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

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Mallory

 

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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