So many fruits / So little time

Today was grocery store day. Notice I didn’t put an exclamation mark. Never go on a Sunday people. It’s one of the busier days due to people stocking up for the week… especially when you’re in a small health food grocery store and the aisles are so tiny. I get so happy when walking into a health food grocery store though! I guess it’s all the neat organic products and gorgeous produce that gets me excited. For Ezra, we bought bananas, apples, pears, kiwis, mangoes, avocados, papaya, squash, carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Yummy!

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So this time I’ll be talking about how we calculate the PHE in foods like those listed. He tried bananas and avocados tonight. I’m not sure if it’s the texture or the flavor, but he just did not like either one. I think he had a better time smearing it everywhere and playing with his spoon more than anything! Every time I gave him a bite, he would give me this look of pure disgust. This is a trial and error type thing and I’m ready for us to move on to the next thing!

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Anyway, so here you’ll see I use the Low Protein Food List for PKU
to look up how much PHE each food has. Let me start off by saying how much I love this book. It makes it easy to understand how to calculate foods quick and easy.

Below is a page in the book that talks about how to calculate. We normally use the scale to measure gram weights of foods since I read that it’s more accurate than using measuring cups.



  1. So to do this, I’ll get one of Ezra’s small bowls and measure that first without anything in it.
  2. Next I add the foods in and see what that weight is.
  3. I then minus those two amounts to get the correct total weight of the food.
  4. Then I will look in the book and times the total weight of the food by the number they have and that will give me the total PHE amount! If you’re using the portion they have in the book, then it makes things a lot easier.

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Confused? Yes, I know that feeling very well. It’s getting a little easier each time though. Now what takes up more time is when I have to chop and store all the fruits and veggies (which I’m still learning how to do properly by the way.)

Today was blood work day as well, but I will post about that some other time. Now time to get ready for work tomorrow and try to get a good nights rest (if little man would let us.) We have a short week since it’s going to be Thanksgiving! I’m excited to post what I’ll be making. What are you guys going to have?

Hope you have a good night!

xoxo, Sky

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