We are pleased to welcome back Lindsey Thompson, MS, RD, CSP, LD. Lindsey is a ketogenic dietitian and Keto Ambassador from Kansas City. In today’s guest blog post, Lindsey shares her tips and recipe ideas for families celebrating Easter with a child on the ketogenic diet for the management of intractable epilepsy. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, Lindsey!
One of the challenges for children on specialized diets is that food is often the focal point of holidays. Easter is a holiday that many families celebrate together and is no exception. If you have a family member on the ketogenic diet, including them in your family meal is imperative, but will require some extra planning.
On Easter many families feature meals with ham or lamb, pies, breads and dishes with eggs. Consider incorporating the type of meat you are serving into a ketogenic meal for your child, such as ham or lamb with a side of fruit or vegetable and cream or other fats. In addition, here are a few keto-friendly dishes you might consider for your family member’s Easter meal:
KetoCal® Cheese and Ham Tart
KetoCal Cheesy Tomato Tart
KetoCal Apple Crumble with Whipped Cream
Ketogenic Deviled Eggs:
Use the following ingredients to put into your child’s ketogenic diet planner to calculate his or her recipe:
- Egg white- cooked
- Egg yolk- cooked
- Butter- softened
- Small amounts of mustard, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce (if your family member likes spicy foods)
- Salt, pepper and paprika to taste
- Hard boil eggs. Slice eggs in half and remove yolks.
- Place the cooked egg yolks in a bowl & mash them up with a fork.
- Stir in the mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Scoop the filling into the halved egg whites.
- Sprinkle with paprika.
Easter Egg Hunts
In addition to family feasts, many families will attend or have Easter egg hunts for the Easter holiday. Children often hunt and discover plastic eggs filled with treats or goodies. Here are some tips to help include your family member on the ketogenic diet in your family’s Easter Egg Hunt:
- Utilize non-food treats. Items such as small toys, stickers and loose change can be placed into plastic eggs for a fun alternative to treats or candies.
- Have a certain number of “tokens” in each egg that children can collect and then redeem for a larger non-food prize at the end of the hunt.
- Create keto-friendly candies for your family member, such as the following recipe for chocolate candies: http://charliefoundation.org/resources-and-tools/find-recipes-home/desserts-and-sweets/item/1045-chocolate-candy.
Easter is a special holiday for families. With a little extra planning, your child on the ketogenic diet can enjoy and feel included as a part of your family’s Easter traditions.
Happy Easter to all!
I have been paid by Nutricia for my time to write this blog post but my opinions are my own.
KetoCal is a medical food for the management of intractable epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision.