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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…

September 1, 2014

Diabetes and Kidney Diet Conversation

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Do you have diabetes and kidney disease? Are you confused about how to combine the eating guidelines for both diets? So are many others! You are invited to join me along with DaVita dietitians Susan and Megan for a Google+ Hangout “Kidney Diet Tips Diabetes Edition”.  Sign up and join the diabetes and kidney diet conversation today. You can send your questions to us prior to the event and we will answer as many as possible at the event.

August 29, 2014

Easy Labor Day Snack Recipes

These days people are so busy and constantly connected. Here’s a reminder to take full advantage of a day of rest from usual work tasks this Labor Day. Kidney patients who work often have even more to do because they are juggling work with doctor appointments, clinic visits, ordering medications, checking health records, and other health-related tasks. Unplug and focus on doing what you love, visiting family and friends, or even sleeping in this coming Monday.

When you get ready for a snack, try one of these easy-to-make kidney-friendly recipes from DaVita.com. Share one with a friend who’s also taking advantage of a labor-free day.

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Addictive PretzelsArtichoke Relish with Pita Chips
Artichoke Relish on Toasted Pita
Deviled Eggs
Easy Summer Fruit Dip

 

 

 

 

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August 6, 2014

  Please pass over the salt

iStock_000000597146Small-Salt Shaker PassFollowing a low-sodium diet would be easier to monitor if you bought only fresh, whole foods and prepared them at home. In current times, that just doesn’t seem so doable all the time. Read more…

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