We are delighted to share another guest blog from our friends at Nutricia Metabolics!
With Easter just around the corner, we have been trying out some new springtime recipes – see our recipe of the month for the perfect addition to your Easter menu! Also this month, we are very pleased to announce the launch of the new ‘LowPro App’– the useful tool to help you manage your low protein diet, available to download now! You can read more about the features of the app below. Looking for an event near you to meet others on a low protein diet? The Nutricia team has been busy preparing some exciting days out, including a trip to Thorpe Park on the 13th May. For more information and to register your place for this event click here
Happy Easter and best wishes from the team at Nutricia Metabolics xxx
Low Pro App – available to download now
The Low Pro app is free to download for iOS and Android devices and can be used for the following conditions: PKU, MSUD, TYR, HCU, GA1, IVA, MMA/PA and UCD.
Once downloaded, get started by completing your profile. A summary of your activity will be shown on the dashboard.
The app can be used to:
* Monitor how many exchanges you’ve had throughout the day.
* Keep track of your protein substitutes.
* Set reminders to take your protein substitutes and to attend hospital appointments.
* Exchange calculator – convert protein (g) into exchanges.
* Keep track of your blood levels and export and share graphs as a PDF.
* Link with Apple Health and Google Fit to track your steps.
* If you are a parent with more than 1 child on a low protein diet, there is an option to have multiple accounts.
Recipe of the Month
Mediterranean Stuffed Butternut Squash
- 1 butternut squash
- 2tbsp olive oil
- handful of fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
For the filling
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
- 1 red onion, finely chopped
- 150g mushrooms*, finely chopped
- 6 sundried tomatoes, finely chopped
- 50g black olives
- 100g cooked Loprofin rice
- 50g Violife cheese**
- Handful of fresh thyme
- salt and pepper
1. Pre heat the oven to 200C.
2. Cut the butternut squash in half. Scrape out the flesh and remove the seeds. Using a knife create a channel in the butternut squash halves so that you can fill them with the rice filling.
3. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with fresh thyme and season with salt and pepper.
4. Roast the butternut squash halves in the oven for 40 minutes or until soft.
5. Now prepare the filling: Heat the olive oil in a pan, sauté the garlic and onion until soft.
6. Add the mushrooms*, sundried tomatoes, olives and cooked Loprofin Rice to the onions mix and fry for a further 5 minutes.
7. Season with fresh thyme, salt and pepper.
8. Remove the butternut squash halves from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes.
9. Fill the butternut squash halves with the rice filling.
10. Sprinkle with the low protein cheese* and fresh thyme.
11. Drizzle with some olive oil and bake in the oven for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese melts and the butternut squash is tender.
12. Slice the butter nut squash length ways to serve.
This dish goes really well with steamed green vegetables or a fresh green salad. Sprinkle with some pomegranate seeds to add a pop of colour.
* This vegetable, if taken in large amounts, adds a significant amount of protein to the diet and needs to be counted as part of your exchanges
** Check the protein content on the food label
Nutricia are the leading provider of medical nutrition products and a great source of dietary information and advice for families following a low protein diet. Through their monthly guest blog, they will be sharing their latest news and developments, along with a tasty recipe of the month!