoCal® is medical
food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use
under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider about whether
KetoCal is right for you.
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My name is Hailey, a twenty-four-year-old college student happily living on the coast with my adventurous boyfriend of five years and our goofy husky German shepherd. I am a student yoga teacher and am pursuing my bachelor’s degree in Science Education. While at first glance I may look like a typical, healthy, 20-something college student, people are usually shocked to hear what I’m going through medically. You see, I have uncontrolled seizures, also known as intractable epilepsy, along with a neuro-cardiac condition called Dysautonomia. My seizures started mid-summer when I was thirteen years old. From there, my health rapidly declined. At my worst, I was having over forty seizures daily. I had to wear a helmet and was wheelchair bound. We tried several different anti-seizure medications, but unfortunately, nothing stopped my seizures.
When I was eighteen, in a dental office, I had a seizure and
my breathing did not return. Thanks to the quick action of the dental office
and first responders, I survived and recovered after just three days on a
ventilator in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). During my time there, my doctors
recommended that I start eating healthier and exercising. As a kid my
diet was terrible, eating lots of junk food. However, I was a healthy weight,
so my parents never worried. With low expectations, but desperate, I
“cold-turkey” changed my diet, eating mostly whole foods and cutting
drastically back on processed foods. I started feeling much better. I joined
the swim team, and fell in love with yoga, rock climbing and jiu jitsu (sorry
The Medical Ketogenic
Although exercising and eating healthier made me feel better, I was still having one to two seizures per month. This meant that I still couldn’t drive. Therefore, I became motivated to reduce my seizures further. I began researching and stumbled upon the Charlie Foundation and the medical ketogenic diet. I was eager to give the medical ketogenic diet a try. However, my doctors initially tried to steer me away from it, warning that it was extremely difficult and limiting. I explained to them that my seizures were very difficult and limiting too! Ultimately, we mutually agreed to try it, with the help of a medical ketogenic dietitian who I found on the Charlie Foundation’s Website. The first week or two, the diet was very difficult. I experienced flu-like symptoms and suddenly had insomnia. I would lie in bed crying because all I wanted was a box of bread rolls. I never thought I’d cry over food.
As time went on, the ketogenic diet got a lot easier and I learned what I could and couldn’t eat, and how much. My dietitian helped me obtain a prescription for KetoCal 4:1 LQ formula to reduce the stress of meal planning since I was attending work, school, and swim team. For the first time since my seizures began, I went two months seizure free. While the diet wasn’t completely effective, it did make a big difference on the frequency of my seizures! I was on the ketogenic diet for just over a year and a half when doctors purposely had me cheat to induce seizures for testing. After that, I lost motivation to continue the diet and fell off track for a few years. However, my seizures became more frequent, so I decided it was time to return to the ketogenic diet. I have been back on the medical ketogenic diet since July of 2019 and this time, with a better mindset and motivation.
My Life Today:
Since being on the medical ketogenic diet the second time,
my new seizure-free record to beat is about three and a half months, or 110
days. I have had a few accidental carb ingestions that have lowered my ketones
enough to cause breakthrough seizures. While unfortunate, these instances motivate
me to continue the diet and are great examples of how powerful the diet is, at
least for me! My mind feels clearer and less fuzzy on the medical ketogenic
diet. I also find that it is easier to maintain a healthy weight because
getting into bad eating habits is not an option when you’re on the medical ketogenic
We live in a society where we want a quick fix. However, if you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet that your quick fixes are not working. I’m learning that the medical ketogenic diet really isn’t too difficult. In a pinch, I can walk into a gas station and purchase nuts, salami and cheese. I can find an avocado just about anywhere if I need a snack. If I’m feeling lazy, I can just eat some spinach mixed with tuna and mayo. At most restaurants I can order plant protein with fats and veggies. If I’m really in a hurry, I just grab a KetoCal 4:1 LQ from the fridge. KetoCal also takes the stress off traveling. If I’m in the mood for pancakes, bagels, or sweets, I can make recipes that are ketogenic, using KetoCal 4:1 powdered formula, coconut flour, or almond flour.
Advice for Other
Adults Considering the Medical Ketogenic Diet for Epilepsy Management:
My advice to other adults who are considering the medical
ketogenic diet for seizures? Don’t let anyone tell you doing the ketogenic diet
for epilepsy is too hard. Also, don’t get too down on yourself if you
accidentally get kicked out of ketosis. We try our best but accidental
I was paid by Nutricia
for my time to write this blog post, however, my opinions are my own.
KetoCal is a medical
food for the dietary management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use
under medical supervision.
Please note that this is one individual’s report of her experience with
the medical ketogenic diet and may not be the experience of others. Individual
results will vary. Please
discuss with your healthcare provider if the medical ketogenic diet is right