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February 23, 2015

Staying on Track with Your Kidney Diet

So far February has been packed full of holidays and events. Super bowl XLIX, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Chinese New Year and even the Oscars. Everyone has something to celebrate!  We’ve been tempted by chocolate candies, jambalaya, King cake, Dim Sum dumplings and chicken wings. These temptations can have an impact on how you feel and your lab results. As February winds down this week, it’s a good time to refocus on healthy eating for your kidney diet.

Here are 3 ways to get back on track, plus a 1-day menu to get you started.

  1. Clean up:  Get rid of the extra candy, cake and holiday foods that tempt you.
  2. Make a plan: Plan a menu for 3 days using kidney-friendly recipes.
  3. Stock up:  Take a trip to the grocery to stock up on staples and ingredients for your favorite renal diet meals.

 

Kidney Diet Healthy 1-Day Eating Plan

Breakfast

Cran-Apple Oatmeal Plus Egg

This one dish meal is a healthy and satisfying way to start the day. If you need more protein add an extra egg white. Cook fresh berries with the oatmeal instead of the cranberries if you prefer more fresh fruit. Complete this meal with toast, jam or fruit spread, and your favorite breakfast beverage. You can make a triple batch of the oatmeal with fruit and refrigerate the extra servings. The next day heat a serving of oatmeal and add the egg as instructed in step # 3.

Lunch

Hawaiian Chicken Salad Sandwich ChickenSaladHawaiian-1914

Complete with high quality protein, fruit and bread, this island sandwich is tasty and nourishing. Adjust the portion to meet your protein goal. Select a lower sodium flatbread or crackers instead of tortillas or sandwich bread to keep sodium lower. Complete this meal with a side salad or serve the chicken salad on salad greens with crackers on the side. An extra dish of pineapple, plus water flavored with your favorite flavor enhancer drops make the perfect lunch.

Dinner

Southern-Style Stuffed Peppers Stuffed Pepper2108632969_1cacc03117

Perfect for a weeknight dinner, stuffed peppers help you meet your vegetable quota and give a nutrition boost to the meal. This flexible dish can be made ahead then baked or reheated, plus you can adjust the amount of ground meat to meet your protein goal. Try different colors of peppers, couscous or barley instead of rice, or ground turkey instead of beef.  Add a dish of strawberries with whipped cream and iced tea to round out this healthy dinner.

Suggested SnacksStyle: "Neutral"

Honey Maple Trail Mix makes enough for snacks all week long!

Fresh chilled Gala apple (or your favorite variety).

Easy Salt-free Seasoning Dip paired with raw veggies or low-sodium crackers.

Add your favorite go-to kidney diet meals or select more kidney-friendly recipes from DaVita.com to finish a 3-day plan. Keep a go-to meal plan on hand to get back on track and refocus on a healthy kidney diet.

Check out these additional kidney resources from DaVita.com:

 

February 5, 2015

Kidney Diet Tip: Choosing the best milk substitute

MilkSubs-273Cow’s milk is naturally high in protein and minerals. An 8-ounce cup of 1% low fat milk contains 8 grams protein, 366 mg potassium, 232 mg phosphorus, 305 mg calcium, 107 mg sodium and 27 mg magnesium.

Because of the high levels of potassium and phosphorus in milk, people with severe or total loss of kidney function (stages 4 and 5 chronic kidney disease) are generally advised to limit milk to 4 to 8 ounces a day. Non-dairy milk substitutes such as almond, rice or soy milk are recommended instead. Read more…

January 5, 2015

Kidney Diet Tools and Resources for a Healthy 2015

iStock_000049493440SmallNew Year 2015Post by guest blogger DaVita dietitian Geri Hipple, RDN, LDN from Illinois.

Does your New Year’s resolution have anything to do with getting healthier in 2015? All too often resolutions are made only to be broken weeks, days or even hours later. Although there are many reasons resolutions fail, not having the tools and resources to succeed can be one of them.  When dealing with kidney disease and diet and nutrition issues, these resources can be a big support.

The following are just a few examples of the resources available at your fingertips on DaVita.com to help you achieve your health goals in 2015. Read more…

December 17, 2014

Tips for Making Your Holiday Recipes Kidney-friendly

iStock_000030628724SmallChristmas2014Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

By this time in December most of you are bound to have a few favorite holiday recipes in mind. The challenge is to stick to the kidney diet and still prepare favorite dishes to serve and share during holiday events.  Some substitutions and ingredient reductions, such as using rice milk instead of cow’s milk, reducing nuts to ¼ cup instead of 1 cup, can make a big difference in potassium and phosphorus content of a recipe.

The DaVita Dietitian Team created a handout of tips to help you modify recipes to make them more kidney-friendly. For even more ideas check out the DaVita.com holiday recipes. Read more…

November 26, 2014

Kidney-friendly Thanksgiving Meal Suggestions

iStock_000020733713Small_TG2014Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Each year we follow some of the same traditions for Thanksgiving, but when times are more hectic  shortcuts to spend less time in the kitchen and more time with family and friends are welcomed. Here are some kidney-friendly tips with quick, easy recipes for a Thanksgiving menu that can be enjoyed by all.

 

Turkey Tips

If you haven’t bought and thawed your bird, consider buying turkey parts to cook separately. You can purchase turkey breasts, thighs and legs to roast. Read more…

November 19, 2014

Diabetes and Dietary Patterns

November is American Diabetes Month in recognition of almost 30 million Americans with diabetes and 86 million with prediabetes.  Over the years many diet combinations have been prescribed to help manage blood glucose and fats. The current focus, instead specific nutrients like carbohydrate or fat, is on dietary patterns. This is a more holistic and practical approach that people with diabetes and prediabetes can better understand and embrace.

Dietary patterns consider whole foods and whole meals, not single nutrients. Read more…

October 31, 2014

Halloween Candy Tips for Kidney Diets

SONY DSCHappy Halloween! Today and throughout the weekend you are likely to be tempted by Halloween candy treats. Limit temptations and stay in control of your kidney diet with these ghostly Halloween candy tips. Don’t be tricked into letting your potassium, phosphorus, blood sugar or waistline float out of control! Read more…

October 8, 2014

Sandwich-High Blood Pressure Connection: Try These Lower Sodium Sandwich Tips

MyPlatePork-425Is your daily lunchtime sandwich contributing to higher blood pressure and weight gain? Medical News Today has a must read story “Your daily sandwich may be chewing up nearly 50% of your sodium allowance”.   The article describes a recent study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that reveals a typical sandwich can contribute one fifth of daily sodium intake. In addition, people who consumed sandwiches averaged an extra 300 calories a day. Read more…

September 22, 2014

Study findings: Good glucose and blood pressure control saves your kidneys

If you’ve taken a Risk Quiz to determine your risk for kidney disease, you’ve probably already made the connection between kidney disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Many research studies are focused on finding links between these health issues and what makes a difference in preventing long-term complications
of diabetes like kidney disease.

You may be interested in a recent report from Read more…

September 16, 2014

How can I make my kidney diet foods tasty?

Herbs and spicesWhenever a diet limits sodium, people tend to think that means their food will be bland. However, think of a low-salt diet as an invitation to introduce your taste buds to new sensations.

Here are some ideas to give your renal diet foods extra flavor: Read more…

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