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July 1, 2015

Red, White and Blue Recipes for Independence Day

PieRWB-whole-698Celebrate Independence Day with the colors of freedom!  DaVita dietitians put together red, white or blue salad and dessert recipes  to complement your July 4th decorations. Pick one or more to include at this weekend’s barbecue, picnic or social gathering.

Recipes made specifically for the kidney diet can help you limit sodium, potassium and phosphorus while still enjoying great food with family and friends.

 

For more  recipe ideas read past posts “Last Minute Dishes for 4th of July” and “Favorite 4th of July Kidney-friendly Picnic Recipes”

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June 23, 2015

Summer Potassium Control

By guest blogger DaVita Dietitian Daniel Solomon, RD, LDN

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Summer time reminds us of picnics, cookouts, festivals, visits to the beach, traveling, and more.

Food is plentiful at many of these fun activities, but along with it comes a wide assortment of foods high in potassium – sweet potato, tomato, yogurt, banana, orange, nectarine, papaya, avocado, cantaloupe and honeydew, grapefruit, and mango to name a few. These foods can be tempting if you are on a low potassium diet. Read more…

June 3, 2015

Today’s Kidney Diet Summertime Cookbook

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Now that summer is here it’s time to pull out your favorite summer recipes and take advantage of seasonal produce and lighter meals.

In addition to your own favorite recipes, DaVita dietitians have put together 16 fresh, easy-to-prepare recipes that are perfect for summer in the latest cookbook “Today’s Kidney Diet: Healthy Summertime Recipes“. Read more…

May 20, 2015

Outdoor Living: Tips for Barbeques and Picnics

By guest blogger DaVita dietitian Cheryl Hathaway

Happy Memorial Day!Family on vacation having barbecue

Break out the barbeque and pack the picnic coolers!  Warmer weather brings wonderful opportunities for outdoor living and great food. Whether you prefer a sizzling steak from the backyard grill or cool picnic sandwiches at the park, here are some tips to keep your outdoor celebrations fun and full of flavor.
Tips for Grilling:

  • Barbeque rubs are a simple and fast way to add flavor to grilled meats.  During grilling, the rub forms a savory crust that helps seal in the juices to keep meats moist and tasty.  Many commercial rubs are high in sodium.  However, you can easily combine salt-free spices that you have on hand at home to create a kidney-friendly rub customized to your taste preferences.
  • For those who like flavor with a little “zing”, try this recipe for “Zippy Barbeque Rub”:

Read more…

April 28, 2015

New Phosphorus Pyramid: Today’s Focus on Phosphorus for Kidney Patients

The Phosphorus Pyramid, a new tool for learning about phosphorus control, was created by researchers Claudia D’Alessandro, Giorgina B Piccoli, and Adamasco Cupisti from Italy. This pyramid does not focus on phosphorus content of foods alone. It incorporates the newer focus on phosphorus load–how much phosphorus is retained due to digestion, absorption and removal (by the kidneys, dialysis and/or phosphate binders). Read more…

March 24, 2015

Healthy Springtime Eating

Happy Spring!

Birds are singing, snow is melting (or will be soon!), plants are flowering , and trees showing their new green leaves. Springtime is a time of renewal, a great time to focus on your kidney diet. Think about updating your meal routine with some of the newest guidelines for eating healthy on a kidney diet.

Checkout the newest DaVita cookbook, Today’s Kidney Diet: Healthy Kidney-Friendly Meals in 30 Minutes or Less for some great recipes to renew your kidney diet. You’ll also find tips for stocking a kidney-friendly kitchen and a quick reference guide for what to eat based on your stage of kidney disease. Read more…

March 20, 2015

Spring into Action to Help Senior Citizens

MA Blog ImageMedicare Advantage (MA) is a federal program that helps provide coordinated health care to seniors. Currently there are proposed changes by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to the MA program. These changes mean higher costs and fewer healthcare choices.

There are seniors who already face difficulties paying for medications, sometimes choosing between food, medicine, or keeping the lights on.  Think about what additional costs will mean to them–or to many others facing challenges. People with early kidney disease and/or diabetes are at risk for losing important preventative and coordinated care services.

You can help! Spring into action to send a message to Congress by clicking on the above graphic. It only takes a minute. You can make a difference–each message counts.

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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. Read more…

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…

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