Ordering for Yourself

CONCEPT: Food Choices, PKU Diet



Participants complete a worksheet, identifying the high phe foods on a menu and substitute low phe alternatives to provide an interesting and satisfying lunch.



After completing this activity, children will be able to:

  • recognize "high", "low", and "intermediate" phe foods from a menu
  • state that "intermediate" phe foods are allowed in the diet in limited amounts, "high" phe foods are not allowed in the diet, and "low" phe foods can be eaten in large amounts
  • suggest food substitutions after identifying foods and/or meals that are too high in phe



Review "high", "low", and "intermediate" phe foods.

  • "High" phe foods are "no" foods--they are not allowed in the diet
  • "Intermediate" phe foods are allowed in the diet in limited amounts
  • "Low" phe foods are low in phe and can be eaten in large amounts

What foods fall into each of these categories?

Distribute the worksheet to participants.

Introduce the children to the activity. They complete the worksheet independently.

Discuss their answers together. What ideas did they have for changing the meals to make them lower in phe? Review the high, low, and intermediate phe foods from the menu.





When at a restaurant, teach your child how to order from the menu--including selecting the appropriate food choices, asking for substitutions as needed, and making an order with the restaurant staff.



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